The Gift of Happiness

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. – Og Mandino

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True happiness is within us. That’s a powerful statement. The implications are enormous and the least of which is that we truly have control of our happiness and the direction of our lives. We are raised differently of course and that is because the people that raised us forgot that fact.

So, all we have to do is to remember that we are responsible for our happiness, our lives and really the world we live in. We have more control than we know.

When we are happy, those feelings naturally spread to others. First and foremost from the example of how we are living our lives. Maybe a smile here and there. A hug when appropriate. A hearty laugh. A passion for life. Giving someone your time. Listening. Holding the door for someone.

We all want to be happy. Maybe some people have buried that fact deep within themselves, but I believe it’s always there.  Maybe you can help bring that out in others by being happy yourself. When they become happier it will probably spread to people they know. Before you know it, real social change has taken place.

I’ve begun. What about you?

Michael