'International Day Of Happiness' - 20th March

"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." Groucho Marx "Share your smile with the world. It's a symbol of friendship and peace." Christie Brinkley

This week’s CST activities page focuses on 'Happiness' for two reasons. Firstly, it was ‘International Day Of Happiness’ on 20th March and secondly, it was ‘Comic Relief’, or ‘Red Nose Day’, on 19th March. The ‘Comic Relief’ TV telethon raised a maximum amount £78m for the 2015 show. In total ‘Comic Relief’ has raised over £1bn since the charity was founded by Richard Curtis and Jane Tewson 30 years ago, which is pretty impressive to say the least. UK charities have also benefited, including those for homelessness and disability groups.


What things make members the happiest?

Who is their favourite person to spend time with?

Who is their favourite comedian?

What is their favourite comedy show?


As it has been 'Comic Relief' week, ask members if anyone used to have comics as children? 'The Dandy', 'The Beano' or 'The Bunty' may be in the list of comics mentioned.

Next, ask members to complete the following comic strip character names ...

- Desperate DAN

- Minnie the MINX

- Dennis the MENACE

- Beryl the PERIL

- Rupert the BEAR

- Korky the CAT

- Roger the DODGER

- Billy BUNTER

- Andy CAPP

- Roy of the ROVERS


- Bash Street KIDS

Can anyone think of any more?

IDIOMS Ask members to complete these phrases about happiness together ... Laughter is the best - MEDICINE Laugh and the world laughs - WITH YOU (Weep and you weep - ALONE) Burst out - LAUGHING All the fun of the - FAIR Beyond a - JOKE Crack a - SMILE OR JOKE Doubled up - LAUGHING Fun and - GAMES Funny haha or funny - PECULIAR Girls just wanna have - FUN Good for a - LAUGH Grin from ear to - EAR Laugh something - OFF Wipe that smile off your - FACE I didn’t know whether to laugh or - CRY Not exactly a laugh a - MINUTE He who laughs last laughs - LONGEST Fall about - LAUGHING Laugh yourself - SILLY Laugh all the way to the - BANK Smiling like a Cheshire - CAT Laugh? I nearly - PAID THE GAS BILL etc Be full of the joys of - SPRING Jump for - JOY On cloud - NINE Like a dog with two - TAILS Happy go - LUCKY As happy as - LARRY Having a whale - OF A TIME On top of the - WORLD Over the - MOON In seventh - HEAVEN Walking on - AIR / SUNSHINE Are you having a - LAUGH A laugh a - MINUTE Laughed out of - COURT Laugh like a - DRAIN It's no laughing - MATTER The life and soul of a - PARTY A friend in need is a friend - INDEED Only - JOKING

What do these abbreviations mean?

LOL = Laugh out loud

ROFL = Roll on the floor laughing

Note to subscribers: This is just a reminder that the activities provided in this blog are only intended as a guide and not a blueprint. Feel free to use some or all of the materials and to add to them as you see fit or your group wishes. The suggestions here are to prompt recall and promote discussion through reminiscence, but more importantly they are intended to provide enjoyment and support inclusion and engagement, thereby positively impacting on quality of life. You may need to adjust or reduce content according to the time you have available, the cognitive abilities of your members and their communication needs.

Give lots of clues, such as first names. Give time for story telling and personal reflection. Please let me know what works and doesn't. I'd love to hear any ideas you have for additional content or new activities.


ROUND 1. Top 10 Catchphrases

1. Name the comedy duo?

What was the chap on the right's catchphrase?

2. Name the comedian?

What was his catchphrase, as this character?

3. Name this magician?

What was his catchphrase?

4. Name the character and TV sitcom?

What was his catchphrase?

5. Name the character and TV sitcom?

What was his catchphrase?

6. Name the TV comedian?

What was his catchphrase, as this character?

7. Name the characters and the TV sitcom?

What was the chap on the right's catchphrase?

