Who is Happy? The Peacock and The Crow

A crow lived in the forest and was absolutely satisfied in life. But one day he saw a swan. “This swan is so white,” he thought, “and I am so black. This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.”

He expressed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied, “I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colors. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation.” The crow then approached the parrot. The parrot explained, “I lived a very happy life until I saw a peacock. I have only two colors, but the peacock has multiple colors.”

The crow then visited a peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see him. After the people had left, the crow approached the peacock. “Dear peacock,” the crow said, “you are so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you. When people see me, they immediately shoo me away. I think you are the happiest bird on the planet.”

The peacock replied, “I always thought that I was the most beautiful and happy bird on the planet. But because of my beauty, I am entrapped in this zoo. I have examined the zoo very carefully, and I have realized that the crow is the only bird not kept in a cage. So for past few days, I have been thinking that if I were a crow, I could happily roam everywhere.”

That’s our problem too. We make unnecessary comparison with others and become sad. We don’t value what God has given us.  This all leads to the vicious cycle of unhappiness.  Learn to be happy in what you have instead of looking at what you don’t have.   There will always be someone who will have more or less than you have.  Person who is satisfied with what he/she has, is the happiest person in the world.

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'195' Thoughts on a Story

  1. Vijay Bhimraoji Bansod

    July 26, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Hello, Anjali ji. It’s a very beautiful,good and real story I have ever
    read. I like it so much.

  2. Very realistic. It’s a good story.

  3. Wow Amazing story

  4. Vry gud stry

  5. I would say it is exactly right but some cases it won’t apply if peacock is out of cage or Zoo It will be the most happiest bird in world because if you have good beauty and good humer, you will be the great personality than the person who has only good humer without beauty but I accepts humer is the preferable thing….Vasu

  6. IT A VERY GOOD STORY

  7. very good story.please write more stories.my request………………….

  8. Amazing! True to understand and follow in day today life

  9. i think today i will happier than yesterday, because i read this story :D

  10. EVEN THE PERSON WHO IS NOT BEAUTY BUT IF HE\SHE IS HONEST THEY ARE THE WORLD’S HAPPIEST PERSON. IF WE THINK THAT THE CROW IS IN BLACK IN COLOR EVEN SOME OF THE PERSONS ARE BLACK IN COLOR SO WE SHOULD NOT HATE CROWS. I AM NOT IN BLACK IN COLOR.

  11. Happyness is not in zoo or not in outside it is depend on our behaviour.if we do some good thing that is the happy movement.whatever the situation you make other peoples are haapy it is limitless happyness

  12. Very great

  13. Nice but simple test

    September 4, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Every one have one day

  14. very nice moral abourt the life..i like it

  15. Very nice story

  16. Love the story

  17. A good moral story

  18. too much complaints get issues complicated. of a true life is a privilege and not a right. nice story.

  19. very nice and simple story about life …………..

  20. I loved it.

  21. Prof.Sapna Sharma

    October 13, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Valuable and very truthful story.In a very simple way it explain all

  22. perfect story

  23. Very nice & inspiring story thanks

  24. we should take lesson from the stroy

  25. Beautiful story- full of inspiration and moral

  26. Very nice story. I enjoy read this story.

  27. True story of life

  28. Wrderful explain ,its true v shuld stop comparing us with othr ,

  29. Very nice story. thank you

  30. Smal inspirational story.

  31. dattatray ghodake

    November 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

    very inspiring story

  32. vERY NICE

  33. Kiruthika Viswanath

    November 16, 2014 at 12:06 am

    good Anjali

  34. Sema story anjali

  35. Meaningful story

  36. Wonderfully composed. I like it very much.

  37. We like the story. Thank you for writing and making it.

  38. Really, a true heart touching story….

  39. apple jean formentera fuertes

    December 28, 2014 at 7:37 am

    yeah, , it so true,, , we dont hav to compare our selves to the other people ,, kung ano ka, yun ka talaga

  40. Right …u saying abouslutly correct

  41. Very nice n knowledgeable story

  42. Excellent! Illlllllllllllllllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Really True…. Though its hard to practice, but we must keep trying

  44. aasome thought & nice story

  45. Story was Good

  46. It’s really true.

  47. it is very educational story for those who have less than others and feel unhappy to see other peoples who have more than they have. but actual happiness lies within us only. we all should be thankful to God who has made us differently. we should try to be happy within that what God has given to us and be contented. The lesson of the story is don’t compare yourself with others. it destroy your happiness.

  48. wise words

  49. Very good story

  50. It’s true. Person who is satisfied with what he/she has, is the happiest person in the world.

  51. donot compare with others keepsmile be happy

  52. A very beautiful story. Explains the futility of unnecessary comparison that is mostly the breeding ground for greed and unhappiness!

