The story of happiness

ImageOnce a group of 500 people were attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each person a balloon. Each person was then asked to write their name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.

The people were then let into that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written on it within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.

At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Then, the speaker asked each person to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.

The speaker then began, “This is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.

Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life…the pursuit of happiness.”

Source: Live More Awesome Facebook page


  1. I second that 🙂
    It reminds me of a story. A teacher asked his group of students to eat their lunch without bending their arms ( no joint movements). The big spoon was place in student’s hand in such a way that it restricted their hand/joint movement. The distance from the plate to mouth of a mere bite became the biggest challenge. After failing a couple of times, student went to the teacher for learning the art/magic of eating without bending arms. The teacher smiled and explained; don’t bend your hand and offer that bite to others and so will they do. If you cannot help yourself, you can help others. Happiness is relative 🙂

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