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."

COVID is back! Or that is what we’re being told anyway...

A recent spike in COVID cases has triggered the left's alarm bells, and the following institutions have begun to reinstate COVID-era mandates. You might want to avoid them if you enjoy breathing freely...

Do YOU think institutions should bring back COVID-era mandates if cases increase? Let us know your thoughts HERE.

Morris Brown College

Both of Upstate Medical's hospitals in Syracuse, New York

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Auburn Community Hospital, New York

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United Health Services in New York

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There was a time when both the Left and the Right agreed that parents have the final say in raising their children... Not anymore.

In the People's Republic of California, the STATE, not parents, will determine whether children should undergo transgender treatments. The California state legislature just passed a law that will require judges in child custody cases to consider whether parents support a child’s gender transition. According to the law, the state now thinks total affirmation is an integral part of a child’s “health, safety, and welfare.”

We are inching closer to a dystopia where the state, not the parents, have ultimate rights over their children, a history that people from former Soviet nations would feign repeating.

Glenn dove into the law AND MORE in this episode titled, "Parental Advisory: The EXPLICIT plot to control YOUR kids." To get all the research that went into this episode AND information on how YOU can fight back, enter your email address below:

If you didn't catch Wednesday night's Glenn TV special, be sure to check it out HERE!

The Biden admin has let in MORE illegal aliens than the populations of THESE 15 states

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There are currently an estimated 16.8 MILLION illegal aliens residing in the United States as of June 2023, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). This number is already 1.3 million higher than FAIR's January 2022 estimate of 15.5 million and a 2.3 million increase from its end-of-2020 estimate. Even Democrats like New York City's Mayor Adams Mayor Adams are waking up to what Conservatives have been warning for years: we are in a border CRISIS.

However, this isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010. In the first two years of the Biden administration alone, the illegal alien population increased by 16 PERCENT nationwide, imposing a whopping net cost of $150.6 BILLION PER YEAR on American taxpayers. That is nearly DOUBLE the total amount that the Biden administration has sent to Ukraine.

This isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010.

These large numbers often make it difficult to conceptualize the sheer impact of illegal immigration on the United States. To put it in perspective, we have listed ALL 15 states and the District of Colombia that have smaller populations than the 2.3 MILLION illegal immigrants, who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration. That is more than the entire populations of Wyoming, Vermont, and South Dakota COMBINED—and the American taxpayers have to pay the price.

Here are all 16 states/districts that have FEWER people than the illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration.

1. New Mexico

Population: 2,110,011

2. Idaho

Population: 1,973,752

3. Nebraska

Population: 1,972,292

4. West Virginia

Population: 1,764,786

5. Hawaii

Population: 1,433,238

6. New Hampshire

Population: 1,402,957

7. Maine

Population: 1,393,442

8. Montana

Population: 1,139,507

9. Rhode Island

Population: 1,090,483

10. Delaware

Population: 1,031,985

11. South Dakota

Population: 923,484

12. North Dakota

Population: 780,588

13. Alaska

Population: 732,984

14. Washington DC

Population: 674,815

15. Vermont

Population: 647,156

16. Wyoming

Population: 583,279

POLL: Should the Government control the future of AI?

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Earlier this week, tech titans, lawmakers, and union leaders met on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of AI regulation. The three-hour meeting boasted an impressive roster of tech leaders including, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and others, along with more than 60 US Senators.

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The meeting was closed to the public, so what was exactly discussed is unknown. However, what we do know is that a majority of the CEOs support AI regulation, the most vocal of which is Elon Musk. During the meeting, Musk called AI "a double-edged sword" and strongly pushed for regulation in the interest of public safety.

A majority of the CEOs support AI regulation.

Many other related issues were discussed, including the disruption AI has caused to the job market. As Glenn has discussed on his program, the potential for AI to alter or destroy jobs is very real, and many have already felt the effects. From taxi drivers to Hollywood actors and writers, AI's presence can be felt everywhere and lawmakers are unsure how to respond.

The potential for AI to alter or destroy jobs is very real.

Ultimately, the meeting's conclusion was less than decisive, with several Senators making comments to the tune of "we need more time before we act." The White House is expected to release an executive order regarding AI regulation by the end of the year. But now it's YOUR turn to tell us what YOU think needs to be done!

Should A.I. be regulated?

Can the government be trusted with the power to regulate A.I.? 

Can Silicon Valley be trusted to regulate AI? 

Should AI development be slowed for safety, despite its potential advantages?

If a job can be done cheaper and better by AI, should it be taken away from a human?

Do you feel that your job is threatened by AI?