Happiness is very subjective and we are all pursuing the feeling. But when we catch it we want to share (an important clue to having success in finding it); we want to spread happiness in our own little ways.
When we were young, a lot of us wanted to do something to change the world. End hunger, eradicate poverty, and help bring about world peace. However, as we grew older we became a bit more jaded; believing that no one person could change the world. But Lao Tzu one of the most important Spiritual Sages said:
“If there is to be peace in the world,
there must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
there must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
there must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
there must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
there must be peace in the heart.” – Lao Tzu
Now substitute the word “happiness” for peace and you have the answer to your dilemma of how to go about changing the world.
The question becomes simpler, instead of asking “how do I change the world,” you need only ask, “How to I find happiness in my heart?” I have a simple answer that works for me, start small, a philosophy that I’ve use to help me meet the goals and challenges I’ve encountered.
If you really put your heart in it the ideas will really begin to flow, for example you can start right at home, just do something unexpected, and bring home a funny card or a flower for no reason.
Kristi Kivi Frimpong shares a few ideas for spreading happiness, here are a few…
1. Be kind toward yourself.
You know how on airplanes they advise that in case of a possible accident, parents should put on their oxygen masks before they help their kids? The same thing applies here.
Be kind toward yourself. Really. You can’t give what you don’t have, right? So go ahead and do the things you love—dance, sing, or paint all you want. Just enjoy. Then go and spread some happiness around you.
This is the best method ever to make your own day and spread happiness around to others. Don’t wait to be happy; think of something good in your life, smile, and see what happens.
Surprise the people you love with flowers, small presents, kind words, help, a hug, or a genuine compliment.
4. Be a hero.
Notice and help someone around you, a perfect stranger.
I’ve just witnessed a hero in action. This homeless-looking guy came to a café and wanted to buy coffee. All guests and servers looked at him like he didn’t belong there. As he counted his coins, he quickly realized that he was short of money.
Before I could say anything, this young guy walked up and paid what the man was missing. He sat down and enjoyed his coffee. That’s an act of everyday Superman to me, no? Continue reading here…
An act of kindness, a moment of shared joy, that’s all it takes to spread happiness. When you are happy you will radiate a sense of fulfillment creating a glow that others can bask in.
Yes, the answer to the question, “how do you spread happiness” is simple and it doesn’t require a giant effort. All that’s needed is awaken it in your own heart and share. And, of course, the more you share the more you receive.
I really enjoyed sharing Kristi’s ideas, but I know there are other wonderful and creative ways to spread happiness, so now it’s your turn to spread the joy and help others. Please share your best ideas for spreading happiness below.