Happiness – KS4

Happiness – KS4

Happiness for KS4

HappinessWhat is happiness? Where and how is it to be found? What about life’s up and downs?


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”
Tom Crompton

“Dancing or drowning in the rain?”
Dick Moore

“Two things we need to change the world for our children”
Fin Williams


Think and discuss…

These are suggested questions about what you heard and saw in the three videos, to help your discussion in class.

  1. Explain each talk’s key message. How does that relate to happiness or well-being?
  2. What are the ‘intrinsic’ values that Tom Crompton mentioned? How do you think having those values affects your happiness? What are the ‘extrinsic’ values? How do you think they affect your happiness?
  3. Dick Moore said that “Young people are under more pressure than ever before.” What expectations and pressures are placed on you? How do you respond? How could you respond more healthily?


Keep thinking and talking…

How are you?

Notice how experiences affect your mood. You could keep a diary, but only if it is helpful and not a burden.

At 14:40 minutes into his talk Dick Moore lists five ways to well-being:

  • 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?”