Saturday, December 20, 2014

5 Reasons to Travel More



Everyone is always ready to go on a new adventure. Whether you want to eat your way through a foodie mecca, immerse yourself in a new culture or explore remote trails in untamed frontiers, the new year is the best time to set new goals and take action. So, it probably comes as no surprise that at the start of each year, Americans resolve to travel more. Yet according to The Travel Effect, a study released by the U.S. Travel Association, more than 4 out of 10 U.S. employees ended 2013 with unused time off -- an average of more than three paid days forfeited per worker.

So, why are U.S. workers depriving themselves the chance to experience somewhere new? "A lot of Americans would love the concept of traveling, but they never made the time for it," explained Joe Diaz, co-founder of AFAR, a multiplatform media company that includes the travel magazine AFAR and AFAR.com. With a mission to inspire people to have meaningful travel experiences across the globe, AFAR also encourages (and grants a $2,000 annual travel stipend for) its employees to go to a new country each year. According to Diaz, stepping out of your comfort zone to visit a new place is critical, regardless of whether you're a seasoned globetrotter or a rookie traveler. "Travel is a great way to open your mind, open your heart and broaden your perspective."

With this in mind, U.S. News spoke with Diaz to chart the top five reasons to travel in 2015, along with some savvy ways to maximize those vacation days for your most enriching trip yet.


5. Because you'll gain perspective

To give underprivileged students the opportunity to embrace experiential travel, AFAR established the nonprofit foundation Learning AFAR, which organizes and sponsors trips for high school students. Trips can include everything from constructing a school library in Peru to ziplining through cloud-covered rainforests and spotting sea turtle hatchlings in Costa Rica. "I think Learning AFAR speaks to the heart," Diaz said. "If you can get young people out in the world, it completely changes their lives and the lives of people around them." But this doesn't only apply to America's youth. Sure, vacations can make us happier and more productive employees, but it's not just about recharging our batteries. Traveling can have a profound impact on your work will stay with you long after your trip, he added.

4. Because you'll be more empathetic

Travel doesn't only inspire cultural interconnectivity. As Diaz put it, travel "creates a culture of conversation," adding that people who have had the opportunity to travel tend to have a broader global perspective. After visiting somewhere unfamiliar, "you have this realization that 99 percent of people in this world are there to help you, not hurt you." Diaz recommends staying open-minded throughout your trip, and being willing to strike up a conversation with everyone from your taxi driver to your waiter to your bartender. That heightened understanding of a culture's people and their way of life will stay with you long after your trip, he added.

3. Because you'll embrace new challenges and passions

Traveling somewhere exotic allows you to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life and engage with your surroundings. And stepping outside your comfort zone helps raise cultural awareness and trigger self-discovery. Diaz advised asking yourself "What am I passionate about?" and using those passions to spark new curiosities and interests. "Don't bother taking the map. Just walk. Allow yourself to get a little bit lost," he said. By abandoning your fixed routine and schedule, you'll allow for spontaneity and experience a destination in a new light, explained Diaz. "It's the best form of education. When you can understand something in a fuller way, and make a more informed decision about things, that's what's going to make the world better," he said.

2. Because even short trips can be enriching

For the inexperienced traveler, planning a meaningful trip when you only have a limited number of days off may seem like a daunting task. But you don't have to carve out a week or a few weeks to reap the benefits of travel. "We always have to keep in mind that it's all relative," emphasized Diaz. "For one person, getting on a cruise ship might be the biggest trip of their life." Ask yourself, "What can I take? What can I afford?" and let spontaneity be your guide, he advised. By allotting yourself a few days to explore something that you're passionate about, you'll challenge yourself. Even if you're a novice traveler or a bit apprehensive, attempting something new and embracing a positive attitude throughout the process will enable you to "stretch yourself further," Diaz added.



1. Because you'll find fulfillment

Why are we inspired to travel? Travel exposes us to diverse cultures, perspectives and passions; and, ultimately, helps us become more engaged and enlightened citizens. "If you can walk out your front door in a curious, open-minded way, you're just going to live a more fulfilling life," Diaz said. Embracing the same inquisitive approach applied to traveling somewhere unfamiliar can trigger a greater awareness about different cultures and ourselves. As Diaz summed up, "Travel is not something that you do; travel is a state of being."

