Do you really want to be happy?
Everyone says yes, but the gateway to happiness makes some of us feel overwhelmed. The gateway to happiness, is giving to others.
Some of us may feel that, if we give too much, our generosity, we will be taken advantage of by others. This is true, and a few very selfish individuals can possibly perceive your good intentions as a weakness. The opposite is actually true as empathy and understanding make you strong.
However, people who seek to take advantage of your kindness are in the minority. Gandhi said “We must be the change, we wish to see in the world.” Think about it, change has to start somewhere, so why not let it start with you and me, today?
You can donate anything randomly, without seeking reward, and anonymously, without telling anyone. This is good for you, the universe, and those who benefit from your acts of kindness. Every time you give, you will receive – even, if you are not looking for a reward.
Why not try and see what happens? What some call, “karma,” the law of cause and effect. It works like this: For every action, there is an equal reaction. Let’s make sure the reactions to our actions are good ones.
Danny Thomas, the founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in the USA said, “All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”
Share everything and you will achieve a legacy of kindness. Share nothing and people will do their best, to forget you. When my life is over I will only leave memories, in the minds of others, and I want them all to be great ones.
So, how much should you give? Here are some examples of things you can give on a daily basis that are entirely FREE!
- Heart felt, kind words
- A positive note
- A thank you card
- A flower or a beautiful bouquet
As you can see, these types of gifts won’t leave you poor. What will happen as a result of this kindness is that most people will naturally, return kindness back to you.
You should also take the time to be polite to all of the people who perform services for you, every day. Many people do not bother to say hello or thank you to the maid, janitor, security guard, parking attendant, or service clerk. Once you do, you may even learn their name, and you would be surprised how many of them will go out of their way to give you good service, just by addressing them by their first name.
If you establish sincerity and trust where ever you go, you will bring value. It is really that simple. As Princess Diana said, “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”