COMEDY CLIP - 'Falling through the bar' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63rcdLeXiU8

COMEDY CLIP - 'Auction' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiIIkQO95z4

COMEDY CLIP - 'Chandelier' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFuYIi5-igc&t=17s

8. Name the character and TV sitcom?

What was his catchphrase?

9. Name the TV sitcom?

What was the chap on the left's name and catchphrase?

10. SONG BREAK. 'Happiness', Ken Dodd - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTN_W-9Ypl0

What character is he holding and where were they from?

11. COMEDY CLIP - Dad's Army 'Don't Tell Him Pike!' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYz2nPE0BCk

Can anyone name these characters and catchphrases?

ROUND 2. Top 10 Comedy Partnerships

12. Name the comedy duo?

What was their catchphrase?

13. Name the comedy duo?

Who were (left) / are (right) they married to?

14. Name the comedy duo?

Name their TV sitcom?

15. Name the comedy duo?

What was the shop sketch show called that this still is taken from?

16. Name the comedy duo?

What were the names of their alter-egos?

17. Name the comedy duo?

What was their TV sketch show called?

18. Name the comedy duo?

What was the chap on the right's catchphrase?

19. Name the comedy duo?

What was their catchphrase?

20. Name the comedy duo?

What was the one on the right's catchphrase?

21. SONG BREAK. 'Bring Me Sunshine', Morecombe & Wise - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfXjDELeW5M

What were their Christian names?

22. COMEDY CLIP - Morecombe And Wise 'Breakfast Sketch' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFgdhZGLJrY

What was the fruit in the clip?

ROUND 3. Top 10 UK Sitcoms

23. Name the TV sitcom and the other characters pictured here?

24. Name the TV sitcom and the lead actor?

25. Name the TV sitcom and the actor?

26. Name the TV sitcom and these two actors?

COMEDY CLIP - "The blind man." - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljMo77c0Drk

27. Name the TV sitcom and these two actors?

28. Name the TV sitcom and these two actors?

29. Name the TV sitcom?

Does anyone remember any of the anagrams used in the opening sequence, where the sign was muddled up?

COMEDY CLIP - "A biscuit with your rat?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_q4S7lZeik

30. Name the TV sitcom?

Complete the proverb?

31. Name the TV sitcom and the characters?

32. Name the TV sitcom?

What was the name of the painting? (Pictured below)

33. SONG BREAK. 'Tears Of A Clown', Smokey Robinson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaMX0Cs5Bc4

As well as clowns, what else might you find in a circus?


34. Name as many Marx Brothers movies as you can?

35. Name the 1959 movie and these three actors?

36. Name the 1969 movie (they are looking at Barbara Windsor doing exercises) and these two actors?

37. Name the movie series and the character and actor?

38. Name the 1980 movie?

What was the automatic pilot?

COMEDY CLIP - "River Of Jordan" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMh9hPGNGKE

39. Name the 1988 movie and the actor pictured here?

COMEDY CLIP - "Nothing to see here!" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKnX5wci404

40. Name the 1987 movie and these two actors?

41. Name the 1974 movie and the director?

COMEDY CLIP - "Farting sketch!" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPIP9KXdmO0

What number would you find on a can of 'Heinz Baked Beans'?

42. Name the 1982 movie and the lead actor on the right?

43. SONG BREAK. 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life', 'Life Of Brian' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrdEMERq8MA

Name the members of Monty Python?

COMEDY CLIP - "What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvPbj9NX0zc&t=3s

ANOTHER COMEDY CLIP - "Lumberjack Song" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FshU58nI0Ts

AND ANOTHER ONE - "Ministry Of Silly Walks" - https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2hwqki


'When You're Smiling', Louis Armstrong -


'Happy Talk', South Pacific -


'Whistle A Happy Tune', The King And I -


'Make Me Smile', Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel -


'Happy Shiny People', R.E.M. -



Ken Dodd “Honolulu has got everything. Sand for the children, sun for the wife, sharks for the wife’s mother…” “My Dad always knew I was going to be a comedian. When I was a baby he said, ‘Is this a joke?'” “I have kleptomania. But when it gets bad, I take something for it.” “I used to think I was marvellous in bed – until I discovered all my girlfriends suffered from asthma.”

