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SpongeBob & Happiness: An Introduction

Welcome to a new series of  short essays focusing on optimism and mental health: SpongeBob & Happiness.

You can guess the subject we’ll be honouring. Nickelodeon’s cornerstone character, SpongeBob Squarepants. Every week we’ll watch an episode and delve into the world of Bikini Bottom, analyzing the titular character’s interactions with others, the way those characters react to story and plot, and everything in between.

Here’s a breakdown of what it’ll look like:

Every post will begin with a brief recap of the episode’s plot. We’ll talk about what happened literally, figuratively, and then how the themes of mental health and happiness come into play in the episode.

Next, we’ll apply what we’ve learned to real life and the ways we can connect with the themes and story ourselves on a deeper level.

At the end of the post, I’ll give a call to action – whether it’s about rearranging your perspective on your day tomorrow, or reaching out to someone in your life, it will have to do with the episode and what we’ve discovered about ourselves in the study of it. We’ll get a conversation started within the community in the comments and on social media. After all, this is meant to be a shared study, and all people from all walks of life are welcome to share their experiences and what the episode means to them.

But mostly, it’s going to be some good, SpongeBobian fun. We’ll be ending each post with a funny quote from the episode, which will most likely be nonsensical and have nothing to do with the topics at hand.

See you there.

As usual, please comment your thoughts and questions below or tweet me @FreeAndie. The series also has its own official twitter @SpongeBobnHappy.

New posts will be scheduled for release on Monday afternoons to give the start of your week a happy thought. I will be announcing what episode to watch on my twitter as soon as it is chosen, so keep an eye out! Can’t wait for you to join me in studying SpongeBob & Happiness.

EPISODE 1: HELP WANTED

EPISODE 2: PIZZA DELIVERY

EPISODE 3: VALENTINE’S DAY

EPISODE 4: TEXAS

EPISODE 5: ROCK BOTTOM

EPISODE 6: BIG PINK LOSER

EPISODE 7: PATTY HYPE

2 Comments

  1. Spongebob & Happiness | Episode 1: Help Wanted - Andie Lollo

    January 30, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    […] Leave a comment below and get the conversation going, or tweet your thoughts @SpongebobnHappy. If you’re new, don’t forget to check out our introduction to the series here. […]

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    March 15, 2017 at 8:01 am

    […] and blogger behind AndieLollo.com, an animation appreciation blog. She’s also the author of Spongebob & Happiness, a series dedicated to analyzing the Nickelodeon show through the lens of mental health, and a […]

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