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The truth (and nothing but)

An introduction that contains 5 truths. Andy also introduces ‘teenage zones’

The teacher can introduce the video, thus:

We’re about to watch a 15-minute video presented by best-selling author, businessman and Dr of Happiness, Andy Cope. He introduces some important numbers (he says the most important ones to look out for are 4000 and 1) and then talks about how to train fleas.

There’s a mid-point break where I’m going to stop the video and we can reflect on what Andy’s really talking about. After that he talks about life and the 5 zones of being a teenager. You might want to think about which one you’re currently in and which one you’re going to aim for?

He finishes with a homework activity, but before you roll your eyes, I’m telling you it’s a cracker. I’m going to do it too. This is part 1 of 4, starting with a modern prayer.


Additional discussion for this programme

  1. Ask the pupils to reflect on which zone they might be in. If they stay in that zone, what might life look like in 40 years? What might 40 years in the WOW zone look like? How can you get there and stay there?
  2. Imagine you are 40 years old and you’ve achieved some amazing things. Your local newspaper is writing an article about you.
    What would you like the headline to be? Write the story.
  3. Here’s a quote from Barack Obama, one-time President of America: ‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.’ What do you think he means?
  4. What are the most important things life has taught you (so far)?
  5. ‘Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable’; is this good or bad life advice? Why?
  6. Here’s a quote by author Tom Rath: ‘You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a LOT more of who you already are.’ What do you think he means?
  7. True (and very sad) story: A charity fought for the release of a circus bear. Beatriz was an 8-year old brown bear who had been trained to dance for the Russian public. She was well-travelled, secured in her 12-foot cage. After securing her release the charity team took her to the forest and opened her cage door. Beatriz was enticed out into the vast wilderness of the Russian mountains and spent the rest of her life pacing 12 feet by 12 feet. What do you think Beatriz’s story is really about?
  8. Watch Happiness (4 minutes 16 seconds) and discuss the main themes of happiness. What was he chasing and what did he find?
  9. What do you think is meant by the term ‘comfort zone? Think of examples of comfort zones you might be in. What could you do to break out of them? What might be the benefit if you did?
  10. Here’s a famous quote: “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer and poet). What do you think he might mean?
  11. Watch ‘What makes you happy’ (2 minutes 26 seconds) followed by a discussion about what makes you happy.
  12. Imagine you are a teacher teaching your class. What kind of learners do you want them to be?