Tommy Cooper "Caerphilly is the healthiest place in the country. When I first arrived there I couldn’t say a word. I didn’t have a single hair on my head and I didn’t have the strength to walk across the room. How long was I there? I was born there." "I sleep like a baby. Every morning I wake up screaming around 2 o’clock." "Show me a man who lost all his money and can still laugh and I’ll show you an idiot." "My wife had a bad habit of biting her nails but I cured her. I hid her teeth." "My wife dislocated her jaw and couldn’t talk so I phoned the doctor and told him to drop round anytime, in a few weeks or a few months."

" Two cannibals eating a clown. One says to the other, "Does he taste funny to you?" "

Les Dawson "I got home last night, the wife was in the kitchen. I knew she was getting my tea ready – I could hear the fire extinguisher going." "I’ve had some bad news about the wife’s wealthy uncle who’s ill in hospital. He’s recovering. I went to see him last week. I said: “Is there anything I can do for you?” He said: “Only one thing. Take your foot off the oxygen tube.”" "I call my wife "Treasure". She reminds me of something that’s just been dug up."

Billy Connelly

"The great thing about Glasgow is that if there's a nuclear attack it'll look exactly the same afterwards."

"Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares? He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!"

"When people say 'it's always the last place you look'. Of course it is. Why would you keep looking after you've found it?"

"Who discovered we could get milk from cows, and what did he think he was doing at the time?"

Tim Vine

"I phoned the local gym and I asked if they could teach me how to do the splits. He said, "How flexible are you?" I said, "I can't make Tuesdays."

"This policeman came up to me with a pencil and a piece of very thin paper. He said, "I want you to trace someone for me."

"Conjunctivitis.com – that's a site for sore eyes."

"I rang up my local swimming baths. I said: "Is that the local swimming baths?" He said: "It depends where you're calling from."

"I met this bloke with a didgeridoo and he was playing Dancing Queen on it. I thought, that's Abba-riginal."

"So I was getting into my car, and this bloke says to me "Can you give me a lift?" I said "Sure, you look great, the world's your oyster, go for it.'"

Send me some more in and I'll add them!


If you have time, here is a YouTube Playlist of some top UK comedy clips to look at with the group. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_E4d5RHyRYhPguOWSAxqsPBPzM1ubJdu Morecombe And Wise - Breakfast sketch Mr. Bean - High dive Only Fools And Horses - Chandelier Monty Python - Lumberjack song The Two Ronnies - Four candles Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em - Rollerskating Victoria Wood - The Ballad of Barry and Freda Dad’s Army - Don’t tell him Pike Only Fools And Horses - Del falls through the bar Laurel And Hardy - Blockheads Fawlty Towers - Room with a view The Two Ronnies - Mastermind Tommy Cooper - The duck trick Monty Python - Dead parrot Billy Connolly - D.I.V.OR.C.E. The Royale Family - Breast implants The Office - David Brent dance Gavin And Stacey - Where’s the salad? The Young Ones - Living Doll Tony Christie - Is This The Way To Amarillo Dawn French - Puddle sketch There are likely many more clips that could be added. Please let me know any good ones that you feel are missing from this YouTube playlist.

ACTIVITIES One of the facilitators of the group could be asked to volunteer to be made up to look like a clown? Have some face paints, a comedy wig and a colourful t-shirt on standby for this activity. (Have red noses for members to wear.)

Alternatively buy some long balloons to blow up and make shapes out of. There are several YouTube clips which can be used as a guide. We also have used, with great success, a rainbow coloured parachute, large enough for everyone to hold, with a balloon or ball in he centre. Rolling it to each member, getting it to touch the ceiling, and doing some exercises through movement whilst using it, e.g. bend your knees, stretch your arms, stand on one leg etc. It’s usually a source of great mirth.

Another activities idea is using your iPad (other devices are available!) to take a photo of members with their best cheesy smiles.

(Express permission and informed consent is required. If in doubt speak to your manager.)

