Happiness Through Giving

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody”
– Chinese Proverb

To touch the life of another person is one of the most beautiful and fulfilling joys of life. To see the shape and splendor of one’s face evolve into a display of happiness because you could look past yourself for one moment, and to know that we each possess the ability to change a person’s day from bad to better and act upon it , is irrefutably one of the major keys to happiness.

One of the great things about giving is that it isn’t hard. It does not require emptying our pockets (but if this is what you desire, by all means!) What it does mean is becoming aware of the people around us. Every moment is an opportunity to give, whether it be a simple smile and “hello” to a stranger, an encouraging word to someone, etc.

Here are just a few things we can do today to make other people happy:

  • If you have something you aren’t using or don’t need, why not give it to someone who does need it? It’s amazing how “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!”
  • Help someone with a task that you will not get credit for.
  • Give a friend a random gift when they least expect it. This is sure to make that person’s day!
  • Realize that there is always someone worse-off than you. Whether that means giving them money, making them dinner, buying them a few groceries, whatever- the joy of knowing that they will not have to go without makes all the difference!

“To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin”

– Lord Byron

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