Happiness is a by Product of an Effort to Make Someone Else Happy

Need a reason to smile today? Then give someone else a reason to smile, and it will come right back to you. Even as Jesus said in the Bible, it is by giving that you will receive.

“Happiness is a by product of an effort to make someone else happy.” –¬†Gretta Brooker Palmer, American Journalist

Everyone seeks happiness, however, many go through life being unhappy, discontent and even miserable. That’s because we have been trained by the world we live in to believe that happiness is based upon what we can get. And life oftentimes doesn’t deliver, and so our pursuit goes unfulfilled. But isn’t it our God-given right as Americans to pursue happiness? Well, yes, but it is not our right to acquire happiness regardless of how we pursue it. Selfish pursuit will not deliver.

The Bible tells us: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” – Luke 6:38 KJV

So, if we want to obtain happiness, then we should be in the business of giving away happiness. Or in other words, if our desire is to bring happiness to those around us, then we will in turn become happy. And that makes today’s quote about happiness true: if we make the effort to make someone else happy, we will find happiness as a by product.

Have any of you tried this? Can you share your story of how you found happiness by making someone else happy?

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Happiness is a by Product of an Effort to Make Someone Else Happy — 2 Comments

  1. Hi. This is a topic I try to continually live by. I believe that God is pleased when we show kindness towards others. Other people call it Karma. What goes around comes around. I find a kind word and a smile goes a long way. I also find that there is always an oposition. People who carry an ugly spirit gets jealous of those that try to carry a Godly spirit. It can be difficult at times. But I believe, no I know, that God is in control and that He is pleased when we are good to one another and the He sees what is ahead and the He will bless us. Does anyone agree with me? Any thoughts?

  2. Yes Lilly I agree. There’s a lot in the Bible about this, like “cast your bread upon the waters…”. We get what we give. And yes, if what we give is from God, there will always be opposition from an unbelieving world.

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