Then using an application such as 'Prisma' or 'Color Planet', alter the photograph into an art form or a painting by numbers painting.

You could then print off and display the finished articles.

Here's mine, just for illustration.

(PS Be careful with subscriptions. Both offer free trial periods.)


1. Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy

"That's another fine fine you've gotten me into!"

2. Mandy (Dick Emery)

"Oh you are awful, but I like you!"

3. Tommy Cooper

"Just like that!"

4. John Inman as Mr Humphries in 'Are You Being Served?'

"I'm free!"

5. Michael Crawford as Frank Spencer in 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em!'

"Oo Betty!"

6. Cupid Stunt (Kenny Everett)

"But I'm telling you the plot!" or "It's all in the best possible taste!"

7. Del Boy & Rodney, played by Nicholas Lyndhurst & David Jason in 'Only Fools And Horses'

"Rodney you plonker!"

8. Victor Meldrew, played by Richard Wilson, in 'One Foot In The Grave'

"I don't believe it!"

9. Baldrick & Edmund Blackadder, played by Tony Robinson & Rowan Atkinson, in 'Blackadder'

"I have a cunning plan!"

10. Ken Dodd holding a 'Diddy Man' from Notty Ash

11. Captain Mainwaring - "You stupid boy!" or "Don't tell him Pike!"

Sergeant Wilson - "Do you think that's wise, sir?"

Private Frazer - "We're doomed!"

Corporal Jones - "Don't panic. Don't panic!"

Private Pike - "I'll tell Mum!"

Private Godfrey - "Do you think I might be excused?"

Private Walker - "It won't cost you much!"

Chief Warden Hodges - "Put that light out!"

12. Ronnie Corbett & Ronnie Barker

"It's goodnight from me. And it's good night from him!"

13. Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders

Lenny Hendry & Ade Edmonson

14. Rik Mayall & Ade Edmonson

'The Young Ones'

15. Julie Walters & Victoria Wood

'Acorn Antiques'

16. Dudley Moore & Peter Cook

Derek & Clive

17. David Williams & Matt Lucas

'Little Britain'

18. Tommy Cannon & Bobby Ball

"Rock on Tommy!"

19. 'The Chuckle Brothers'

"To me, to you."

20. 'The Krankies'


21. Eric & Ernie

22. Grapefruit

23. 'Gavin And Stacy'

Nessa & Smithy

24. 'Miranda', played by Miranda Hart

25. 'Mr Bean', played by Rowan Atkinson

26. 'The Vicar Of Dibley'

Alice Tinker, played by Emma Chambers & Geraldine Grainger, played by Dawn French

27. 'Absolutely Fabulous'

Edina Monsoon, played by Jennifer Saunders & Patsy Stone, played by Joanna Lumley

28. 'Hi Di Hi'

Ruth Madoc & Sue Pollard

29. 'Fawlty Towers'

'Flowery Twats'

'Farty Towels'

'Fatty Owls'

'Watery Fowls'

'Flay Otters'

'Warty Towels'

30. 'Birds Of A Feather'

"Flock together"

31. 'Keeping Up Appearances'

Hyacinth Bucket, played by Patricia Routledge & Richard, played by Clive Swift

32. 'Allo Allo'

'The Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies'

33. Ring Master, Lion Tamer (not any more, thankfully), Sword Swallowers, Fire Eaters, Jugglers, Acrobats etc

34. 'Animal Crackers', 'A Night At The Opera', 'A Day At The Races', 'Duck Soup' etc

35. 'Some Like It Hot'

Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon & Marilyn Monroe

36. 'Carry On Camping'

Hattie Jaques & Kenneth Williams

37. 'Pink Panther'

Inspector Clousseau, played by Peter Sellers

38. 'Airplane'

A blow up doll

39. 'Naked Gun'

Lesley Nielsen

40. 'Planes Trains And Automobiles'

Steve Martin & John Candy

41. 'Blazing Saddles'

Mel Brookes


42. 'Tootsie'

Dustin Hoffman

43. John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam

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About Me

Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.


He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 


The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.


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