You know how your conscience makes you feel awful when you
make a bad choice, even if no one else knows about it? It just
follows you around, poking at your heart, giving you the stink eye.
That same conscience can make you feel great when you make a good choice, even if no one else knows about it. When you choose to be kind, responsible, or honest, your conscience is there to swell your heart with pride and fill you with good vibes.
If you find yourself wondering what’s in it for you to do the right thing, let your conscience be your guide. Because positive vibes beat stink eye any day.
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This quote about happiness shows teens that a conscience works in two directions. We usually think of how a conscience reminds you when you make a bad choice, and consequently makes you feel bad. But a conscience works the other direction as well. When you do something good, your conscience helps you feel good about yourself.
Good choices and kind acts toward others swell a heart with feelings of pride. So... making good choices and being kind are great for a teen's self-esteem. Doing the right thing is it’s own reward. The resulting happiness, pride and positive self image are yours to enjoy-- even if no one else knows you made a good choice.
High School Health Class / Social Emotional Development topics:
Age Group: High school, young adult.
Age Group: High school, young adult
Download a printable journaling and mindfulness activity with this quote.
Download a printable coloring page for a mindfulness activity with this quote.
In this worksheet based activity, students see the connection between choices and how the consequences feel in the long run.
In this activity students see that lasting happiness is found through experiences and giving to others.
Use this video on the Science of Kindness to reinforce how doing good deeds is good for the person doing them. Video offers learning resources on how kindness impacts personal health by increasing happiness, increasing positive brain chemical levels, reducing stress and more.
This video of athletes being kind and respectful to opponents or this video of the domino effect of kindness are a great way to trigger the positive emotions one expereinces when doing the right thing. Encourage student to imagine if it feels this good watching these strangers being kind and acting with good character, how good will it feel when they do a kind act themselves?