The Secret to Happiness

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Cassandra Carlopio
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This story reminds us to pay attention to our life.
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Isaias
The Secret to Happiness
“Notice the wonders around you but never forget the drops of oil on the spoon” = Give yourself time for things you love but never forget about your responsibilities
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Linda
Secret to happiness
I learned that the reasons I’m feeling so happy right now are the things I learned in my course and the meditation I did in that plus the gratitude meditations I did and the gratitude journal I wrote. At least, I think that’s what the wise man told the boy - pay attention and enjoy the wonderful things in life and remember to take care of your responsibilities, too. I’ll be interested to learn other people’s views on this one.
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Nathan
Celebrate
Notice the wanders around you but never forget the drops on your spoon = Learn to celebrate others but also celebrate yourself. Celebrate what others have but never forget what you have.
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Matt
Happiness
I am guessing that this means, you can search for beauty and such in the outside world but never forget about your own beauty and what you have.
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Jerryn
Secret to happiness
I learned one of the secrets of happiness and that I need to enjoy all the world has to offer and to also know my duties “OBSERVE THE PALACE AND DONT SPILL THE OIL”
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Kate
I felt challenged
To see the beauty that surrounds me, appreciate it for what it adds to my life. Also, see and appreciate and enjoy those things that I already have, those experiences and sensations and emotions that are just as real.
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Tammy
Happiness
Great evening relaxation meditation working on expanding your body awareness.
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Cyndee
Happiness is a choice 🌞🌞🌞
I should always appreciate all the beauty and wonders of life and nature, while never forgetting the precious things I have. Never take for granted the things I have already seen and everything I’ve learned and experienced. This should be the formula for happiness! So why do I feel so sad sometimes? Because, I’m not looking at the big picture of this life of mine, at any point that I feel sad I could choose to think of happy memories, look around and see what I have and where I am and by all rights that should make me feel happy. 🙏
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Lauren
Happiness
Slow down and relax. Take time to appreciate everything around you. Don’t always be focused on one task because you will miss a lot of good things.
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Julia
Focusing on Breathing
I was having a lot of anxiety and stressing but I learned once I really focus on my breathing it helped me to relax and identify that I can relax whenever I want to. Focusing on your breathing really helps!!!
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Dawn
Oil drops on the spoon
I had no idea what the moral of the story was but I think it was don’t forget about what you have...
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lilly
happiness
i learned an inspiring story that made me smile and very relaxed
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John
Listen
Listen, appreciate and look around you. There is beauty all around.
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Melina
Happiness
I learned that no matter what happens, or how focused you are on whatever you are doing, always remember to stop and enjoy your surroundings
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Walter J
Happiness is...
A choice, in the Now! It is not “out there” (in the world) but “in us”. It is simply a choice away. I choose to be happy Now, in this moment for no other reason than to be happy. We tend to put happiness off until some future event takes place, but it is not suppose to be conditional. For example “I will be happy when... I get this it that, or achieve this or that. That is a reward, not happiness. Happiness is it’s own reward and can be had no matter what I am doing or observing. Once we have chosen it enough times it is driven into our subconscious as our default choice and becomes a habit. Then I will be happy all the time... unless I consciously choose to feel some other way. That is my take on it anyways! ❤️☮️🍀
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Frankie
stories
Se have to put attention to small details and to know things in a better way
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Mary
The Secret to Happiness
Wow, to this amazing formula that still is within me all this time. The illustration was broken down and then reconnected with a logical conclusion about taking care of self, enjoy life surrounding afar and near and be accountable for our actions and responsibilities. What an awesome reminder to pursue and focus on our youthful dreams of Happiness! Well at least for me...Thank you!
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Susan
Do not spill your oil
I took from that story to be aware of all that is around you but also to be mindful of the gifts that you are given and to not waste them.
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Liane
Wisest man
One needs to enjoy their surroundings while still managing their responsibilities
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Carson
Happiness
This really put me into deep thought because everything that was said was absolutely true and I’ve been blind to that lately. This girl that broke up with me just a couple days ago really hurt me and it’s hard to be happy anymore but as I listened to this and once it ended I started laughing. I realized she’s not my world and she’s not everything if she was we wouldn’t have broke up. Idk if I’m in the wrong for saying any of that because I know I’ll always love her and be there for her and hopefully we can stay friends but listening to this tonight truly made me happy again and it feels great
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Elle
nope
really disliked it. didn't make me feel safe, it was too harsh
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emma
unsafe
This story seemed brutal and harsh to me. It made me feel uneasy and unsafe.
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Lucinda
Balance
We all carry our issues with us, be it bills or work or stress of any kind. That doesn’t mean we need to miss out on living, and experiencing all that this world can bring to us, these issues will be there weather we are over thinking them or not. We just have to learn the balance between the two.
