Story : Step One of Happiness is Contentedness


A young man was feeling very unhappy, so he went to a Scholar and told him ” I am in desperate need of help – or I’ll go crazy. We’re living in a single room, my wife, my children and my in-laws. So our nerves are on edge, we yell and scream at one another. The room is hell!” 

“Do you promise to do whatever I tell you?” said the Scholar. 

“I am ready to do anything to get out of this situation.” said the young man.

“Very well. How many animals do you have?”

“A horse, a goat and seven hens.”

“Take them all into your room and stay with them for a few days.”

The young man was appalled. But he had promised to obey! So he took the animals in his room.

A week later he came back, a pitiable figure, moaning, ” I’m a nervous wreck. The dirt! The stench!

The noise! We’re all on the verge of madness!”

“Go back,” said the Scholar, ” and put the animals out.”

The man ran all the way home. And came back the following day, his eyes sparkling with joy.

“How sweet life is! The animals are out. The home is a paradise – so quiet and clean and roomy!”



5 thoughts on “Story : Step One of Happiness is Contentedness

  1. Moral of the story is that if we count our blessings instead of complaining about what we don’t have, life tends to be more peaceful joyful and satisfactory. In the above story, nothing changed at the end but the perception. Will work in other spheres of life too. We should all try it sometimes!!


  2. Very Nice Story. One must learn the True Happiness.


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