The church I go to encourages doing something extra during lent, as opposed to giving something up.
I think that that is a great idea. O.K. so giving up something for Lent might be good for you, but does it benefit the wider world? If we all gave up chocolate for Lent, the cocoa bean growers and Messrs. Rowntree, Cadbury and Fry would suffer. Or if you do give up chocolate or something else for Lent, donate the money you would have spent on sweeties to charity.