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Debb
The Secret to Happiness
I was inspired to enter into this story because of the red door in the picture. Red doors always intrigue me. Listening to the story, I felt that the secret to happiness is to be in the present moment soaking in all that is around you . . . the beauty, the wonder, the intriguing; even the challenging.
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Ashley
Can I ask a question?
Has anyone in the community found a story that has ever resonated, helped or not harmed as the result of listening? Thanks.
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Shía
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I didn't really like it. Good beginning and plot, but didn't like or understand the ending/morale.
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Mariana
Meh
I tried to listen but the voice was too close to the microphone and the words were so sharp that nearly gave me a headache. There isn’t anything wrong with her voice is just the sound/ the way it was recorded
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Sam
Oil
I like that the oil can represent so may different things. Spirituality, self care, family.
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Matthew
Gotta pay attention!
All the things in life are important! Large or small, pay attention to them all!
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Beckah
The little things matter
There are 2 types of people in the world. One focuses on the big picture and the other focuses on the little things in life. The story taught me that it is better to have a growing mind of both worlds not just one.
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Maddi
The end
In the end, the old man says that the secret to happiness is to observe the world, but never forget the spoon of oil. I am confused what this means.
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James
This story inspired me to get back on the right track
You need to focus on your life’s mission but you also need to take the time to explore the world around you. Truly touching story.
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Asja
nah
i really didn't like it i found it harsh and loud and brutal..not calming.. her voice was too high
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Tiffany
Happiness
Brings joy into my life, a smile to my face and warmth to my body. Gratitude leads to happiness because I can focus on my blessings. By focusing on what I have my cup runneth over. Abundance seeps into my heart. Happiness emerges.
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Sonia
Boring
I didn't like the story much, i considered it rather boring than inspirational.
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Kenira
Happiness
Admire the beauty of the world and still find a balance for everything else. That’s happiness!
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Michael
Happiness
You cannot be so focused on the little things in your life but rather enjoy the marvelous world around you.
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Morgan
Remember the oil but don’t miss all the beauty
Always take in your environment & external forces while not concentrating but constantly staying aware of what’s important to you & internal forces. Never forget the oil but don’t miss out on all the beauty around you.
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Laura
Happiness
What i took from this story is: balance. You cant just look at just one aspect , we need to stop and smell the roses while being careful not to prick our fingers .
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Marie
10/24/18
I was literally crying my eyes out at work and I was feeling so stressed and unhappy with myself anyways as I glazed at my phone I got a notification from this app saying how important Iam and whenever I need anything I can turn to this . It just made my day so much better.
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kirsten
key to happiness
the more you try to make other people happy the more effort it drains out of you to make yourself happy. put yourself first !
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Corey
A Difficult Balance
What I got from this story is that happiness is a balance between seeing & appreciating the beauty in this world without forgetting your responsibilities. I have anxiety disorder and this seems almost impossible for me! I almost cannot imagine being happy without letting go of my responsibilities. I hope that with time in meditation, mindfulness, therapy, and medication I’ll be able to find that balance.
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Joanna
I thought..
As I listened I understood partially what the wise mans goal for the boy was, and this was very helpful, but I am still slightly confused on what the wise man means but I am excited to take this a challenge and apply it to my life!
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Leslie
Balance
You can enjoy all the wonders of the world around you, but remember your oil in the spoon. I see this as being able to balance responsibility with wonder or exploration. If you’re so consumed with maintaining your “oil” in the spoon, you can miss out on exciting adventure or beautiful sights. I always enjoy this story
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Tim
happiness
happiness can't be found focusing on one thing or one problem we have to be aware of the beauty around us and take time to appreciate what's around us but at the same time remember the oil the things we hold dear
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Bethany
moral
I learned that sometimes it's not always about learning from books but using your presence of mind to analyse all that is happening around you. The wisest man on earth wasn't the one with the most degrees but the one who talked to people and concentrated on all that was happening around him. He had been willing to help everyone regardless of who they were.
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Hannah
Happiness
I learned that happiness isn’t all about just focusing on one part of a tiny little thing.
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Lynette
What I learned
I learned that happiness isn’t just about the little things and if you focus on just the little things you will miss so many beautiful things in life.
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Mariah
Secret to Happiness
I learned that being happy isn't just something that you learn from someone. It's about taking in and appreciating your surroundings all while starting humble.
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Mina
Happy?
To find happiness is not easy at all. It takes its time, even if it’s for years. You should take your time to think about yourself and your own problems in life. Happiness is here to make us feel good and happy with life. I still did not had the chance to experience real happiness because I don’t know why actually. It’s really hard for me to find that, because I feel like I’m kinda alone in this world with nobody understanding me at all. I’m still too young for this
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Sam
Slow down
I was a bit confused by this story. What I got out of it is to slow down and look around and be aware of yourself at the same time.
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David
1/2/19
anxious for what will happen with my living situation. parked outside work getting ready to start the day.
