“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson …
Have you ever had someone make your day suddenly brighter with a smile, friendly gesture, or a kind word, and wonder as to the source of his or her kindness and happiness? Most likely, it was a direct result of the happiness and kindness they are pouring forth into this world, for as Ralph puts it, “in doing so… we cannot help but get a few drops on ourselves.”
Sure, we can simply go through life putting our needs first and foremost, telling ourselves that the things we say to others and the things we do for others have very little effect in their lives. But that is simply not true… and telling myself that would be lying to myself every day of my life. The truth will always remain that the good we do for others, comes back to us. And the beauty we add to life, becomes the beauty of the world around us that we see each day.
Be a beacon of happiness and joy for the world. Spread love and brightness to those in need. Help others to feel cared for and necessary in a world that all too often finds satisfaction in tearing us down. You essentially become the perfume you put on each morning.
Share your happiness, love, and concern with your fellow man today and allow their happiness to positively affect your heart and soul.
Questions to consider:
How do you feel when someone shares their sincere happiness with you? How do you think they feel?
What things keep you from spreading the positive aspects of yourself with others?
What are some ways you can spread authentic happiness to others today?
For further thought:
“Have you ever had your day suddenly turn sunshiny because of a cheerful word? Have you ever wondered if this could be the same world, because someone had been unexpectedly kind to you? You can make today the same for somebody. It is only a question of a little imagination, a little time and trouble. Think now, “What can I do today to make someone happy?” ~ Maltbie D. Babcock