"Become a saint, and do so quickly!" – JP2

Happiness

Empty Heart Dude wallpaper - Big Poster with arrows

It’s always good to be reminded of these two simple facts:

  1. Everyone wants to be happy
  2. Nothing in this world will ever completely make us happy

The graphic above was created as a way to remind myself to watch out for all the silly pitfalls of the world that promise (yet don’t deliver) true happiness. I’ve found it to be an important spiritual reminder for myself and have been amazed at how valuable of a resource it’s been for my 7th and 8th grade students. I believe it captures a bit of what Jesus was getting at when he said, “What good is it to gain the whole world yet lose your soul?” (Mark 8:36).

One could spend hours delving into the topics of happiness, the lies of the devil, and the empty promises of American culture, so if you’re interested in reflecting more on these topics please check out any of the following resources:

  1. The Four Levels of Happiness article (PDF), 4 Levels Cheat Sheet (PDF Cheat Sheet), Q&A about the 4 Levels (web link), Healing the Culture book by Fr. Robert Spitzer (web link)
  2. How To Be Truly Happy article by Fr. John Harden (PDF)
  3. The Pursuit of Happiness by Donald DeMarco (PDF)
  4. Chris Stefanick – Happiness (video web link)
  5. The Happiness Myth article by Steve Salerno (PDF)
  6. Jesus’ Concept of Happiness article series by Peter Kreeft (web link), Christ’s Concept of Happiness vs. The World’s audio talk by Peter Kreeft (web link)
  7. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis book (web link), The Screwtape Letters audio drama (web link)
  8. How to Win the Culture War – talk by Peter Kreeft (web link), How to Win the Culture War talk transcription (PDF)

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“I can’t get no satisfaction. But I try, and I try, and I try…”
The Rolling Stones

“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”
U2

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy,
the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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