The Lighter Side:
How Balloons Teach Teamwork

Once, in a seminar of about 50 people, the speaker decided to change his presentation to prove a point. He decided to do a group activity. He gave each person a balloon and asked them to write their names on it with a marker.

All the balloons were gathered up and put into a small room. The attendees were all let into the balloon-filled room and were asked to find the balloon with their own name on it within 5 minutes. As expected, everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and creating utter chaos.

At the end of the 5 minutes, no one had found their own balloon.

The presenter then asked the attendees to randomly pick up one balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it.

Within minutes, everyone had their own balloon.

“This is what is happening in our lives,” the presenter explained. “Everyone is looking frantically for their own happiness, not knowing where it is.”

Our happiness lies in the happiness of others. Give happiness to other people, and you will find your own.

This is the purpose of human life.