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Wookiee of the Year

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by Bri DeRosa
Photo: Facebook

Photo: Facebook

People are calling it the video that broke the internet. Candace Payne was so delighted by the roaring Chewbacca mask she bought at a Kohl’s store that she filmed herself wearing the mask and enjoying its iconic noises. A record number of internet users decided to laugh along with her, and Candace’s “Happy Chewbacca” video has been viewed over 136 million times on Facebook.

If you haven’t already, belly laugh along with Candace here, then talk about the video with your family:

  • Sometimes simple things — in this case, a Star Wars mask — can inspire great joy for people. What’s a simple thing that makes you feel joyful?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • In an interview, Candace said that she thought people enjoyed her video because “the world needs a good belly laugh.” What do you think she means? Do you agree with her?
  • Part of what makes this video funny may be that it’s a mom in her 30s who isn’t “acting her age.” What do you think it means to “act your age?” Do you think it’s always a good idea?
  • Think of someone you know who could use a good laugh. What could you do to make them giggle?