'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?