When we think about the right things, it changes us for the better. More joy. Less anxiety.

Notes And Next Steps

Philippians 4:4-9  + Part 6 of the series “Be Happy."

What we are thinking leads us to happiness or unhappiness more than what is happening.

Rejoice in the Lord always … whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:4,8)

Awareness: called “synthetic happiness.” (Matthew 7:24,25)

The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

Blessed: “Bless this mess.” (Matthew 5:3,4,10)

Contentment: Finding happiness in your present circumstances, without needing to think about something else or change the circumstances, is called contentment.

The Lord is near. (Philippians 4:5)

Direction: Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6,7)

Discussion Questions

  1. Can you recall “The 4 Steps of Happiness?” A_________________. B_____________. C____________________. D__________________. Which one requires the most faith?
  2. Refer to the list in Philippians 4:8. If you want to think about these things more, you need to know what they are. Use a Google dictionary or thesaurus (synonyms) if it helps. Give an example of something that is true, that is noble, that is right, etc. 
  3. Try the experiment of writing one nice thing a day about someone (a person in your life) or something (an activity in your life). For 30 days. Who or what will you write about?
  4. Activity: Check out the Track Your Happiness app ( ) and give it a try for a week. What do you learn about your happiness? Report back to your group.