ARTICLES FROM CHURCH MAGAZINES:
Fun and Happiness by Claudio Costa
Living after the manner of happiness by Marlin K. Jensen
The Search for Happiness by W. Eugene Hansen
FAMILY HOME EVENING LESSONS:
Be of good cheer by Valerie Lee
Family Home Evening Lesson from Deseret Book on Happiness
God's recipe for happiness by Char
Happiness is a thankful heart (bookmark)
I went to JoAnn's and bought 4 small mirrors to a package for 99 cents. Then I am going to glue them on to decorated 1/4 sheets of card stock with the quote by President Harold B. Lee "Happiness does not depend on what happens outside of you but on what happens inside of you" and put a ribbon bow through the top so they can hang it up. (Idea by Cheryl Smith)
Joy in the Journey by Melanie Day
Magnifying Glass (dollar store): "Happiness is a habit - focus on it!"
Peace and Happiness
Almond Joy Pockets by Cindy Wilkinson
Finding Happiness Now by Carolyn Beth
Finding Happiness Within by Erika Miller
Finding Happiness Within by Jana Gubler
Gratitude Journals by Patty Whaley
Happiness Booklet by Ranae Pincock
Handout Idea from Emma's Place
How I learned to be happy by Tiersa Ludlow
I went to JoAnn's and bought 4 small mirrors to a package for .99 cents. I needed 5 packages. Then I am going to glue them on to decorated 1/4 sheets of card stock with the quote by President Harold B. Lee "Happiness does not depend on what happens outside of you but on what happens inside of you" and put a ribbon bow through the top so they can hang it up. (Idea by Cheryl Smith)
A sure way to happiness
The Highs and Lows of Life
You could talk about JOY being an acronym for J-Jesus Christ; O-Others; Y-Yourself. True joy comes when we put Christ first and serve others, then we too will have joy. Bring a cup to class and fill it 1/4 - 1/3 full with vinegar. In a plastic spoon, put 1/2 tsp. of baking soda. Make sure you have a tray underneath the cup as it will spill over. Use the spoon and stir it into the vinegar mixture. Discuss how serving Christ and others will cause our joy to overflow. Contrast one's feelings when you serve others compared to when you serve yourself. You could even tie in the Parable of the Spoon.
LESSONS FROM CHURCH MANUALS:
Happiness comes from choosing the right (Primary 2 Manual)
NEW ERA POSTERS:
Rise above the blues
Armor of God - This object lesson could be used to show how we gain protection when we follow God & are happier.
ONLINE VIDEO CLIPS:
Counsel to Youth by Boyd K. Packer
How can I find happiness?
Man's Search for Happiness
Unleashing the Dormant Spirit by Elder F. Enzio Busche
We can find happiness
Your Potential, Your Privileges
Happiness is like a butterfly
Psalm 35:9; 2 Nephi 5:27; Mosiah 2:41; 3 Nephi 17:18–20; 4 Nephi 1:15–16; D&C 18:10–16
Hot Chocolate Happiness
The Banana and Monkey Story by President Kimball
The Hospital Window
Thomas S. Monson, “Finding Peace,” Liahona and Ensign, Mar. 2004, 3. Use the three sections in the article to discuss ways to find joy.
James E. Faust, “The Virtues of Righteous Daughters of God,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 108; “Ten Ways to Make a Difference,” New Era, Nov. 2004, 4. List the 10 virtues in the article, and discuss how they can make us happy.
“Questions and Answers,” Liahona, Apr. 2005, 22; New Era, Apr. 2005, 16. Use this article to start a discussion on how to be happy despite inadequacies.
VIDEO CLIPS: Check your church library to see if they have any of these videos...
Come unto me - Man's Search for Happiness : Answers the questions: Where did we come from? What is the purpose of earth life? Where do we go after death? Birth, life, and death are shown in an eternal perspective. Emphasizes the importance of the family unit in God's plan. 13 min. (Clip 1)