HAPPINESS is like a Butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder……….
Could you imagine how beautiful our world would be if everyone of us could spend some time every day and do one thing that lift someone up in the midst of misery?
As parents we always seek for good parenting tips, trying to teach values , good behavior to our children BUT sometimes some things happen by chance and teach your child a lesson of life and give intense happiness. Same happened with me.
One enchanted evening, me and my daughters were out to a city mall along with family to spend some quality time altogether. After some shopping we were sitting outside the mall to enjoy the weather and cool breezes out there. There were food stalls and rides for kids.
Like other kids my daughters are also crazy for taking rides. As they were willing to take rides I bought tickets for some rides. They were enjoying them one by one.
Meanwhile, a little girl came to me having some balloons in her hand. She was a little balloon seller. The very first moment I looked at her, her innocent face touched my heart. She innocently asked me to buy balloons, but this was the first time my daughters refused to buy balloons because they wanted rides only. Even though I bought two balloons, just because somehow I wanted to help her.
Then after a few minutes I lost one balloon as with pressure of air one balloon flew away and didn’t tried to find that because my daughters showed no interest in them. But within minutes that girl again came to me and gave me back the balloon that I had lost earlier. That moment I kept looking at her for a while but couldn’t say anything to her except one word “Thank You”.
After taking so many rides my elder daughter again persisted to take one ride again that she had already enjoyed one time. At that time I asked her; Do you want a real happiness instead of taking this ride again ?
She asked,” How , mom?”
I asked , ” Will you donate the money of your ride to that little balloon seller girl, so that she can buy something that she really want?
My daughter replied, “Sure , mom. I will”
The girl was standing near to us. I asked her name. She said, “Sattu,”
I asked,”Sattu, if I give you some money what would you like to do first?”
She pointed towards the shop and said, “Kuch khaane ke liye lena hai apne liye aur chote bhai ke liye “.
Then my daughter gave her money that I given to her for ticket of ride. The girl smiled and gave one more balloon. To which I replied that we already have Balloons but Sattu said ki “Bina Balloon diye main asie paise nahi lungi”.
I asked her if she goes to school. To which she replied “mere papa nai hai aur mujhe apne aur chote bhai ka dhyan rakhna”. She said “wo school jata hai, main nahi”. I felt nostalgic after listening that reply. I was happy that kids are so dignified. I felt dejected because she is just a 10 year old and selling balloons in spite of enjoying her life and sacrificing to take care of her family.
She immediately ran towards the shop to buy some eatables she wanted. We saw Sattu buying two sandwiches. She ate half and then put the rest in her bag which she was carrying. She came to my daughter and said “Thank you, maine apne chote bhai aur maa ke liye bhi rakh lia”. Then she ran away. I looked at my daughter, she was still watching her with eyes filled with tears. At that moment she realized the value of money and the sacrifices.
I felt intense pleasure when I saw the joy of giving in the eyes of my daughter. And that was real ride of Happiness.
“When you seek Happiness for yourself, it will always elude you. When you seek happiness for others, you will find it yourself.”
~ Wayne Dyer
Teach your child that one of the best ways to create a happier life for yourself is to make other people happy and always be generous.
Here are some points to teach our children:
– Treat everyone with kindness
– Speak well of others
– Respect others and their free will
– Smile more
– Learn to forgive
– Express gratitude for what you love
Some tips for parents to introduce real life skills to children or show them how the real world look alike:
– Once in a while take your child to an orphanage and show them the life of children who live without their parents. Tell them to share their joys with them.
– I think all of us donate our old clothes or any other things, take your child along with you when you go to any slum for donating your old things and show them how important are those things to them which are useless for you.
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Stay Happy! Stay Healthy!! And make other people HAPPY around you…!!
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