Why our happiness lies in the happiness of others!

How to find happiness

The short story below is about finding happiness and makes a great starter to a lesson or an engaging assembly idea. I used it during a form time session as a quick lesson on how to find happiness and it made a real impact on the class.

You might also what to take a look at how to work out your purpose in life as this is also thought provoking and inspirational.

Comments are FREE. Please leave one below about how you used this short story on finding happiness in your classroom. How did your pupils take the story? How did it make them feel?

A short story on finding happiness

Once 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.”


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