How do we share happiness?
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. - Buddha...
How do we share happiness? I think the first step is to define what happiness is and that is not easy and one that society and individuals have been wrestling with for, I suspect, thousands of years. Some ideas that have, over the years, shaped my thinking on this topic follow.
First, have the attitude that the glass half full rather than a glass half empty as you explore the day to day activities of life
Second, trust that people have good intentions, sometimes people are not great in their delivery of those intentions, but believe and trust that people are good, most of the time.
Third, when you have to make a decision, make your list of pros and con's; talk to people; weigh the evidence, and whatever else you have to do to satisfy yourself that you have all of the information needed to make a decision. After you have done all of that, trust your gut or your instincts. 9.5 times out of 10 you will be right when you trust your instincts.
Fourth, build close personal relationships that are meaningful to you and try to stay connected to those people
Fifth, put on a happy face, smile or force a smile when you dealing with people that you are having difficulties with, and remember that people are good most of the time and everyone is just trying to get by
Sixth, learn to listen to the voice in your head that says the good things about you and life--this voice is hard to hear sometimes because it is being drowned out, at times, by all of the other voices telling us how wrong, lazy or bad we are.
Seventh, be content with who you are in the moment but have the courage to dream about what you soon will be
Eighth, hold the assumption that the world is yours for the asking