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Hey grownups. If you love our stories on circle round. Here's something else. You'll love today when you support circle round with a donation you automatically will be entered for a chance to send your six to eleven year old to unplug at camp. Birch hill this summer to donate. Text the word circle two four four three two one or visit WB you are dot org slash circle. We're giving away two weeks sessions at camp Burchill a sleep away camp in New Hampshire's lakes region where boys and girls participate in the activities. They love explore new interests and meet friends from around the world. Just like in our stories on circle round. No pledge necessary to enter visit WBZ dot org slash circle to find out more. Produced by the island at WB. You are Boston. Hi, Becca sheer here here in the circle round studio. We are super busy writing new stories and composing new music, but we didn't want to leave you without a very fun folk tale this week. So we looked back at all the stories we've done so far and decided to bring back a favourite from our archives while you're listening. We promise we'll keep at it. And bring you a new circle round episode next week. So then enjoy. Think about the last time you felt sad. What did you do to cheer self up? Well, today, we'll meet a man who was feeling pretty low himself. And he was so determined to find happiness that he embarked on an adventure and adventure that he hoped would chase those blues away. I'm Rebecca share and welcome to circle round. We're storytime happens. All the time today. Our story is called the happiest person in the world. People have been sharing versions of this tale for many years in many places from Africa to Italy to lose Becca, STAN that's a country in central Asia. Some really great people came together to bring you this folk tale, including EMMY award winning actor, Jon Cryer, if you are a grownup listening right now, he may remember him most recently from the sitcom two and a half men so circle around everyone for the happiest person in the world. Once there lived a man named Jona Jona had a big house with a large field. He had a kind loving wife and three wonderful children. Jona also had many good, friends and neighbors in short Jona had everything a man could ever want. But one fall morning as Joan awoke up beneath his fluffy down comforter. He noticed that his heart felt heavy is is filled with tears as he gazed out the window of his big house, the psalmist shining, the sky is blue and yet I feel so unhappy determined to shake this feeling Jona got out of bed kissed his family goodbye and went outside. I think I'll take a walk through the countryside. That should be just the thing to cheer me up Jona hiked for hours. He noticed the oranges yellows and reds of the autumn leaves. He felt the tangle of the clear crisp air. He wandered past sheep and cows contentedly grazing friendly furry dogs wagging their tails, but when he got back home still he wasn't happy. This is the worst. I've never been so unhappy in my life. Maybe I should go to the city to get rid of the sadness the next morning. Jota got out of bed again, kissed his family could buy again it set out for the big city when he got there. He dined at the most delicious restaurants and went to the fanciest shows. He bought a necklace for his wife toys for his kids. He even bought himself a pair of soft fuzzy slippers? But when he returned home again all this time in the city, and I still feel down in the dumps whatever will I do as the weeks went by Jona felt gloomier and gloomier he didn't sled with his kids when the first snow fell. He hardly spoke to his friends and neighbors before long he could barely get out of bed in the morning. Even when the family was having his favourite breakfast of blueberry, pancakes one day as Joan moped around the house his wife had an idea. Oh Jona we must chase away. This storm cloud above your head. Perhaps you could visit your wise and lives by the pond in the woods. Maybe she can bring your. Sky's back again jonelle lifted his head and shrugged his shoulders. Well. I guess it can't hurt to try Jona headed to the woods and followed the path until he reached the pond when he stepped inside his wise aunt's cabin. She greeted her nephew with a hug Jona. How lovely to see you. What brings you here today? And why do you look so sad? Oh, anti no matter. What I do. Or where I go. I'm so unhappy, do you know how I might find happiness again, Jonas aunt smiled. Why? Yes, jona. I know exactly. What you must do Joan leaned in closely. He didn't want to miss a word of his wise. Aunt's advice? The answer much is this you must find the happiest person in the world. And when you find this person, you must trade your shirt for there's wants you and the happiest person in the world have exchanged shirts. You will be happy. Again, Joanna took. In what has aunt had told him? Well, that doesn't sound so hard. Thank you auntie. Thank you so much and thus began Jonas search for the happiest person in the world. Do you think Joanna will track down the happiest person in the world? And if he does do you think he will find the happiness he seeks? We'll find out after a quick break. T-shirt? We've got your shirt now you can wear your love for circle round all the time. As a thank you gift for donation to WB. You are the station that produces our podcast you can receive your very own t shirt designed by circle round illustrator Sabina Han, check it out at WBZ dot org slash color. We hope you're enjoying the story. Grownups. Don't forget your six to eleven year old could be entered to win a two week session at camp Birch hill with a donation to WB you are producers of circle round. Just don't be this mom. Dear mom, I love camp chill. I made this postcard in arts and crafts your tab. Tell me more about your camp. Don't forget, your sunscreen love mom. Dear mom, I really love it all my horse, JIMBO. He's like cuteness times at one million. Oh, and by the way, I lost my flashlight lost your flashlight. Are you just wandering around woods and the dark now? I need more details. Oh, Taba love. Mom. Dear mom, I really don't wanna leave camper. Chilling my friends. Can I stay one more week your tab? You can't live in the woods forever. Especially without a flashlight. The next week love. Mom, we're giving away two weeks sessions at camp Burchill a sleep away camp in New Hampshire's lakes region were boys and girls participate in the activities. They love explore new interests in meet friends from around the world, just like in our stories on circle