  53. simple and Sooooooooperb……

  54. yeah I realized that today….!

  55. very good story

  56. very nice…

  57. hahahahaha, this why women like black guise. thanks.

  58. It’s a very good story…We really compare ourselves…What we have and the things we want to have…We sometimes wished to be in the other person’s life..Wishing that there life could be also your life…

  59. Darous Kent Joboe

    March 24, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Life is not alwz how you want it to be. Whatever comes our way and is given us especially by our creator we should be satisfied.

  60. So nice and also

  61. It is very nice and we all like it

  62. It was just a story of crow and peacock…But this story is showing the nature of the whole humanity… There is a common trend among the people to make the comparison with each other… If a people is happy than after watching a poor man he will say tha, he is the happiest pers0n… But when he’ll see another pers0n who is more welthier than him than he will try to become like that pers0n… And thinks that , that pers0n is the happiest pers0n in the world… S0, we sh0ld not do this sort of work… And we must try to satisfied with our life… Bcz our life is so important… The important thing is that God has created as a normal pers0n… And he has not created any fault in our body… However there are many pers0ns in the world who are devoid of these facilities… But there are not cursing their life… But they are thanking the God… S0 we must be happy with our life,. And it is our duty that we must thank the God in every aspect of life… And we sh0uld try love each and every pers0n in the world… After doing that… World will turned into a paradise…
    Thank You.

  63. Umesh bangaiyya

    April 3, 2015 at 9:35 am

    It is very nice and we all like it

    so most

  64. Very good story.

  65. Excellent. … the crow when started thinking about external beauty it forgot the internal peace of being uncaged… children shd reaf… they can learn a lot

  66. Really good story why becoz people r always thinking n looking high but they never thought that people r living on the road how their life.

  67. I think every thing animals people are all perfect. We been made out with differnts is not for compare. :P

  68. We all need to be happy to ourselves

  69. Really awesome

  70. THIS STORY SHOWED US THAT WE’LL JUST HAVE TO BE HAPPY OF WHAT WE HAVE WITH NO COMPARISON BECAUSE EVERYTHING WE HAVE IS SPECIALLY GIVEN BY GOD.WE ARE SO SPECIAL,HE HAD MADE US INTO HIS LIKENESS…WE JUST HAVE TO BE THANKFUL IN EVERYTHING HE HAS GIVEN TO US…”HAPPINESS IS BEING CONTENTED OF WHAT WE HAVE”

  71. That is so true

  72. Pradeep soni ( India)

    May 4, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Really
    life is full of Happiness..
    the key is inside our point of view. .

  73. Everything has thier own specialty and should be happy with what they have.

  74. What a nice story!! I like it!

  75. WHEN YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH WHAT YOU HAVE YOU WILL NOT REST UNTIL YOU DIE.
    ALWAYS BE HAPPY FOR WHAT YOU HAVE BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE PRAYING TO HAVE WHAT YOU HAVE.

  76. it really inspires me a lot .

  77. I LOVE IT

  78. This story tells the reality of life. Many of us are of the thinking and always seek solace in others comforts.it is not good

  79. be satisfied with wat ever u have…..wat ever happens it happens for reason..

  80. i like the cock part of peacock

  81. We often forget to think about the reality of life

  82. very true story!!:)

  83. Oh yes be content with what you have or who you are, sometime beauty causes trouble.

  84. Enjoyed the story and the moral of it.

  85. harshit Kumar gupta

    July 7, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Really nice..
    Heart touching…

  86. really beautiful story, I will tr to tell more people….. Thanks for posting the beautiful story….

  87. Thank u Anjali for writing a beautiful story, it will help me to improve myself in a more better way. Thank you so much dear……………….

  88. Yesssssssssssss. Absolutely right we should only see ours not others ……. KEEP IT UP………
    Salute hai boss…………

  89. Excellenttttttttttttt.Heart touching story

  90. It very true that one source of sadness is comparing ourself with others.Most often on material things which in turn lead us into sin.We shd rememba dat our life is not in the things we have.Let all be content with what we have for God has promised us that He will never abondon us.

  91. wow….so nice

  92. rehanuddin choudhury

    July 29, 2015 at 8:47 am

    My son Wajahat appeciates the story.

  93. Oliverpreesto gurung

    July 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    be happy and live happy.