Originally posted on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/us-news-travel/5-reasons-to-travel-more_b_6348948.html

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happiness Around the World

This map shows the happiness of countries around the world. It shows the extent to which countries deliver long, happy and environmentally sustainable lives for their citizens according to the Happy Planet Index HPI

An interesting map from MoveHub reveals how happy people are around the world.

Happines Index Around the World

The new HPI results show the extent to which 151 countries across the globe produce long, happy and sustainable lives for the people that live in them.  The overall index scores rank countries based on their efficiency, how many long and happy lives each produces per unit of environmental output.

Each of the three component measures – life expectancy, experienced well-being and Ecological Footprint – is given a traffic-light score based on thresholds for good (green), middling (amber) and bad (red) performance. These scores are combined to an expanded six-colour traffic light for the overall HPI score, where, to achieve bright green – the best of the six colours, a country would have to perform well on all three individual components.

The scores for the HPI and the component measures can be viewed in map or table-form. By clicking on any individual country in the map or table you can explore its results in more detail.

Most measures of national progress put a high emphasis on the economic activity without too much concern for environmental limits or less tangible aspects, such as well-being. The HPI (Happy Planet Index) puts at the heart the idea that happiness is not necessarily about wealth, but living long lives with a high experience of well-being within the environmental limits of the planet.

The reason for some high-income nations to score significantly below other nations is the ecological footprint left on the planet. It is important to note, however, that the data does not take into account internal inequality measures and human rights issues tied to some countries which are high up in the rankings. Similarly, this map illustrates the differences in the absolute HPI score and does not take into account the differences between the variables that determine the score.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

10 THINGS THAT CHANGE ONCE YOU’VE LIVED OVERSEAS


10 THINGS THAT CHANGE ONCE YOU’VE LIVED OVERSEAS
September 22, 2014 · by Kimberlynn Boyce


The rewarding experiences one gains from living life overseas can sometimes be crowded out by the inevitable struggles that come with the full, expat-life package. But it’s through those struggles and challenges that you discover more about yourself and the world around you. You embrace lessons learned and broaden your horizons. If you’ve ever lived for an extended amount of time somewhere other than your home country, then you’ve probably experienced some if not all of these changes while living abroad.


1. You are constantly learning and unlearning language. I’m no expert on the brain, but I have a suspicious feeling that my brain regularly shuts the door on certain native-tongue-vocabulary words so that my search will lead me to the word I’m looking for in my newly acquired language. That’s all fine and dandy; that is, unless I was really hoping to find the word in my native language. It’s one thing to feel a little embarrassed when you don’t know the word for something in the language you’re still learning. It’s a whole new level of embarrassment when you’re talking to close friends and family members and can’t seem to find the English word to express what you’re trying to say. No, I’m not trying to be pretentious and passively brag about the fact that I’m confusing two languages, thereby pointing out that I know two languages. I’m legitimately having a humiliating moment right now and I’m desperately trying to find the word before I let the sentence, “I forgot the English word for it,” depart from my lips.


2. Life is regularly lived out of a suitcase. For some reason, I thought our suitcases would start collecting dust once we made the big move across the world. I even thought to myself, “Wow, what are we going to do with all these suitcases now that we’ve arrived to our final destination?” Now I know. We keep on using them. The suitcases are continually slid up and down the top of our bedroom armoire as we make visa trips, medical trips, business trips, and the occasional vacation sprinkled throughout each of the aforementioned trips. We know airline luggage allowance and how to get the most use out of luggage space like it’s our national anthem. If unloading your bags and pockets, walking through a metal detector (while also herding and maintaining control of your children) and then recollecting all your possessions on the other end were an olympic sport, we would likely take home the gold year after year.


3. This is your life, not a trip. It’s a clear distinction you’re able to make once you’ve packed your life into an allowed amount of suitcases, hopped onto a plane, and then started from scratch in land that’s full of newness to you. Last time I checked, I’ve never had to repair my own toilet or pay bills and rent on any of my trips. Nevertheless, you will still be asked “How was your trip,” when you return back to your home country for a visit every now and again. Your lip might get blistered from biting it so many times. Sometimes you might want to yell from the mountaintops, “I haven’t been on a trip!” Sometimes you might want to snap back with a question of your own, “I don’t know. How have the past 3 years of your life been?” But in reality, the person asking the question means no harm or offense. Instead you give a quick, honest, and polite answer, “So much has happened the past 3 years. We’ll have to sit down to a meal sometime so I can share some of the highlights!”
















