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Bears and a Balloon

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We all know that when someone is having a bad day, giving them a balloon is very likely to make it a little bit brighter. But balloons aren’t just for bad days, they’re also given on special days and for a variety of other reasons. Often, balloons are accompanied by flowers or a little teddy bear. Why is it that bears and balloons just seem to go together?

My guess is that someone, somewhere, saw a real bear playing with a balloon. Perhaps it was a situation similar to that in this video. They ooh’d and aww’d, laughing in between and left with a big genuine smile on their face. Maybe even walking away thinking, “Bears and balloons . . . who knew?” It’s possible that this thought was the beginning of a grand sales adventure. Someone who wanted to replicate the way they felt when seeing a live bear play with a balloon, but without the sad ending of the bear popping the balloon.

What’s better than watching a bear play with a balloon? Watching someone you love receive a gift that makes them feel the way you feel when you watch bears play with a balloon. That type of feeling that just lights up a person’s face and you can visibly see the happiness that you just caused them. That’s what balloons do to people. Teddy bears just seem to be an added bonus.

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I’m not really sure if these bears are genuinely happy to be playing with a balloon, but they sure do look interested in it. So, a balloon may not have the same effect on a bear as it does on a human. Maybe if it was accompanied by a stuffed human doll for them to snuggle with while playing with the balloon, then there would be an even greater reaction.

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