Happiness – KS5

Happiness – KS5

Happiness for KS5

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. What is happiness? Can you pursue it for its own sake, or is it a by-product? How is happiness similar to or differ from well-being, joy and contentment?
  2. At about 12 minutes into his talk, Tom Crompton suggests three campaigns to strengthen and promote helpful ‘intrinsic’ values over more selfish ‘extrinsic’ values. How do you think these would affect your own happiness? Happiness across society?
    • Set up programmes to develop empathy in schools
    • Campaign to replace GDP as a primary indicator of national progress with an indicator which is rooted in a deeper understanding of what really constitutes human well-being
    • Campaign against exposing ourselves, and particularly children, to the volume of advertising
  3. Dick Moore gave some statistics in his talk, including the following. How did you feel when you heard these? What did you think? What could be done?
    • About 70 out of the 460 in his audience, that is about 1 in 7 people, have emotional or mental health issues
    • Suicide is the greatest single cause of death in young men aged 17 to 35 in the UK, accounting for more deaths than AIDS, violent crime and road traffic accidents all added together
    • In the UK, there has been a 300% increase in self-harm in the last 10 years.


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?”