Story : Balloon Exercise : Our Happiness is with Other’s

64089_10151293306297230_1598663238_nOnce a group of 50 people was attending a seminar.

Suddenly the speaker stopped and started giving each one 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 left in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, 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.

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— Exactly 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.

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11 thoughts on “Story : Balloon Exercise : Our Happiness is with Other’s

  1. Sounds like an interesting experiment to try.


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  3. Dinesh, I love the story, and the underlying idea. I am search for information about whether or not this actually took place, or whether it was a fictional story someone created in hopes of stimulating thought and making a point. If you or anyone else is able to help me confirm the veracity of this story, I’d appreciate it. Best, Randall Billington (


    • Hi, This is more of a training concept, typically designed by some trainer in order to convincingly put forward the message that “give happiness if one want to get it”. I am not sure about who is the inventor of this activity, but tried it on my workshops and it worked well for its purpose. Sorry that, even I unable to find the truth of its origin; however, let’s credit whoever the person ideated this concept.

      If you want more Idea, here is another concept that I created for my training sessions “Waterbowl Colouring”

      Hope it helps you Randall. Thanks for asking and your feedback πŸ™‚



  4. this story is inspiring and also a wake up call for some of us that is too busy to notice other people… keep it up! God Bless you πŸ™‚


  5. Wonderful thought! And inspiring collection of photos too. Looking forward to more such stories in future. πŸ™‚


  6. Good one Dinesh. Nice to have as a activity.


  7. Great story, and I LOVE those photos!


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