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Teen SEL writing prompt on happiness and sadness

Embracing the Ups and Downs of Life Writing Prompt

Happiness is a journey, not a destination. Explore ideas about how the hills and valleys of life are part of what make it a rich experience with these writing prompts.

  • What is an event in your life that seemed awful at the time, but led to a new happier time?
  • Have you ever been sad and thought it wouldn’t ever get better? Did it? Why or why not?
  • What are some things you can do to cheer yourself up when you are sad?
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This writing prompt is based on the quote "There’s no road to happiness. It’s more of a winding path through hills and valleys. In the end, it’s the journey that matters."
Read more about this quote and how happiness comes from embracing the ups and downs of life, knowing that they balance out in time.

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