Lent is lurking around the corner, kicking off Wednesday, March 9 and lasting for what usually seems like an eternity. This 46-day stretch is a time to give up things you like that you are not supposed to like, such as chocolate, swearing and teasing your kid brother.
Although Mardi Gras lets you indulge in all the cocoa, cussing and badgering you wish in the hopes of getting it out of your system, most folks are jonesing for their forbidden fruits, so to speak, by day three. I once caught a coworker crouching by her desk stuffing her face full of chocolate-covered almonds.
There is a better way.
If you’re going to play the Lent game, which you can do regardless of your religious background, make it into a time of self-improvement rather than a time of suffering. Instead of focusing on giving up things that make you happy, turn the tables and give up things that only to make you miserable.