Happiness for KS3
We’ll start by watching three talks. Then there are some suggested questions to help you think about the talks, and discuss them in class and with your family and friends.
Watch the talks…
“The Conscience Industry”
“How to be a Revolutionary”
“Two things we need to change the world for our children”
Think and discuss…
These are suggested questions about what you heard and saw in the three videos, to help your discussion in class.
- What does each talk say about happiness?
- How do things outside you and inside you affect your happiness and your other moods?
- Life can be full of ups and downs. How do you react to them? Who do you share the good times and the bad times with? How are you supported at home, school, and elsewhere? How do you help others?
Keep thinking and talking…
What do you do that makes you happy?
In his talk, Tobit Emmens suggests we listen, stand up, and smile! Other people have suggested five ways to happiness:
- Stay connected, IRL as well as through social media
- Notice the world around you
- Keep physically active
- Do random acts of kindness
- Engage with new things, new experiences, new ideas
How many of these do you already do? What would help you do more of them, and keep going with them? What could you start or stop doing?
Ask your parents: “What do you like about me? What about me makes you proud?”
What stories do you tell yourself internally about yourself?
Follow Fin Williams’ suggestion and write your own story, in chapters. Think about your experiences and question them, asking about their effects on you. Try and remember positive and fun experiences as well as negative and bad experiences. Recognise your strengths, and that you are still here, even though you may have had some problems.
Then tell your story to other people. Practise with your friends, taking it in turn to share experiences and listen to the other person. Share your story with people you trust, a teacher, your parents.
Ask your parents: “What stories do you tell yourself about yourself? What stories do you tell yourself about me?”