If happiness is in friendships, who do you choose to be your friends?

If happiness is in friendships, who do you choose to be your friends?

As regular readers of my writing would well be aware, I'm truly believe that happiness is not a selfish pursuit but rather, something that intimately involves friendships and good quality relationships. 

Happiness comes from knowing, in short, that … other people matter. 

But little mention is made in the happiness and positive psychology works of who to choose as your friends which is why I thought this old and wise tale might be of interest to some of you…

Aesop's Fable – the Lion and the Mouse

Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. "Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?" The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go.

Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on. Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts. "Was I not right?" said the little Mouse.

Moral of Aesops Fable: Little friends may prove great friends

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