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'Happiness never decreases by being shared.' (Gautama Siddharta a.k.a. Buddha)

Published on 2/9/2017
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"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)

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There were two men, both seriously ill, who shared the same hospital room. One of them got a seat next to the room's only window. He was also allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help him drain fluids from his lungs. The other man had to spend all his time lying flat on his back.

The two roommates quickly bonded and started talking for hours on end. They talked about their lives, their job, children and wives.
One day the man on the other side of the window, expressed how he envied the man near the window. From that day, every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things outside the window: a lovely park with a lake, ducks and swans playing on the lake while children sailing their model boats, young lovers walking arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline in the distance.

The man on the other bed began to live for those one hour periods when he could visualize the world outside the hospital room. The one hour of every day his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

Days and weeks passed by.

One morning, a nurse arrived to examine the condition of the two patients. She found the lifeless body of the man by the window. The man had peacefully embraced his death on his sleep. The nurse was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

The other man grieved the death of his roommate. But, as the day passed by, he started missing the way his roommate described the view out of the window. In a hope to have a peek out of the window and the beautiful world outside, he asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse happily made the switch. As soon as he was comfortable in his new bed, the man slowly and painfully propped himself to take his first look at the world outside. The nurse delightfully watched as the man attempted to sit on the bed after weeks.
But as he strained to slowly turn to look out of the window beside him, he got stunned to see a blank wall outside the window. The agitate man asked the nurse what could have made his deceased roommate to lie about the view outside the window.
"There is nothing to see from here. Where are all the wonderful things he saw? He described everything so vividly. Is this a new and recent wall? Why did he give me such vivid details that don't exist?" - he asked.

The nurse shook her head and answered his questions: "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you and make you happy. You see, your roommate was totally blind".

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"We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one's own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness." (Dalai Lama)

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