4. Conversions and exchange rates are always on the mind.  In the kitchen, I have my recipe set out and my conversion app opened up on my phone. When I’m grocery shopping and see vanilla extract, my joy is quickly followed with disappointment once I’ve calculated the exchange rate in my head. We change currencies so frequently, I’m always the dumbfounded customer at the check-out counter searching frantically for the numbers on the bills and coins because I haven’t had time to memorize “the look” of the money. Cue the kind cashier woman giving me a nod of reassurance when I pull up the appropriate bill.


5. The line between normal and strange has blurred a bit. Every culture has it’s clear distinctions on what is acceptable and what’s not. However, to the outsider coming in, who brings with them a set of different, but still clearly marked, cultural “dos and don’ts”, it can cause quite the clash of viewpoints. For 23 years of my life I believed that openly picking your nose in public was just plain wrong, but picking your teeth with a toothpick after a meal was acceptable. Would you believe that the exact opposite is true where we live now? I’m not saying I pick my nose in public now…but I’m also not prepared to deny it.



6. Time is measured differently. It becomes harder and harder to measure things by calendar measurements. You tend to gravitate towards unique mile markers that help you remember how long you’ve lived in one location or how many times you’ve moved or where all you’ve lived. Sometimes a visa situation causes you to make an unexpected move, temporary or permanent. Sometimes you live in one location for language school until you’ve passed all your tests and can move on to another destination. You are never sure how long you’ll be able to stay in one spot so you just throw calendar days out the window. Instead, you measure time with things that stick out to you most. I’ll never forget the words of a TCK whose family has moved more than a few times while living overseas: “We don’t measure our life in years, but in kitchens.” For her, it’s easier to remember how many kitchens she’s cooked in with her mom rather than how many years they’ve lived in certain locations.


7. The word “routine” is not in your vocabulary. Whatever predictable outcome you once had for any given set of events has now been removed as a possibility. In fact, you now put it in the category of “miracle” if something happens the way you once thought it should happen. It’s no longer out of the ordinary to devote an entire day to paying two bills. You don’t expect electricity and water each day. You always have a back-up plan for that “just in case” moment when you’re suddenly without electricity and/or water. Your senses have sharpened because of your need to be on your toes at any given moment for the unexpected…because those moments happen a lot more frequently than they did before you moved abroad.













8. Material possessions do not equate happiness. You don’t have to move overseas to realize this, but there’s something about the nomadic life that makes you really stop and consider what you hold on to and let go of. The possibility of moving to another country is always in the back of your mind. In many cases, you’re better off not shipping a crate of all your belongings due to the fear of it being held up in customs for a year or more. This means that things might have to be sold again and dwindled down to the essentials that can fit in those suitcases of yours. You stop gathering and collecting and start making mental notes of what’s most valuable and worth hauling to another far-away land. You come to find out there are a handful of things that make this adventure of yours so great and everything else is expendable.


9. Anything seems possible. Before you moved overseas, you didn’t think it was possible to pack everything you wanted to take with you in a few suitcases. But you did it, and now you can’t remember half the stuff you left behind. Cooking seemed like such a daunting task with all the substitutions that were required to make it work. Now you’re able to whip up some of your old favorites in a flash and you’ve since added some new, local recipes to your collection (so no substitutions are required). You’ve kissed your comforts goodbye and you’ve survived. You might even be thriving in your new culture at this point.


10. You are different. You leave marks on people and people leave marks on you. Some things don’t matter to you as much as they once did and other things matter more. You’re continually humbled as you frequently find yourself in a position of needing help and guidance…sometimes from a complete stranger. Almost daily you are in a position where nothing is so familiar that you’re able to take it for granted. You knew you would set out on this new adventure as a learner of language and culture, you just didn’t realize exactly how much, in turn, you would learn about yourself.


Lake Atitlan, Guatemala














“If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.”


Elizabeth Gilbert


This post is an original post of Taking Route.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Most Positive Countries in The World


When it comes to experiencing positive emotions, Latin America may have the rest of the world beat.

