Happiness and balloons – The 200 words project

As it is Thanksgiving season here, we have a “happiness” edition on this week’s 200 word idea from, well, the internet. Try as I might, I wasn’t able to find a source for this story. So, my conclusion is that this is probably a made up story used by trainers. A good one, nevertheless.. :-)

A speaker at a seminar conducted a group activity. He gave each person a balloon. The attendees were then asked to write their name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.

The attendees were then let into that room and asked to find the balloon with their name written on it within 5 minutes. That descended into chaos – everyone began frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, and pushing each other around. Very few found their 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 shared the lesson, “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 and you will find your own. And this is the purpose of human life…the pursuit of happiness.”

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‘Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of a candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared.’ | The Buddha