The secret of happiness is helping others
6 tips to living a life with purpose and meaning.
There is a Chinese saying that goes: 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. For countries, the greatest thickness have suggested the same thing. Happiness is found in helping others.
For it is in giving that we receive
Saint Francis of assisi
The soal meaning of life is to serve humanity- Leo Tolstoy
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give- Winston Churchill.
Making money is a happ; making other people is super happiness- nobel peace prize recipient Muhammad yanus.
Giving back is as good for you as it is those you are helping because giving gives you purpose . When you have a purpose- driven lite, you’re a happier person- Goldie Hawn.
And so we learn easily:
It is better to give than to receive. The venerable aphorism is drummed into our heads from our first slice of a shared birthday cake but is there a deeper truth behind the truism?
The resounding answer is yes. Scientific research provides compelling data to support the an ecdotal evidence that giving is a powerful pathway to personal growth and lasting happiness.
Here are some tips to that will help you give not until it hurts, but until it feels great.
1. Find your passion
Our passion should be the foundation for our giving. It is not how much we get, but much love we put into giving. It’s only natural that we will care about this and not so much about that and that’s ok.
2. Give your time:
The gift of time is often more variable to the receiver and more satisfying for the giver than the gift of money. We don’t all have the same amount of money , but we all do have time on our hands, and we can give some of this time to help others- whether that means we devote our lifetimes to service, or just give a few hours each day or a few days a year.
3. Give to organization with transparent aims and results:
According to Harvard scientists Michael Norton, giving to a cause that specifies what they’re going to do with your money leads to more happiness than giving to an umbrella cause where you’re not so sure where your money is going.
4. Find ways to integrate your interests and skills with the needs of others.
” selfless giving, in the absence of self preservation instincts easily becomes over whelming says adam grant, author of give and take.
5. Be proactive, not reactivate: we have all felt the dread that comes from being cajoled into giving, such as when friends ask us to donate to their fundraisers.
6. Don’t be guilt- tripped into giving:
I don’t want to discourage people from giving to good cause just because that doesn’t always cheer us up.