A new report from Gallup shows that nine out of the top 10 countries with the highest percentages of residents experiencing positive emotions are located in Latin America. Paraguay came in No. 1, followed by Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Colombia. Denmark was the only country in the top 10 not located in Latin America.

Experiencing positive emotions was defined as smiling or laughing, experiencing enjoyment, being treated with respect, feeling well-rested, and learning or doing something interesting in the previous day. Survey data from about 1,000 residents in each of 138 countries was used for the report.

Meanwhile, Syria had the lowest percentage of residents reporting positive emotions, followed by Chad, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Nepal and Belarus. According to the Gallup report, just 31 percent of Syrians reported feeling well-rested, 25 percent reported learning or doing something interesting, and 31 percent reported feeling enjoyment in the previous day.

Overall, the majority of people reported feeling positive emotions, Gallup researchers found. At least seven out of 10 adults surveyed overall reported laughing or smiling a lot, feeling well-rested, being treated with respect or experiencing enjoyment in the previous day, while a bit more than half reported learning or doing something interesting the previous day.

Article posted on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/


Sunday, April 6, 2014

The secret to happiness


What is the connection between happiness and gratefulness? Many people would say, well, that's very easy. When you are happy, you are grateful. But think again. Is it really the happy people that are grateful? We all know quite a number of people who have everything that it would take to be happy, and they are not happy, because they want something else or they want more of the same. And we all know people who have lots of misfortune, misfortune that we ourselves would not want to have, and they are deeply happy. They radiate happiness. You are surprised. Why? Because they are grateful. So it is not happiness that makes us grateful. It's gratefulness that makes us happy. If you think it's happiness that makes you grateful, think again. It's gratefulness that makes you happy.

Now, we can ask, what really do we mean by gratefulness? And how does it work? I appeal to your own experience. We all know from experience how it goes. We experience something that's valuable to us. Something is given to us that's valuable to us. And it's really given. These two things have to come together. It has to be something valuable, and it's a real gift. You haven't bought it. You haven't earned it. You haven't traded it in. You haven't worked for it. It's just given to you. And when these two things come together, something that's really valuable to me and I realize it's freely given, then gratefulness spontaneously rises in my heart, happiness spontaneously rises in my heart. That's how gratefulness happens.



Now the key to all this is that we cannot only experience this once in a while. We cannot only have grateful experiences. We can be people who live gratefully. Grateful living, that is the thing. And how can we live gratefully? By experiencing, by becoming aware that every moment is a given moment, as we say. It's a gift. You haven't earned it. You haven't brought it about in any way. You have no way of assuring that there will be another moment given to you, and yet, that's the most valuable thing that can ever be given to us, this moment, with all the opportunity that it contains. If we didn't have this present moment, we wouldn't have any opportunity to do anything or experience anything, and this moment is a gift. It's a given moment, as we say.

Now, we say the gift within this gift is really the opportunity. What you are really grateful for is the opportunity, not the thing that is given to you, because if that thing were somewhere else and you didn't have the opportunity to enjoy it, to do something with it, you wouldn't be grateful for it. Opportunity is the gift within every gift, and we have this saying, opportunity knocks only once. Well, think again. Every moment is a new gift, over and over again, and if you miss the opportunity of this moment, another moment is given to us, and another moment. We can avail ourselves of this opportunity, or we can miss it, and if we avail ourselves of the opportunity, it is the key to happiness. Behold the master key to our happiness in our own hands. Moment by moment, we can be grateful for this gift.


Does that mean that we can be grateful for everything? Certainly not. We cannot be grateful for violence, for war, for oppression, for exploitation. On the personal level, we cannot be grateful for the loss of a friend, for unfaithfulness, for bereavement. But I didn't say we can be grateful for everything. I said we can be grateful in every given moment for the opportunity, and even when we are confronted with something that is terribly difficult, we can rise to this occasion and respond to the opportunity that is given to us. It isn't as bad as it might seem. Actually, when you look at it and experience it, you find that most of the time, what is given to us is opportunity to enjoy, and we only miss it because we are rushing through life and we are not stopping to see the opportunity.

