The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016



Peck on life and pain

The price of connection is pain…A full life will be full of pain. But the only alternative is not to live fully or not to live at all. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled

Merton on the secret of joy

Merton proposes that joy is the easiest thing in the world to possess.

Hawke on Happiness

Often we imagine that we will work hard until we arrive at some distant goal, and then we will be happy. This is a delusion. Happiness is the result of a life lived with purpose. Happiness is not an objective.... Continue Reading →

The Grant Study on Happiness

George Vaillant conducted one of the longest-duration longitudinal studies in history. Over 75 years he has studied a group of almost 300 Harvard grads to identify what contributes to health and happiness. A parallel study of almost 500 disadvantaged youth... Continue Reading →

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