Small Stories

The Search for Happiness-SMALL STORY



There were 200 people attending the mental and physical health conference. At one point, the speaker told the group that they would do the work. He handed each of the visitors one balloon and had them write their names on it. After that, balloons were collected and placed in a very small room.

Participants were then asked to enter another room and given 2 minutes to receive their balloon.

It was chaos. People were desperately looking for their balloon, pushing and shoving each other while holding the balloon, looking at it, and throwing it aside.


At the end of 2 minutes, no one had found the balloon with its name on it.
Afterward, the speaker asked the participants to return to the room and pick up one of the balloons at random, check the name, and return it to its owner. Within minutes, everyone was reunited with his real balloon.

The speaker then told the group, “This is especially true when people are in a hurry to seek happiness in life. People put pressure on others to get the things they want that they believe will bring them happiness. However, our happiness lies in helping other people and working together as a community.”
You will find joy in helping others find their own. “If you want to be happy, use compassion.”


Helping others brings us happiness because it gives us a sense of purpose. In fact, a study from the London School of Economics found that the more you help others, the happier you will be. Researchers compared the varied levels of happiness of nonprofits with the happiness of volunteers each week. They found that participants had the same differences in happiness as those who made $ 75,000 – $ 100,000 annually by competing with $ 20,000.

Helping others brings us happiness for three reasons:

Diversion: If you don’t worry too much about your needs – in this case, finding your balloon – the pressure of the hunt is reduced. Taking your focus on the fact that you can’t find your balloon allows you to divert your attention from your problem. A feeling of compassion replaces a feeling of need.

The idea: Caring for other people helps us remember that we all face the same problems in life – no matter what the seriousness of the problem is. Sometimes when we focus on our own issues, they are put in the right position when we experience real suffering for others (for example, bereavement or severe disability). It is easy to see, then, that we have been overpowered by our problems. Empathy helps us to put our problems in perspective.

Communication: Communicating with others by helping them can bring happiness to your life. Humans are social creatures who need good communication with other people in order to be happy. Communicating with other people enriches our lives and gives us a sense of satisfaction.



2 replies »

  1. Sometimes helping others makes you realise that your problem isn’t as big as you thought. And you learn to appreciate the things we take for granted life even more. Overall it as a positive impact on you, giving you a peace of mind. Not because the problem is solved but because you realise just how lucky you are.

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