We offer you a fantastic children's story to talk to your child about sadness and joy. The protagonist of this story goes to a store where joy and happiness are sold because he is very sad. Will it be cured? Don't miss this short story, 'The bottle of happiness', a beautiful metaphor to read with your child.
In that establishment joy and happiness were sold by weight.
One day, carried away by rumors, a very sad man came to the store. He was hunched over and dragging his feet. He stood in front of the shopkeeper and asked in a languid voice:
- Do you sell joy here?
- Clear! - He said running to the back room.
The shopkeeper quickly returned and placed a seemingly empty, transparent bottle on the counter. He wrapped it carefully and put it in a bag.
"Here you are," he said, offering her the purchase with a big smile.
The man looked at him strangely, but seeing the shopkeeper so confident, he paid him and left the store with the feeling of having been scammed.
When he got home, he opened the package and found a piece of paper that said: When sadness seizes you, follow the instructions:
1. Remove the cap and suck the air out of the bottle deeply.
2. Cap the bottle immediately.
'It is recommended not to do more than one aspiration a day. It can cause a feeling of happiness'.
The sad man followed the instructions carefully, and decided at that very moment to test its effects.
He uncapped the bottle and took a deep breath.
Quickly, following the instructions, he recapped the bottle.
A few minutes later he started to feel very happy. He hummed and danced around the house. He went out into the street and, smiling at everyone, saw that everyone was smiling back at him. When it was time to return, the miraculous effect was wearing off and, little by little, he became sad again. He went to bed thinking that it had been years since he had been so happy.
The next day, as soon as he woke up, he uncapped the bottle and took a deep breath, immediately covering it.
At the moment, got an appetite and he prepared an orange juice, some toast with oil and ham and some plums, which tasted like glory. He was in a very good mood.
He went out into the street and, the same as the day before, he began to sing and dance showing everyone his joy. It was not until dusk when he felt sadness again take over his mind. Despite knowing he shouldn't, he went to get the bottle, uncapped it, and took a deep breath three times in a row.
- Fiuuuuuuuuuuuu, fiuuuuuuuuuuu, fiuuuuuuuuuuuu.
At the moment, he started laughing like crazy. He did not stop dancing, singing and laughing all night, until he was so tired that he fell intoxicated.
He did not wake up until sunset the next day. Indeed, he had had such a great feeling of happiness that he was exhausted. He didn't breathe in the miraculous air that afternoon.
The next morning he did not wake up as sad as on other occasions, it was as if the effect of the air remained. He decided not to inhale from the bottle until almost noon.
Now just once. And again he became very happy, infecting everyone he saw.
It was like that for a while. He noticed that he had less and less need to breathe in the air from the bottle, because without realizing it he was forgetting his sadness. So much that one day he forgot about her completely.
You can check if your child paid attention to the story. Use for it these simple reading comprehension questions:
1. What did the sad man ask for in the happiness store?
2. What warning did the store clerk give you?
3. Did the bottle of happiness serve the man?
4. What happened to you when you took in too much air of joy?
5. How did man manage to overcome sadness?
This story can also be used to make children reflect on the emotions it talks about: happiness, joy and sadness. To know the point of view of the little ones on this subject, you have to let them speak and listen to them. However, it's okay to lead the conversation with a few questions that will help you find out what your kids think. The following questions might help you:
- What is happiness for you? And the sadness?
- Do you remember a moment in your life in which you have been especially happy? And sad?
- What do you do when you are sad?
- How could you help your friends, parents or siblings to be happier?
Sometimes, with the rush and worries of everyday life, we don't have time to stop at one of the most important things: being happy. Therefore, in our site We propose you a very simple game that you can put into practice all together, as a family. We could call this activity something like 'The box of good messages'.
To organize it you need to get a little box. For example, you can use a box of toilet tissues that is already empty. To involve the whole family in this game from the beginning, you can decorate it all together using paints, glitter, stickers ... let your imagination run wild!
Once you have it ready, you can start putting this game into practice. Every night before going to bed, everyone has to write a short message dedicated to another member of the family, each day to a different one. In this message, for example, we can thank him for something he did for us that day, we can tell him how much we liked playing cars together, we can explain something that you like a lot about him, just say ' I love you '... It is about sending a positive and beautiful (but sincere) message to one of the relatives.
After a while, a couple of weeks or months (depending on how often you write your messages) you have to remove all the pieces of paper from the box and you have to read them aloud. Each one will read the messages that have been dedicated to him and will give thanks for the nice words.
This simple game can be very beneficial for everyone, both for children and adults. Among other things, with this daily activity we achieve:
- Improve children's self-esteem, but also of the adults of the family. It never hurts to be told something nice.
- The fact that someone dedicates a message to us makes us feel special. This helps children feel part of the group and recognize their place within the family.
- Improves the bond and communication between family members.
- It helps us build a beautiful memory that we will never forget.
- And above all ... it makes us very happy!
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