International Day of Happiness Assembly
As it seemed pointless duplicating what I have already written, I chose the World Smile Day script to use for International Day of Happiness from the following list of ‘Happiness scripts’:
Key Stage I scripts
Key Stage II scripts
- *Assembly on Buddhism
- Awe & Wonder Assembly
- Being Positive Assembly
- *Dance Around the World Assembly
- *Feeling Sad Assembly
- *Good to Talk
- Happy to Be Me Assembly
- Not Afraid of Failure Assembly
- Rock Star: Self Esteem Assembly
- World Smile Day Play – adapted to International Day of Happiness Assembly
*These scripts are related to the theme of happiness – in the case of Buddhism, happiness/end of suffering is central to its message; as is Dance Around the World. The two scripts ‘Feeling Sad’ and ‘Good to Talk’ have happiness as their aim and are thus also included.
It was very difficult to pick one script – but World Smile Day seemed the obvious choice as it was written for a specific day of the year. Though it can, of course, be used any other day of the year – hopefully we’re not all miserable the remaining 364!
ABOUT THIS SCRIPT
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS ASSEMBLY – Turn That Frown Upside Down!
A play to make you smile – I hope! I will probably release at least another 20 versions of this play as there was so much material to work with! I have just added the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams which I am sure everyone will enjoy clapping and singing along to. It is on the scripts that I send out as email attachments.
I have used this play as the basis for another – entitled ‘Happy to Be Me’ in the PSHE section of the website. ‘Happy to Be Me’ is a longer version, with additional joke and music suggestions.
Cast of 26 – easily adaptable up or down. Duration – around 20 minutes depending on number of quotations, jokes and music suggestions included (added or omitted)
Here are some extracts: Enjoy!
- Grumpy Young Girl 1 (alias GYG1)
- Grumpy Young Girl 2 (alias GYG2)
- Grumpy Young Boy 1 (alias GYB 1)
- Grumpy Young Boy 2 (alias GYB2)
- (Collectively known as GYP – Grumpy Young People)
- (See Production notes at back for*1 suggestions on how these four can be presented, and cast numbers)
- Seven Children from Sound of Music
- Quotation Children (Qs: 1-7)
- Proverb Children (Ps: 1 – 7)
Music 1 What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
(Enter 2 grumpy young girls, alias GYGs, and 2 grumpy young boys, alias GYBs, holding their hands over their heads)
GYG1: What a din!
GYB1: Somebody turn off that music!
GYG2: Yeah! I’ve got a headache!
GYB2: Me too! And it’s getting worse by the minute!
Narrator: (Coughing) Er excuse me! But hasn’t anybody told you what day it is today?
GYG1: Not Monday, I hope. Worst day of the week!
GYB1: Nah! Every day of the week’s bad ….. when you’re having to spend it at school!
Narrator: Enough! Where did you lot crawl from? The wrong side of bed perhaps?
(Falls about laughing)
GYG2: (Sarcastically) Oh! I see we have a joker in our midst!
GYB2: (Sarcastically) Oh! What fun!
Narrator: Now, come on, you miserable lot! This really won’t do!
(Pauses and looks towards rest of cast)
Looks like we’re gonna have to tell them what day it is. Let’s hear it …..
Cast: (Shouting) International Day of Happiness!
(Everyone holds up a smiley face)
Narrator: And what do we do on International Day of Happiness? We
Cast: (Shouting) Smile!
GYG1: You’ve got to be kidding!
GYB1: Is he for real?
GYG2: What a fool!
GYB2: Hasn’t anyone told him it’s not cool …. To play the fool!
Narrator: Oh I get it!
GYG1: I doubt it!
Narrator: Oh, I think I do!
(Turning to rest of cast)
Looks like we have a bit of a challenge this morning! So, what are we going to do, gang?
Cast: (Shouting) Turn that frown,
GYP: (Together) No way!
Narrator: (Stroking his chin) We’ll see! So, what makes the rest of you smile?
(GYP group sit down, scowling, whilst seven children from The Sound of Music stand up and sing – either original version, or *2alternative version – see Production Notes)
Music 2 My Favourite Things: Sound of Music
(Singers return to seats, as rest of cast applauds enthusiastically – with the exception of GYP group, who shake their heads and make other derogatory gestures)
Narrator: (Scratching chin) Hmm. You lot certainly are difficult to please. So, let’s try some inspiring words ..
(Line of children with quotations, each stepping forward one at a time)
Q1: If you want to be happy, be!
Q2: If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time!
Q3: What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner!
Sample of some of the Jokes!
Q1: Why did the chocolate chip cookie visit the doctor?
GYG1: So tell us. Why did the chocolate chip cookie visit the doctor?
Q1: He was feeling crumby!
Narrator: OK! I’m sure they’ll get better! Next!
Q2: What is a baby’s motto?
GYB1: So tell us. What is a baby’s motto?
Q2: If at first you don’t succeed, cry, cry and cry again!
1. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
2. My Favourite Things – Sound of Music
3. Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
4. Summer Holiday – Cliff Richards
5. I Love to Laugh – Mary Poppins
6. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python.
For performance rights, please select from options below. Please note that these are in addition to the price of the play (12.99). For extra certificates (additional performances) and any queries re: performance rights please email me on