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David
1/2/19
anxious for what will happen with my living situation. parked outside work getting ready to start the day.
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David
1/2/19
anxious for what will happen with my living situation. parked outside work getting ready to start the day.
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Gayasssss
Inspiration
At first I was sad, but then I understood to not only care or focus on a thing complitely but to remind that there are other thoughts and work to focus on, but of course not forgetting the major thought that in this story was the spoon full of oil.
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Tushar
Thoughts
I felt lighter after this session. It was a little confusing but I was mindful throughout
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raffli
relax
many problems in my life. I think this can make me better. and this is very good
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Ashley
The Secret yo Happiness
I learned that the key to happiness is all about balance. Something that I live by and always say is, everything in moderation! Happiness is all about enjoying, appreciating and exploring all that this world is/has to offer but don’t get so wrapped up in all the little things and the extra things that you forget to focus on what matters most in life “the oil” which I believe the oil represents the things that mean the most to us, the things we whole dear to us and that make up who we are. Our family, our friends, jobs, religion, etc. those are the things that truly matter most. So I just believe that if we stop and enjoy life and all that it has to offer, don’t swept the small stuff and even through it all remain humble and enjoying everything in life, our homes, the grass that we walk on everyday, sunrises the snow just stop and enjoy it and take it in and see and appreciate what it has to offer but never forget that oil through it all. No matter our circumstances and where life takes us and how much we see or do, it all comes down to balance and how much we appreciate what we have and where we are and what this life has to offer for us and where we are at. I really enjoyed this story 😌💞🧘🏼‍♀️
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Samantha
“Happiness” Story
I understand the concept of the story, but to be frank, this session just made me more tense.
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Beth
No happiness if no balance.
I know my balance is bad. I could never keep the oil in the spoon AND walk around observing!!
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Jelena
happy life
being happy is about doing what makes you happy and making sure you always remember to keep yourself grounded. takin the bad with the good. ying and yang.
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Kaelin
Happiness
Happiness is to be able to look at the world around you and appreciate the splendor but also take the time and energy to cherish and be kind to yourself. Kindness to others is honest when it begins with ourselves.
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Esmeralda
happies
I learned that the word is a beautiful place and it's okay to wonder and see amazing places but also don't forget about what's important. it's okay to have fun but never lose track of your main focus.
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Riley
The Secret to Happiness
I learned that you need to be mindful in life and observe and live in the moment AND be mindful of the oil on your spoon. The drops of oil to me represent the struggles of our everyday lives and that if it falls off the spoon then we have lost a little control. So when you are waltzing through the castle (aka life) you can live in the moment but you always have to remember how to keep control.❤
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Jennifer
What I learned
I learned that there will be new in exciting things in life but never forget what you already have.
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ariana
Lessons
I feel that the lesson was to remind us to be grateful for everything in our life, and just like the oil on the spoon to be careful how we spend our life because it too runs out
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Camagu
Awareness
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Maya
Story about enjoying life
My story today talked about how balancing enjoying the beauties of life and the things that are important to you will help you enjoy life and be happier. But the message was a bit confusing..
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Pablo
Learning
Observe and take it all in. Don’t worry about having control of everything.
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Ona
Oil imt teaspoon
I learned that it’s so much easier to focus on one thing and lose sight on another but the key is balance and wow
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Lisa
I felt sad
Sometimes I, like the boy, focus so intently on some things and then I fail to enjoy wharves going on around me. Life can easily become about negatives and hyper focused on everything other than that which should make us happy...
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Bunny
My snarky thoughts
I let my brain get annoyed at what is basically an asop fable, I’m learning
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Elizabeth
Lessons in Life
I learned that there will be many lessons in life. Those lessons you be taken as a good way as we are learning to not make the same mistakes over and over. We can make mistakes but those mistakes are our lessons in life. Those lessons are what we should be grateful in life as one learns by doing it over and over again. ❤️
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Heidi
Life
I learned that it is important to see the clouds, flowers and beauty around you but to never forget where your priorities lie.
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Emmy
Nothing
It didn't affect me I learnt nothing, I feel like I've been told this before and the information didn't affect me the first or the second time it was explained to me this is what I believe and feel happened with this experience
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Susan
The Secret of Happiness
Learn to not only be aware of everything around you but to also be aware of yourself! When you have both, you will be healthy and whole
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Lour
What I learned
I have to look at the world and make a dream to have more things but never forget what i have in my life
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Viren
Story- secret of Happiness
Sweetly reintroduced the wisdom to enjoy what one have then to worried for what is lost,short and sweet but nice one, I appreciate and encourage the efforts of story teller...
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Manny
Today’s lesson
I learned that happiness is something that can be attained over time, and that one can rush to learn what the true meaning of happiness is.
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Shawna
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I learned not to just focus on what I am doing, but to be more aware of everything around me and all its beauty.