Hap­pi­ness comes from helping oth­ers

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“Hap­pi­ness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in har­mony.” — Ma­hatma Gandhi

Some­times I feel like ev­ery­body else is mov­ing on with their lives ex­cept me and I find my­self won­der­ing what I need to do to feel bet­ter. It is these times that I value my An­gels so much. Fam­ily and friends also help with a sense of be­long­ing, along with my furry friends. I have no­ticed re­cently that when I stop com­par­ing my­self and the jour­ney I am on, with other peo­ple’s jour­neys, I do feel a lot hap­pier.

Hap­pi­ness is the amaz­ing feel­ing I get when I help an­other per­son. We hear much about vol­un­teer­ing, how it helps other peo­ple; yet maybe we miss how im­por­tant vol­un­teer­ing is for our own lives. For most of my life I have found it is es­sen­tial to help oth­ers. Helping someone else en­abled me to find hap­pi­ness for my­self. As the Dalai Lama is quoted as say­ing — “Hap­pi­ness is not some­thing that is ready made. It comes from your own ac­tions.”

Let me share some ideas I have learned along the way. The first step is to take care of me — my body, plan­ning ex­er­cise, get­ting out­side amongst na­ture and get­ting enough sleep. Al­ways be­ing aware and mind­ful of what is go­ing on around me, be­ing in tune with my feel­ings and not dwelling on the past or wor­ry­ing about the fu­ture. Then I am ready to do things for oth­ers and con­nect with other peo­ple. Prac­tis­ing be­ing cu­ri­ous and en­gaged in life helps me ac­com­plish things, learn new things and set re­al­is­tic goals. Along with choos­ing to bounce back if things don’t go ex­actly as I planned. Lastly it is im­por­tant to be com­fort­able with who I am and re­mem­ber I am part of a big­ger wider world.

Let’s keep build­ing our hap­pi­ness. If we prac­tise enough, hap­pi­ness be­comes au­to­matic and we will re­spond to life’s ups and downs with ex­cite­ment, pos­i­tiv­ity and joy. Aro­hanui.

Shirley-Joy. bel­[email protected]

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