English Reading Practice
Story Number 19:
Watch the video at the top of the page.
Read the story "Try Not to Do Things to Others That You Would Not Like
Them to Do to You" just below it.
Do the exercises at the bottom of the page.
Try Not to Do Things to Others That You Would Not Like Them to Do to You
is the Try
Not to Do Things to Others that You Would Not Like Them to Do to You video.
You can watch it in your own language at The
Way to Happiness Foundation
click the word "language" at the top right corner of that page.)
Way to Happiness is a common sense guide to
better living which has been distributed to more than 100 million
people in over 100 languages. It describes 21
principles to a better quality of life.
number 4 is "Try Not to Do Things to Others That You Would Not Like
Them to Do to You."
read the short story about this important principle.
Try Not to Do Things to Others That You
Would Not Like Them to Do to You
friends, Eric and Wendy, are sitting in a café enjoying a coffee. They
talk and look at the other people in the café. There is a rich-looking
man in a business suit sitting at a table near them. As he stands up to
leave, his cell phone rings. He answers it and walks away.
Eric and Wendy realize that he has left his briefcase. He was
distracted by the phone call. They both look at the briefcase for a
moment and wonder if it is full of money.
But they only hesitate for a moment. They know that the briefcase
belongs to the man, and he will be very upset if he loses it. They both
jump up from their chairs. Wendy runs after the man, shouting, "Hey,
sir! Sir, you forgot your briefcase!"
Eric stands next to the briefcase and waits. He wants to be sure that
nothing happens to it while Wendy goes to find the man.
When he hears Wendy, the man stops and looks at her. "I'm sorry, I have
to go," he says into his cell phone, ending the call. "My briefcase! I
cannot believe I forgot it! Thank you so much!"
He follows Wendy back to his table in the café. He smiles at Eric, who
is standing next to his briefcase without touching it.
"Thank you so much," the man says. "This briefcase is full of important
research papers and some pictures of my family. These things are very
important to me, but they are not useful to anyone else. I am so glad I
did not lose them!"
Wendy and Eric smile. They are happy that the man did not lose his
"Let me pay for your coffee," the man offers. "You have really saved me
Wendy and Eric accept and say thank you to the man. They are glad no
one took his briefcase. They know you should not do things to others
that you would not like them to do to you. And no one wants to lose
important work or special photos. They enjoy their coffee even more
after helping the man.
And now, practice:
1. What does "briefcase" mean?
a) a lady's purse
b) a backpack
c) a big suitcase for traveling
d) a small bag for carrying papers
2. What does "hesitate" mean?
a) to do something
b) to think for a moment before doing something
c) to do something very slowly
d) to rush as you do something
3. What does "glad" mean?
1. Let me pay ________ your coffee.
2. I am so glad I ________ lose them.
a) have not
b) does not
c) has not
d) did not
3. They know that the briefcase belongs ________ the man.
1. Why does the man forget his briefcase?
2. What do Eric and Wendy think might be inside?
3. In your opinion, why is it important not to do things to others that
you would not want them to do to you?