What's the secret to happiness? 'Simplicity'

What's the secret behind happiness? Glenn has certainly found something that works for his family: no video games! And, of course, more family game time.

"I told you about maybe three or four weeks ago that I've always had a hard time being diligent on reading the scriptures. I usually read them every night myself, but I have a hard time reading them with the family and, you know, my faith teaches that if you have family prayer and family scripture study every single night and a family home evening where you just play games, your world will change," Glenn said on radio this morning.

The Beck family has experimented with no electronics and video games before, but never for an extended period of time. About a month ago, however, Glenn came home and insisted they rid themselves of superfluous electronics, especially video games, and if anyone violated the rule he threatened to throw everything in the bottom of the pool.

"The family has really worked hard on it. We went on our vacation here just this last week and it was the best family vacation we have ever had. And it was simple. We did nothing. We went up to the farm and we were just on the farm and we fed the horses, we rode the horses, we cleaned out the barn one day, we moved logs. I mean, that's all we did. And we played cards, we played games, and I told you about three, four weeks ago that we started ‑‑ because I could not ever get the family to sit down because it would always be at the end of the night. We'd do it right before bed and then you'd be like everybody was tired and let's just blow it off; we'll do it tomorrow," he said.

"I finally said, enough is enough. If you're going to eat, you're coming with your scriptures and we're reading our scriptures. And so we read our scriptures every night during a meal and we just, each one reads a verse and we talk about one chapter every night."

"Between getting rid of the video games, getting rid of the electronics and so now it is, television time is we all sit down as a family to watch it and so we're all watching it together or we're not watching it. Between that, reading our scriptures at dinner every single night, saying our prayers every single night, and dedicating ourselves to what the real priorities are."

" I mean, I saw a real change in me even yesterday. Guy came with me from work. We had a whole bunch of work to do. I went home. It was 4:00 in the afternoon and I went home and Tania said, 'Raphe has been, you know, invited over to his friend's house to play soccer.' And I said, 'Well, I thought we were going to watch the rest of the football game this afternoon.' And she said, 'Oh, that's right.' And I said, just ask Raphe. Tell him I'm here. If he wants to watch the rest of the football game. Otherwise, he can go with his friends. Expecting he would go with his friends to play soccer. And he came downstairs and he was like, 'No. Dad, I can play anytime. Dad and I are going to watch the football game.'"

"That's huge. And so he watched the football game. And here's the change in me. This friend of mine said, 'You want to do ‑‑ you want to ‑‑ can we do some extra stuff now, or should we do it...' and I looked at him and said, 'No. See you tomorrow.' And family was my priority."

"My family made us the priority, and we have seen a massive change, massive change. And I have to tell you, I was truly afraid of losing my family or losing members of my family in the last year. It's been hair‑raising. And as Pat knows, our family has gone through, you know, a few ship wrecks in the past and this one scared me more than any of them. And what a difference just reconnecting to the basics."

"Everyone will tell you that vacations have to be fancy, they have to be whatever. Really, my kids were throwing rocks at posts and playing with sticks, and I know, for guns. I couldn't stop it all. Playing with sticks as guns. And then we were playing cards and we did not turn on a television," Glenn said.

Glenn said that in the end, the secret to happiness can be found in the time-tested simple things in life.

"Simplicity, things that are authentic, things that are time‑tested are the answer. It is not about running somebody to ballet class or a karate class, it is not about signing up for football, it's not about having the right clothes, it's not about having the right house," Glenn said. " We have the luxury of having everything that we need and then comparing it to what most people have, and what most people have is better than having everything. And I know that's easy for me to say, but we have lived it and it is ‑‑ it's worth appreciating that everything you need is already there. Everything that's really important and the secret to your happiness is already there."

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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