Thematic Resources for “Joy” – Dec. 2017

Resources for the theme of Joy for the month of December 2017



The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams

The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My

Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin.

Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse

Children’s Books

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud

“100 Things That Make Me Happy” by Amy Schwartz.

“The Happy Owls” by Celestino Piatti.


Love Actually,  Up,  Mary Poppins, Toy Story, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,



The  Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (who was a UU) 






“Instructing Myself Over and Over in Joy” by Parker Palmer, from the ON BEING with

Krista Tippett blog.


Activities for All Ages

Make Artist Trading Cards link to pdf

(and trade them in person and online) If you make  some, take photos and share them with

HUP via email or by posting them to our facebook page


Make Kindness Rocks and leave them around town



“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“The Joy that isn’t shared, I’ve heard, dies young.” -Anne Sexton

“Music will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!” – Louise Bogan

“Joy to the world, all the boys and girls. Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea. Joy to you and me.” – Three Dog Night

‘Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering. Its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”  ~John Green, The Fault in Our Stars  

“Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.”  ~Leo Tolstoy