Updated: Sep 13

A five-year-old kid asks her father, “What is happiness?” & rather than answer, her father tried to show her what true happiness meant.

“Happiness” by C. S. Manohar tells how one can, in their way, define happiness through sharing & caring.


Five-year-old Molly asked her dad, “What is happiness?”

So the next day, her dad surprised her with a toy, a speaking Barbie, and she was overjoyed and spent every waking and sleeping moment with it.

Illustrated by Renius Mercy

A week later, her dad promised another gift. The next day as Molly waited by the door, her dad came home with a huge box. While she looked on with excitement, her dad opened the gift to reveal within it ten dolls of the same Barbie make. Her smile turned upside down.

But her dad smiled. He said, “Come, let’s go out.”

Taking the dolls with them, they wandered around the whole block. Molly’s father then asked her to distribute each doll to all her good friends. It was to become their lifetime bond now. Molly was elated.

But as they neared home, giving all of the dolls away, she came across a poor girl staring longingly at them. Her dad looked at Molly, wondering about her response.

In a blink, Molly ran indoors, got her doll, and gave it to the poor girl.

‘Happiness lies in knowing why to take and when to give.’





This contribution is reviewed by Edlyn ​D’souza, edited by Sreekar Ayyagari, proofread by Rajiv R Nair & illustrated by Renius Mercy.



This story is available in paperback & ebook.

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