February 7, 2009 6:46pm CST
One of the greatest pleasures we can experience is that of making others happy through our actions and choices. When we make an effort to spread good cheer in the different areas of our lives, we not only feel cheerful ourselves, but also foster an atmosphere of goodwill in which delight and enthusiasm can blossom. As a result, our spirits are uplifted by the positive attitudes of the individuals around us and our good cheer, in turn, ensures that their joy remains constant. This cycle of happiness is fostered each time we choose to allow others to see our lightheartedness. From it, they correctly infer that the world is full of individuals who are not only compassionate and kind, but also outgoing and friendly. When we amuse others we unwittingly become the focal point of a spreading ripple of joy. Who has experienced this?
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8 Feb 09
This is a great example of the "what goes around comes around" philosophy. Whether we offer words of encouragement, a smile, an out stretched hand, a thoughtful note of appreciation or simply generating peace, love and harmony from within I know it comes back in ways that add to the quality of our own lives. As I healed my own life and became less preoccupied with personal "issues" I was able to really focus on giving back to others in unconditional ways. The truly amazing part of it for me is that no matter how much love and light I give away...it always feels as though I receive way more in return. My views about life is that there is a spiritual interconnectedness everywhere and when we spread joy, laughter, compassion...we also inspire hope. There is a ripple effect that is felt...but not always seen and I have experienced it and know it is there. In my view when we are conduits of unconditional love there is no ceiling to how good life can be. Works for me! Raia
8 Feb 09
Hi Raia, Thank you and I agree with your response. Whether we call it karma, or "what goes around comes around", it works the same way. It is the same philosophy that Buddha talked about and that Jesus taught in the sermon on the mount. We cannot bring happiness to another without being doubly blessed ourselves. Blessings.
10 Feb 09
When I was a youth I tried to do a voluntary work with mentally disabled people. It consisted of a Saturday morning helping the carers, feeding those people with special need that could not take care of themselves. I could see their smiles at seeing someone who was there giving them some attention. I think I got much more in return since I always left the place being cheerful and happy and feeling useful to this world.
9 Feb 09
Hi Pose123! I do agree with you completely and I felt so much joy when I give joy. I have chosen to carry a heart with love and smiles. There are times that there is sadness and pain in my heart and during these times, I pray that it will be lifted from me so I can always wake up each morning with a heart that can be shared with all the people I meet and love each day. It is difficult sometimes especially when I am in the middle of my own pain, but I appreciate such negative emotions since I know the importance of having joy in my heart and being able to share it with others as well. Take care and blessings to you dear friend! lovelots..faith
9 Feb 09
You are right, at this time of toughness, we need more than ever the sense of humor, which works wonders when well utilized and spread. It is nice of you to start the topic of Spreading Joy. I joined you earlier, as I started a discussion about jokes, with a starting statement, A joke a day makes the doctor away. We need to learn how to take winter for spring. It is something we will learn for the rest of life.
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9 Feb 09
On another site, my friend (real friends, not names on a screen) base is strangely large (15 or so)and loyal. When I asked them once why they said it was the smile I sent them. I had to sit back and think on it. I do wish them smiles in little notes and such but I didn't think that was what they meant. So I asked two very good and close friends. It seems that I CAUSE smiles. Not the "they laugh at you" kind, but when I share my bits and pieces, they find smiles. They also said that simply remembering them brings them simple joy. None of that was my goal but a definite plus.
9 Feb 09
Yes Pose I believe that happiness is like a boomerang,and the more we give on to others,the more it will reflect back to us....And sadly I think this world is badly in need of this ripple of joy to spread happiness ,compassion and kindness to others.Just a kind word to the person atnding in front of you in a queue,or a kind gesture to a person looking for a seat in a bus,can indeed do wonders for you .Its not a difficult thing,but most people just walk aroung with a glum face as though they had forgotten to smile a long time ago........A small gesture is all that is needed to start this ripple you are talking about,and it can spread like wild fire....