A Little Happier: Having More Doesn’t Always Make Us Happier.

I wrote about this story in my book The Happiness Project; its lesson is just as true for adults as for children.

I’ve never forgotten about that little boy saying sadly, “I can’t love lots of cars.”

If you like this story, and would like to hear more wisdom from the teacher who told it to me, you can check out the excellent book that she wrote with her colleague: Practical Wisdom for Parents: Raising Self-Confident Children in the Preschool Years, by Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum.

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  • Deb

    Beautiful story Gretchen. I wonder though if perhaps the teacher was quoting from a wonderful book by Rachel Naomi Remen, “My Grandfather’s Blessings : Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging”. I remember this story so well, because it spoke to me so forcefully at the time. Whereever its from its a story worth repeating. Love your blog.


  • Darlene

    The same story was told on Oprah many years ago. I’ve thought about it often.