But once in a while, something very difficult is given to us, and when this difficult thing occurs to us, it's a challenge to rise to that opportunity, and we can rise to it by learning something which is sometimes painful. Learning patience, for instance. We have been told that the road to peace is not a sprint, but is more like a marathon. That takes patience. That's difficult. It may be to stand up for your opinion, to stand up for your conviction. That's an opportunity that is given to us. To learn, to suffer, to stand up, all these opportunities are given to us, but they are opportunities, and those who avail themselves of those opportunities are the ones that we admire. They make something out of life. And those who fail get another opportunity. We always get another opportunity. That's the wonderful richness of life.

So how can we find a method that will harness this? How can each one of us find a method for living gratefully, not just once in a while being grateful, but moment by moment to be grateful. How can we do it? It's a very simple method. It's so simple that it's actually what we were told as children when we learned to cross the street. Stop. Look. Go. That's all. But how often do we stop? We rush through life. We don't stop. We miss the opportunity because we don't stop. We have to stop. We have to get quiet. And we have to build stop signs into our lives.

Monk David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful Ted Talk 
http://www.ted.com/talks/david_steindl_rast_want_to_be_happy_be_grateful


Monday, January 20, 2014

Top 100 C.S. Lewis Quotes


C. S. Lewis is one of the most quoted authors online. This top 100 list is a compilation of the most retweeted and repinned quotes shared by CSLewisDaily. CS Lewis Daily is also on Google+ and Facebook.

1. Brave "Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.” On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature (1966)

2. Joy “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” Letters to Malcolm (1964)

3. Honor "We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” The Abolition of Man (1943)

4. Goodness “There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.” The Great Divorce (1945)

5. Grief “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” A Grief Observed (1961)

6. Choice “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.” Mere Christianity (1952)

7. Preach “Jesus Christ did not say, "Go into all the world and tell the world that it is quite right" God In The Dock (1970)

8. Education "The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts." The Abolition of Man (1943)

9. Mothers "The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. "Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis (2006)

10. Interruptions “The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one's life.” Collected Works of C. S. Lewis (1994)

11. The Future "The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” The Screwtape Letters (1942)

12. Joy “I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.” Mere Christianity (1952)

13. Free Will “There are only two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way." The Great Divorce (1945)

14. Vulnerable "To love at all is to be vulnerable" The Four Loves (1960)

15. Remember "A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.” Out of the Silent Planet (1938)

16. Service "It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one." Letters to Malcolm (1964)

17. Sacrifice "The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self--all your wishes and precautions--to Christ." Mere Christianity (1952)

18. Good vs. Bad “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.” Mere Christianity (1952)

19. Change “Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different...” Prince Caspian (1951)

20. Behavior "When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world." Mere Christianity (1952)

21. Conceit "If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed." Mere Christianity (1952)

22. Love "Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained." God In The Dock (1970)

23. Mirrors "We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us." The Four Loves (1960)

24. Wants “All get what they want; they do not always like it.” The Magician's Nephew (1955)

25. Reality "[Reality] is not neat, not obvious, not what you expect." Mere Christianity (1952)

26. Pure in Heart “It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.” The Problem of Pain (1940)

27. Fidelity "Being in love" first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise.” Mere Christianity (1952)

28. Narnia "All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” The Last Battle (1956)

29. Truth "Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth." C.S. Lewis: An examined life (2007)

30. Family "The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal." The Weight of Glory (1949)

31. Forgiveness "Forgiveness does not mean excusing" Fern Seed and Elephants (1967)

32. Love "Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness." The Problem of Pain (1940)

33. Miracles “Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” God In The Dock (1970)

34. Aslan "This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)

35. Peace "God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing." Mere Christianity” (1952)

36. Give “Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.” Mere Christianity (1952)

37. Beauty "We do not want merely to see beauty . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words - to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it." Transposition and Other Addresses (1949)

38. Dependent "You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God." Mere Christianity (1952)

39. Perspective “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” The Magician's Nephew (1955)

40. Warning! "Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar." The Screwtape Letters (1942)

41. Temptation “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good." Mere Christianity (1952)

42. Friends “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” The Four Loves (1960)

43. Clean and Bright “The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man's self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred” Mere Christianity (1952)

