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Be of Service to Be Happy
By Ron Hammond
The fast paced world that we’re living in today isn’t showing signs of slowing down. The growing demands that come from having a family and a career can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety, which can cause unhappiness in life. If this sounds familiar to you, there is a solution to this challenge that doesn’t have to take much of your time.
How do you do it?
You do this by engaging in acts of service to other people. When you give of yourself, you elevate your happiness while simultaneously increasing the happiness of the receiver of your efforts.
The act of service that you choose to engage in doesn’t have to take a lot of your precious free time, be grandiose in nature or have a lot of fanfare attached to it in order to be effective. For example, by mindfully making the time to be present for a friend when they need a compassionate ear, acknowledging someone when you pass them on a sidewalk, preparing a meal to share with friends or family or volunteering your time, you are engaging with meaningful and effective ways to be of service that benefits your overall happiness and makes someone else’s life a little easier. When you raise your act of service game, you are guaranteed to increase the happiness and overall satisfaction that you experience in your day to day life.
Why you should do it
You are connected with every person on the planet, and the way that you show up for and engage with others has a ripple effect that can uplift every one of us.
When you are in service to others, the endorphins generated in your brain that make you feel good have a positive effect on how you interact with everyone that you come in contact with, which then positively affects everyone that they then come in contact with, and so on and so on. That’s how powerful you really are!
Your acts of service toward others also increases the level of gratitude that you experience for everything that comes into your life, to include both the good and the bad. Your perspective changes in a way that brings gratitude front and center in your thinking, which then brings you more things to be grateful for. Your happiness can’t help but follow along.
Find an approach to service towards others that fits you. You may discover a new purpose for your life or develop new and meaningful connections with people who are in congruence with your new way of thinking. Your happiness will surely follow whatever you choose to do!
Ron Hammond is the Author of the book Live Your Humanity. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado.