You may have already heard the story I am about to share with you (Find Your Own Name on Balloon), as I have heard a few variations of it, but in all of them, the moral of the story is the same.
It’s very similar to the saying “Treat others as you would like to be treated”, but for the purposes of this article, it goes a lot further.
There is nothing better to lift your spirits than bringing joy and happiness to somebody else. When you feel down it is because you have thoughts running through your head that are evoking negative feelings. We all struggle to stop thinking certain thoughts, and the more we try, we often simply attract more of those thoughts which result in us feeling more miserable.
So instead of thinking about yourself, your situation, your problems, think about somebody else.
The story below is a perfect example of how helping somebody else will actually help you.
A group of 100 people were attending a conference. During his talk, the speaker stopped to include a group activity for everybody in the room.
This began by giving each participant a balloon. Everyone was told to write their name on it with a marker pen.
When everybody had done this the balloons were all collected and put into another room.
Everybody was then asked to go into the other room containing the balloons. They were given five minutes to find the balloon with their name on.
As you can imagine, this was very chaotic with everybody quickly scrambling to find their name on a balloon.
When the end of five minutes was up, nobody had found their own balloon.
Then everyone was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it.
In less than five minutes, everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker reflected on what this exercise meant. This is exactly what’s happening in all of our lives. We are all frantically looking around for happiness, but no one knows where to find it.
Our individual happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness, and in return, you will get your own happiness. Stop always thinking of yourself and your needs. Look around and help somebody else fulfil theirs.
Be sincere, and don’t do this with the expectation of getting something back. It is important that your intentions are pure and unselfish.
In other words, be the rainbow in somebody’s cloud. And by being that rainbow, you will attract more rainbows into your own life and happiness.