Once a group of around 70 people was attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and started giving each person a balloon. Each one was asked to write their name on it using a marker pen. Then, all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
Now, these attendees were let in that room and asked to find the balloon with their name written, within 10 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, pushing, colliding with each other, and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 10 minutes, no one could find their own balloon. Now, each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
Once the activity was done and everyone was back in their seats, the speaker explained: This is exactly what’s happening in our lives, my friends. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around them, not knowing where it is. And as life progresses, unfortunately, they never manage to find it. Never forget, as we learned just a while back, our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness, you will get your own happiness.
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