China Elevator Stories

“The Most Important Thing Is Happiness”

A cab driver shares his view with me about what is really important in life.


Ruth Silbermayr
Ruth Silbermayr


I’m taking a cab to the airport in Shenzhen and chat with the cab driver.

He tells me: 

“You know, it doesn’t really matter if you’re rich or poor, the most important thing is happiness. If a guy only loves his wife and no other woman, that’s happiness. 

You can be happy if you’re rich and you can be happy if you’re poor. Money does not rule over happiness. Of course, you need to earn enough money to pay the rent and have enough to eat, but once you have these things, having little or having a lot of money isn’t what’s important.

I think that people are born to give to others. They are not born to be selfish and only care about themselves. A person’s own happiness is also connected to their loved ones.”

With this little story, I’d like to wish you a great year of the horse – one filled with love and happiness.

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