By David Joel Miller.
Could you spare a cup of happiness?
Just when you thought the holidays were over and you had seen an end to charity requests, here comes another one.
Wait – don’t go. This one will not cost you a dime.
That’s right, don’t want your money, not now anyway. Latter when or if my book comes out you can buy one if you are so inclined. But for now I am asking –
“Do you have any happiness that you can spare?”
Here is the thing we learn about happiness, when you share it you do not have less. Every time you share your happiness with others there is more until there is more than enough to go around.
So if you can spare a little happiness and send it to me, then I promise to pass it on.
Now you can’t wrap it up and ship it. True happiness is not a thing you can put in a box, it is a feeling. So while you can’t ship happiness to me, you might be able to tell me about it in an email, and then I will be able to share that happiness with you. Then I can pass it on to others.
Now some people mistake things for happiness. They will tell us that they are happy that they got a new car. Sometimes they mistake happiness for having something that is better than what others have.
Please don’t share that “I am happy because I have more than you” with me. Eventually someone else will come along and have more than you and then all of us will be unhappy.
What I especially am hoping for during this “Happiness Drive,” are the people who can share with me that one thing that someone said or did for them this year that made them truly happy.
So this might be a kind word, or a sunset you shared with a friend. It may be a goal accomplished in your life or a problem solved. For many of you it will be a new person in your life, a child, grandchild or friend.
You may have a picture, which is fine if you want to share. Please keep them small if you can. Not sure how much space we have in this old soapbox. But mostly I would like to hear from you, what made you happy in this last year and how might others be able to share that happiness with you.
As we walk through this year we want to look a lot more at happiness, what it is, how you get some and how you keep it. It will help us in this task if we know what happiness looks like. That is where those of you who chose to share a little of your happiness come in. By letting us see how happiness has affected you in your life maybe we can increase it in our lives.
Any contributions of happiness will be appreciated.
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- Discovering Happiness (counselorssoapbox.com)