  94. really i realize by reading this story bcoz i always compare with others

  95. Be Happy What u have instead of looking what u don’t have

  96. soooooooooooooooooooooo. nice

  97. Likkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkke

  98. best story for everyone

  99. Wrong grammar

  100. Excellent STORY!!!!!

  101. nice story wow

  102. Very nice

  103. Intresting story

  104. Awesome story

  105. The best moral stroy in this series by far in my opinion and deepest place in my ❤….i will tell everyone i know.

  106. good

  107. lygnea ecarg/Phillipines

    November 8, 2015 at 6:09 am

    What a touching story,it is full of moral lessons.
    This is very true,people compare their self with others whom they think happier than them but the
    truth is what God gave us is the most perfect and right for us,
    so let us not be sad for what God have gaven us…

  108. Good story

  109. Excellent story. Now a days this feeling is there in almost all. It will inspire many more people.

  110. This story is amazing. Sumple but amazing. I learnt a very valuable lesson from it. And i believe many more people will…

  111. inferiority complex has to be dead

  112. Very inspiring story…this is the problem with not only kids but also with every adult. Indeed satisfaction will lead us to happiness.

  113. Very good story with great moral

  114. Simple story with large morals

  115. Motivational story

  116. Very interesting story, good!!

  117. Very simple and it is not true that crows can talk but these stories are good for kids.

  118. This story is required for this generation.

  119. Authentic story

  120. U should Be HAPPY with what u have. Then u will be SUCCESSFUL

  121. Halimatou Jalloh

    January 31, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Be happy with what god gives you, because he is the creator of the world and he knows why he creates us differently.

  122. Very nice story for every human to understand n live happily with what God has given us.

  123. Very nyc….

  124. we must understand this story carefully and live happily

  125. Very nice story with nice moral

  126. this is true. so love it

  127. Those some peoples are njy after reading ds story

  128. Ya its true

  129. Its so nice story…….

  130. I learnt so many things from here. I love this website! :D

  131. It’s true. Always we compare ourself to another so we become sad. It is nice story.

  132. Nice story ??

  133. Nice story and something learnit

  134. good one

  135. i agree…but most of the people make up to be beautiful. face is important for every body.. do you accept to be ugly instead of being free.

  136. sahra beauty is not presented by face it presented by good thinking good soul and good heart and actions also

  137. moral of this story: doesn’t matter how we look, our personality and smartness is depend our thoughts, job soul.

  138. Good story for who are feeling that I am ugly

  139. Nice story. I think this is my favorite fable! now watch me Whip!

  140. Nice story. I think this is my favorite fable!

  141. its not only beauty we can take this story between poor and rich too

  142. That’s great story

  143. So cute story

  144. Good Moral Story. Video clipping as if the relevant birds and animals are speaking will be more nice and enjoyable for children

  145. Khubsurati hmesha nek dil or helping nature me hoti hai instead of good looks if I HD this question…..may I m wrng

  146. cool this story has open my eyes… i like it

  147. Being happy is the most important thing in life. And in my opinion these is the best story that teaches us how to be happy.

  148. so cool and ready to my nephew

  149. Superb story angali… With the quite good moral…

  150. what a nice story really inspirational…..do write such stories dear……

  151. Excellent thought

  152. Beautiful heart is more. Important than beautiful looks

  153. im iranian . for me its very interesting that this story comes to our english book .its so enjable and story teach me informative thing

  154. I agreed the moral that beauty don’t bring happiness…

  155. nice stories

  156. Vilai Vithand Prajwal

    December 15, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Very much inspiring. We need to get satisfied with what God has given and what we have. Then life will be very peaceful.

  157. Yes, absolutely true story. Thank you very much

  158. It was super good it ??

  159. It is best story who give us satisfaction

  160. Very good story… Happiness comes from our mind not others healthy wealthy and beauty..

  161. good sotry

  162. Nice story about peacock and the crow

  163. I love this story until I have seen it in magazine

  164. Beautiful story :)

  165. very meaningful message………………………..

  166. This story is very inspiring with a great moral and teaches us that we should be happy as we are. We should not compare ourselves with others. Great story………………🤗🤗🤗

  167. A very inspiring story with a great moral and teaches us that we should be happy as we are and should not compare with others

  168. Thing is a bird kept confined or in a cage never even knew it could fly?

  169. This story was beautiful….this is teach us lot…..

  170. I have learnd many thig from this story

  171. This story was so nice . And there was a project work to write stories . I thought this was nice so I wrote this and this story teaches alot and we should always be thankful to our God

  172. i found no sense in t story once crow had his color why he had to go about asking for others colors ?could his color be changed?

  173. beautiful story i hope it will definitely change my life in happier ones ..nomatter the story is short but its having too much future of happiness in it i reaallyyyy enjoyed it

  174. Very nice story it help me to change my mind

  175. thank you so much it helped me in my English project

  176. It is really motivational story. It learn to me how to applied me in knowledge.

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