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When you look at yourself in the mirror, you look at 1 person. If you put your hand under the microscope, you observe all the separate cells of your hand. The cells work together in such a way that it forms 1 body and functions as 1 body. There is no boss or leader directing all these countless cells of your body. And yet every cell is doing its job. The cells organise themselves! The following exercise is about self-organisation.

Happiness for all (original Syrella Johan)


  • All students take a balloon, inflate the balloon and write their name on the balloon.
  • The balloons are placed in the centre of the room and mixed up.
  • Students are given five minutes to find the balloon with their name on it.
  • Once everyone has their own balloon, or after five minutes, the game is stopped and it is reviewed how many students were able to find the balloon with their own name on it.
  • Students are then instructed to take the nearest balloon and give it to the person whose name is on the balloon.
  • When everyone has their own balloon, or after five minutes, the game is stopped.


To learn the importance of caring not only for yourself, but also for each other.

 Learning outcomes:

  • You can apply positive, creative empowerment opportunities (win-win solutions)
  • You were able to create conditions for group empowerment



SDG 3: Good health & well-being



Balloons, 1 balloon for each student. Markers



  • Discuss with each other the differences between the first and second exercise.
  • Dwell on the sentence: 'These balloons are like happiness. We will never find it if everyone is looking for their own. But if we care about other people's happiness, we'll find ours too.


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