If you want to be happy for a hour:
GO WATCH TV.
If you want to be happy for a day:
GO TO AN AMUSEMENT PARK.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime:
GO OUT AND HELP OTHERS.
Saw this quote on a poster and it made me realize that undoubtedly so I want to be happy for a lifetime. I want more out of life than an hour of laughs that I could get from watching a sitcom on TV. Furthermore, I want happiness to last longer than a fun filled day at an amusement park with family and friends.
You only have one life to live, why not make it a happy one!
Studies show that when we help others, we actually end up helping ourselves in the process. So, lets GO OUT AND HELP OTHERS.
The ideas that follow are by no means in any form whatsoever of being from a scientific study, but simply little concrete ways to become happier by helping others.
For instance, going shopping; yes shopping can bring about happiness, lifetime happiness when we get involved with certain projects geared towards helping others. Clothe-a-Child is one example. You can donate money to the cause, or donate time by taking a child out on a shopping spree. Even buying yourself a new pair of running shoes can bring on earned happiness by afterwards donating your gently worn pair to projects like Donate Your Soles, or many other charities available that help provide shoes to people who may have never had the opportunity to slide their feet into a pair of footwear.
Then there is recycling, yes throwing your milk carton in the recycle bin can bring you happiness when you think about the consequences. Also, by reusing paper you save trees. In your own little ways you are helping save our planet for future generations, possibly future generations from your own bloodline. (Visualize cute little kids swinging on recycled swings with not a care in the world.) Who knew such happiness could result from causing trash to travel through a cycle once again.
Laughing, yes laughing, which is highly contagious renders happiness (this is taken from several scientific studies.) I’m not joking; laughing makes people feel good, it burns calories, eases stress, and puts everyone in a better mood, such as a happy mood.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “it’s better to give than to receive.” I’ve heard many people say they get much happiness from volunteering. Whether you donate your time, expertise, blood, or prayers for strictly the benefit of others, you get the satisfaction of helping humankind. You have the power to bring hope to a hopeless situation. How can you not feel happy about that?
Want to be happy for a lifetime? GO OUT AND HELP OTHERS.
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” (John Bunyan)