“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.” – C.S. Lewis
Affectionate and caring people bring hope, sunshine and laughter into the lives of others. Often those “others” are the downtrodden, poor and abused. However, many of us have received healthy, durable happiness from a solid loving relationship with a friend, parent or grandmother that has helped shape our character and defined who we are. Is it time for us to give back and become hope for someone else?
“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself” – Ralph Waldo
It’s ironic that happiness materializes for the giver when we give it away to others. Happiness spreads like wildfire when its given with enthusiasm and sincerity. What would it look like to give happiness to others? An unexpected, outrageous tip to a service worker, showing up to give someone with needs a helping hand, spending time with a lonely, elderly person, writing a letter of commendation to an unsuspecting employee. Choose an example or make up one of your own to encourage someone. Could you bring happiness to someone tomorrow? Watch out you may get sprinkled!