44. Compliment "It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed" Reflections on the Psalms (1964)

45. God's Glory “A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.” The Problem of Pain (1940)

46. Future “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis (2006)

47. The Door "The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.” The Weight of Glory (1949)

48. Friendship “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” The Problem of Pain (1940)

49. The Future “The Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.” The Screwtape Letters (1942)

50. Desire “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” Mere Christianity (1952)

51. God speaks "God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world." The Problem of Pain (1940)

52. Silence “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis (2006)

53. Individual "When Christ died, he died for you individually just as much as if you had been the only person in the world." Mere Christianity (1952)

54. Excuses "In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people's, we do not accept them easily enough." The Weight of Glory (1949)

55. Forgiving ourselves "If God forgives us we must forgive ourselves otherwise it’s like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than him." Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis (2006)

56. Treasures "All these toys were never intended to possess my heart. My true good is in another world, and my only real treasure is Christ." The Problem of Pain (1940)

57. Blessings "When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place." Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C.S. Lewis (2008)

58. Father of Lights "No good work is done anywhere without aid from the Father of Lights." Reflections on the Psalms (1964)

59. Pain "God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain." Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis (2006)

60. Presence of God "We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with him. He walks everywhere incognito." Letters to Malcolm (1964)

61. Walking "To walk out of his will is to walk into nowhere." Perelandra (1946)

62. Despair "Faith in Christ is the only thing to save you from despair." The Joyful Christian (1977)

63. Bad men "Of all the bad men, religious bad men are the worst." Reflections on the Psalms (1964)

64. Roads "One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness." The Pilgrim’s Regress (1933)

65. Reliance "Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done." Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis (2006)

66. Fairy tales "Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)

67. Prayers "If God had granted all the silly prayers I've made in my life, where should I be now?" Letters to Malcolm (1964)

68. A lovely idea "Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive." Mere Christianity (1952)

69. A stable "Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world." The Last Battle (1956)

70. Love "Though our feelings come and go, his love for us does not." Mere Christianity (1952)

71. Success "It is not your business to succeed, but to do right; when you have done so, the rest lies with God." Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C.S. Lewis (2008)

72. Faith "Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods." Mere Christianity (1952)

73. Becoming a Christian "If you're thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you, you're embarking on something, which will take the whole of you." Mere Christianity (1952)

74. Choices "Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it." Mere Christianity (1952)

75. Help "You must ask for God's help. ... After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again." Mere Christianity (1952)

76. Aim"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither." Mere Christianity (1952)

77. Free will "Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having." Mere Christianity (1952)

78. Alive "When all the suns and nebulae have passed away, each one of you will still be alive." The Weight of Glory (1949)

79. Arguing "When you are arguing against God you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all." Mere Christianity (1952)

80. The best "We're not doubting that God will do the best for us; we're wondering how painful the best will turn out to be." Letters of C. S. Lewis (1966)

81. Infinite attention "God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are as much alone with him as if you were the only being he had ever created." Mere Christianity (1952)

82. Happiness "God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing." Mere Christianity (1952)

83. Parachute "We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies, but he hopes he'll never have to use it." The Problem of Pain (1940)

84. Desire "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." Mere Christianity (1952)

85. Crucifixion "It cost God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost him crucifixion." Mere Christianity (1952)

86. Heart "The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it." The Abolition of Man (1943)

87. Goals "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." Chicken Soup for the Soul (1993)

88. Trust "There would be no sense in saying you trusted Jesus if you would not take his advice." Mere Christianity (1952)

89. Needs "God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want." The Problem of Pain (1940)

90. History "Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy." Mere Christianity (1952)

91. Neighbors "Do not waste time bothering whether you 'love' your neighbor; act as if you do, and you will presently come to love him." Mere Christianity (1952)

92. Low points "God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way." The Problem of Pain (1940)

93. Christianity "Christianity, if false, is of no importance and, if true, is of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important." God In The Dock (1970)

94. Pride "Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man." Mere Christianity (1952)

95. Religion "If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity." God In The Dock (1970)

96. Humility "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less." Mere Christianity (1952)

97. Forgiveness "To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." Essays on Forgiveness (1960)

98. The Son of God "The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God." Mere Christianity (1952)

99. Happiness "Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose." The Four Loves (1960)

100. Christianity "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen — not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." Is Theology Poetry (1945)