The following video is a scene from the documentary Happy. You’re about to meet comedian and youth counselor Michael Pritchard, who gives a powerful presentation to the students at Benicia Middle School in California. He’s able to instantly connect with the students, making them laugh and capturing their attention like no other.
The fact that he was able to encourage kids to stand up in front of their entire class and speak out about being bullied is simply amazing. Their bullies were probably sitting in the stands, too.
Michael Pritchard is a stand-up comedian, youth counselor, and advocate of social emotional learning. He speaks to schools, parent groups, and corporations on the topics of communication skills, diversity, bullying, and conflict resolution.
Happy is a 2011 feature documentary film directed, written, and co-produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Roko Belic. It explores human happiness through interviews with people from all walks of life in 14 different countries, weaving in the newest findings of positive psychology.
He cannot control his height but what can be controlled is the other children's reaction to his size!
Watching him break down and cry in a public forum is a reminder to all of us that even the most innocuous comments can have a strong effect on a person.
Helping a child learn how to love and accept their peers, even those who are different, is the greatest gift we can give!
Credits: A Giano