around your donation today. Automatically enters you into the sweepstakes. Text the word circle two four four three two one. Or visit WB you are dot org slash circle. No pledge necessary to enter. Welcome back to circle round. I'm Rebecca sheer today. Our story is called the happiest person in the world. When we left off Jona was setting off to find the happiest person in the world, don't as wise aunt said that if he could find this person and trade shirts happiness would once again be his Joan wandered long and far through cities towns and country and with everyone he met he would ask the same question. Tell me are you happy and they would answer. Why? Yes, I am very happy. I've never felt happier. Over happiness in the world is mine. Each time. This happened Jona would ask another question. But if I gave you all my money, and my big White House and my large greenfield. Would you be happier? A big White House large green field. Of course. I'd be happy. I'd be overjoyed. Oh, I would definitely be happier. With more of such things this sort of exchange happened again, and again and over and over Jona would shake his head and frown. But I am looking for someone who would not. Not be happier. If they had more things someone who is already happy with who they are. And what they have. There's no way you can be the happiest person in the world. Feeling lower than ever Jona trudged his way through the forest. He slouched down on a tree stump his head in his hands. It was spring and the birds chirping as they collected food for their newborn chicks. But that wasn't the only sound Jona heard somewhere in the forest. Someone was whistling Joanna jumped up from the tree stump Witter's whistling such a cheerful song must be very happy person. Indeed. Maybe I'll give this one more try Jona wound his way through the woods following the sound of the cheerful whistling at last. He came to a clear there in a beam of sunshine, a woodcutter was swinging his acts and whistling as he swung Jonah knew that splitting wood was very hard work yet. For some reason. This man was loving. Every minute amazed Jonas stepped forward. Excuse me. Sir. Can I can I ask you a question? The what cutter stopped his swinging and put down. In his acts. Ask away, my friend. Always glad to help a traveler Jimmy braced himself he'd asked this question thousands of times before with the answer be any different this time. What I want to know is he took a deep breath. Are you happy woodcutter chuckled? His eyes twinkling in the sun, my friend. You've come to the right person. I'm happy I can be Jonas heart fluttered. What if I told you that I would give you all of my money and my big White House and my large green field here. Now, I just give it to you all of it would that make you happier. The woodcutter smiled, my friend. I have no need for your money or your house or your field, and I wouldn't trade places with a king. Or Queen Joanna couldn't believe his good luck had last. I have searched far and wide for the happiest person in the world. And Finally, I found you. There's just one more thing. I have to ask can we trade shirts. The woodcutter threw back his head and laughed. He laughed and he laughed until the forest echoed with his laughter. Jona was confused. Why are you laughing? Blew my shirt is made from the softest of cotton and has the most beautiful of patterns, please. I must find happiness again. What would you trade shirts with me? The woodcutter finally grew quiet. He looked Jonas straight in the eye and unveil his tattered coat. That's when Jonas saw that the happiest person in the world wasn't wearing a shirt. In fact, he didn't even own one. You see, my friend. I have no need for the softest of cotton or the most beautiful of patterns there is nothing to trade. But but how is that possible? My aunt said the happiest person in the world would trade shirts with me. And then I would be happy to. What a journey. You must have had brats, my friend. You do not need a special shirt. Perhaps. There is no special shirt, perhaps everything you need to be happy in your life is already yours and with that the woodcutter in his tattered coat and went back to swinging his axe and whistling. As Jona traveled, the many miles back to his big house and large field. He thought about what the woodcutter said along the way he smiled at the people. He passed he patted the furry little dogs that chased after him even whistled his favourite songs has loudly as he could. When Jones returned home, the son had just come up over the horizon, he gathered his wife and children in a big hug and felt his heart. Grow light over a hot breakfast, blueberry, pancakes, Jona gazed upon his family and knew that now and always everything he needed to be happy was right here. No, it's your turn. What makes you happy? Is it a person in your life or people? Maybe it's typically you enjoy doing or place would like to visit maybe it's just a big bowl of ice cream. Find a piece of paper and draw picture of what brings you happiness, then share it with someone you love. This week's story the person. Was adapted by Rebecca share and edited by circle rounds executive producer, Jessica helper. Eric shallowness creates our original music and sound design artist is Sabina von. Sabina von sabinas made a black and white picture for every circle round story, and you can color them. Visit our website WBZ dot org slash circle round and click on coloring pages. Special. Thanks to our actors in today's tale. Lorcy Harris Deloris king William's on your Wayland. Smith cash Moodley are John Lesko Michio bear. And Jon Cryer, you grownups can catch two and a half men on. Netflix and network TV circle round is a production of WB, you are Austin's NPR news station, and all you grown-ups out there. You can find us on Facebook at Facebook dot com slash circle round podcast. I'm Rebecca sheer, thanks for circling around with us. Shirts circle round love writing new stories and putting them together as fun episodes for you to enjoy. But you know, what one of the best things about making this podcast is hearing from listeners like you. So many fans across the world have been telling us about the circle round stories. They like best take a listen, maybe one of their favorite stories is one of yours too. To bully you're living kit. My favorite circle round story is the lines whisker stole Yana, Iran. Five years old, I live in India in my favorite story is fish. Why I like to part with Oscar puts the fish in the Trie for straps with cheese in his doughnuts on the butchers. 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