There’s no denying that money is important, but too much focus on it creates stress and anxiety as well as marital and family conflict. Measuring success in terms of material wealth puts the focus on what we lack rather than on what we already have. Fortunately, gratitude prayers are one of the most effective ways to combat this when we could use a reminder that our needs are often already met.
Thanks to a world where we’re constantly barraged by information and consumerism, simple living has become a popular trend. Books offering simple living tips dominated the bestseller lists in 2016. Most of the advice promises that owning less stuff and abandoning the pursuit of wealth to spend more time on things that matter — family, creative pursuits, travel, volunteering, involvement in churches and communities — is the key to happiness. But is it?