Instructions: Following the Learning Model

  • Prepare: Spend at least 15-20 minutes studying the information listed below.
  • Teach One Another: Spend 5-10 minutes teaching the associated principle to an individual or group.
  • Ponder and Prove: Reflect on each principle, make plans, and set goals to improve.

Definitions:

Joy is a condition of great happiness coming from righteous living. The purpose of mortal life is for all people to have joy. A full joy will come only through Jesus Christ. (“Joy,” Guide to the Scriptures, lds.org)

Questions:

  • What is joy (in both a spiritual and secular sense)?
  • What have prophets and apostles taught us about joy?
  • How can we have joy and happiness in our lives?
  • What does it mean to “generate” joy and how is it done?

Quotes:

“When we are happy—when our mindset and mood are positive—we are smarter, more motivated, and thus more successful. Happiness is the center, and success revolves around it.” – Shawn Achor

“Most people believe our happiness can only be the response to a certain stimulus…people think that a stimulus will lead to a response of happiness…If they have the proper stimulus, they believe, then their response will be happiness.

But what if the opposite is true? What if happiness is the stimulus and the response is whatever life brings from that happiness?” –Art Berg

“You don’t have joy; you choose intentionally to generate it. Just like you don’t have happiness, you generate happiness by the way that you think the way that you behave, the life that you construct.” – Brendon Burchard

“One positive thought in the morning can change your entire day.” – Zig Ziglar

LDS Quotes:

“Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it.” – Prophet Joseph Smith

“I am asking that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley

“Whoever you are and wherever you may be, you hold in your hands the happiness of more people than you can imagine.” – Henry B. Eyring

“Try and keep on trying until that which seems difficult becomes possible, and that which seems only possible becomes a habit and a real part of you.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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By: Stephanie Wenzel, Human Resources, Training and Development