Happiness Challenge

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Yesterday was the “International Day of Happiness” across the world.

From the time I was a kid, I’ve always believed that the best way to find happiness was to make someone else happy. And so I challenged myself to make someone else happy and see how that went. Here are a couple of the things that I did yesterday to spread happiness:

#1 = I paid for an old lady’s shopping as I was leaving the grocery store. I had some bonus in my shopping card and figured that she’d use it more. The look on her face when the cashier told her that her bill was already paid was priceless.

#2 = I sent a short email of appreciation to someone who I hand’t talked to in a while, but who I admired for what they were doing. They wrote me back after a couple of hours saying that they were having a rough day but my note made it a better one for them.

#3 = I spent an hour playing cards with my grandmother in the evening. She was thankful for the time and we both had fun together.

As you can see, I didn’t really do much, but what I did made three people’s days better. And in return, my day was made happier as well.

Random acts of kindness don’t need to take long, be expensive, or require a lot of prep. All it takes is a couple of minutes to make someone’s life happier. Trust me, your life will be happier in return!

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Why Waste Your Time?

“All Blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame them, it will not change you. The only thing that blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness and frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer

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Someone gave me an early birthday present…and it made my day! :-)

The sweetest thing happened to me yesterday! I got back home from a long day and I found this heart-touching early-birthday-gift waiting on my desk. It totally made my day. One of the best gifts I have ever received!

To the wonderful person who gave me this (you know who you are), I thank you from the bottom of my heart! May I always aspire to live up to this. 🙂

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