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Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar.

Suddenly the speaker stopped and started giving each person a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.

Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes.

Everyone was frantically searching for their name, pushing, colliding with each other, and there was utter chaos.

At the end of 5 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.

The speaker began: This is exactly 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.

Author Unknown
Submitted by Hemendra Chanchani

{ 56 comments… add one }
  • RESHMA December 26, 2019, 1:00 am

    its good and simple way to keep happy ourself nice story .

  • Pravinchandra Shah December 17, 2019, 7:59 am

    This is the right way and purpose of life

  • indrajit July 25, 2019, 9:26 am


  • Shiva Shankar July 19, 2017, 2:21 am

    It’s Really Good Story and Good Msg for All..

  • Mohamed February 12, 2016, 11:16 pm

    Truely I like this website with this short understandable lovely stories

  • AMIT January 25, 2016, 12:37 pm

    Simple, short and awesome story !

  • Pema Wangchuk December 18, 2015, 5:26 am

    Inspiring story

  • Keerthi.k October 3, 2015, 4:27 am

    Thank you for giving this story. This is short, sweet and superb with a great message for everyone. I learned something from this.

  • Oz March 19, 2015, 2:05 pm

    This is a nice parable but the scenario is so exceptionally unlikely that the leader would quite foolish to repeat it. Odds are 6 in 10 that someone in the group of fifty will find their own name on the first balloon they grab. If each person checked a balloon only every 60 seconds, the “no one found their balloon” outcome would occur only six times in every 1000 demonstrations.

    Illustrative story, terrible mathematics.

  • Jeff Cowell March 18, 2015, 12:08 pm

    If fifty people cannot find their own balloon in five minutes, they are severely deficient in reading, motor skills, or vision.

  • Rubina February 12, 2015, 3:25 am

    Describe a big theme by few words. Excellent

  • Vincent November 21, 2014, 9:10 am

    Nice I love it

    • AijazAhmad dar March 15, 2020, 7:26 am

      Really a nice story for motivation and to give helping hand others which favours you also

  • Katlego Mogafe September 29, 2014, 8:12 am

    Wow!!! Beautiful and so enlightening. Only if people can realize this will all be happy.

  • Satish September 23, 2014, 12:07 pm

    Really super…. good message. Thank you

  • Ashok kumar sah August 15, 2014, 6:02 am

    Superb motivational story

  • Rose Ann July 23, 2014, 12:59 am

    This story made a big realizations in my life. Thank you!

  • Shreya July 14, 2014, 12:41 pm

    It was a very nice and inspiring story for me I love it

  • Aljean June 3, 2014, 1:42 am

    It was great.. 🙂 it was inspirational for it is true.. 🙂

  • Shaban mansoordehghan June 1, 2014, 9:45 am

    One good turn deserves another. That was really inspirational. Thank you for the good job.

  • Manisha vhatkar May 30, 2014, 8:36 am

    This story is really vey nice story and it is moral of the story it’s such a great for my life.

  • Joshua May 1, 2014, 2:18 pm

    It’s great, God bless u.

  • A.Mrudula March 30, 2014, 1:28 am

    Very true…Awsom story!!!

  • Swathi March 21, 2014, 4:12 am

    I just got addicted to this website 🙂 Thank you

  • Zubair March 20, 2014, 8:31 am

    Interesting. I will use it for class room activity in my training sessions in Pakistan.

  • Rabeca Mutuku March 13, 2014, 2:54 am

    You are so inspiring.

  • RABECA MUTUKU March 6, 2014, 4:17 am

    Am really inspired by your stuff.

  • Payal February 28, 2014, 5:24 am

    Wow… how nicely said… it’s true indeed !

  • Rozy February 27, 2014, 10:21 am

    Very true.

  • Ravi February 25, 2014, 7:45 am

    Very nice story there is a lot we can learn from it and recollect it.

  • Rakesh February 25, 2014, 2:21 am

    Nice Story

  • Alex February 20, 2014, 10:15 am

    What a beautiful piece indeed.

  • Das February 20, 2014, 6:34 am

    Nice story. The message of the story is by helping others without any expectations & selfishness, make our lives comfortable, easy and happy. So it’s not finding happiness, it’s a way of creating happiness.

  • Mosopefoluwa February 20, 2014, 1:07 am

    What a wonderful piece

  • Sushil February 19, 2014, 10:55 am

    Fantastic story. Many Many thanks for sharing.

  • himanish February 19, 2014, 5:17 am

    Awsom story

  • Rajan munda February 18, 2014, 1:14 am

    Really happiness of our life is in surrounding us, if we keep them happy, it keep us happy. Thanks

  • Mayuriiii February 17, 2014, 1:57 pm

    Be happy see happy…. 🙂

  • Joseph Muya February 17, 2014, 12:54 pm

    I loved it. Great story.

  • Priyadarshini February 17, 2014, 9:56 am

    This shows how to get real happiness.

  • Prasurjya February 17, 2014, 7:46 am

    Quite an allegory…!!! ♡ly… God Bless..

  • Jo February 17, 2014, 6:48 am

    Very insightful ..The first word that came out after reading till the end was “WOW”.

  • Selva February 17, 2014, 6:16 am

    Very nice moral from this story … Thank you.

  • Jerome Joseph February 17, 2014, 4:55 am

    Excellent!! To live happily we should make others happy !

  • M R Bhardwaj February 16, 2014, 10:59 pm

    It conveys basic essence of life – the preachings our ancient Rishi Munis were propagating all their lives.

  • varghese February 16, 2014, 8:14 am

    Good short story, useful to everyone.

  • Shazna February 16, 2014, 7:25 am

    Superb stories…

  • Minimol February 16, 2014, 2:05 am

    Thank you. It is a wonderful story to reflect.

  • Swarup February 16, 2014, 1:13 am

    Just brilliant.

  • Vietkieusa February 15, 2014, 11:44 pm

    A short story, and yet so meaningful. Thank you.

  • A.Bhatia February 15, 2014, 9:32 pm

    A wonderful story and way to explain how happiness can be achieved. It’s true and time tested.

  • Anil D' Souza February 15, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Give the world the best you have, and the best will come to you! Really it’s a good moral story… I always read stories from this website and learnt a lot… many thanks..

  • Sarah February 15, 2014, 4:35 pm

    Wow!!! I am soo touched.. thk u, I really learn a lot from it…

  • Simran walia February 15, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Superb.. Thank you.

  • Treymcro February 15, 2014, 3:08 pm

    I’ve learnt a lot.

  • Joseph February 15, 2014, 2:14 pm

    This story is a very good story with a good moral… Congrats.

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