The Happiness Journey
It’s almost the weekend guys! Today is a bit of different post that has been ruminating in my brain for awhile now! I hope you like it, here goes!
In this day and age where short term happiness is usually derived from the amount in our bank accounts (guilty!) or the shopping spree package that finally arrived in the mail (very guilty!), there needs to be a bigger picture. Last month, I finally got a chance to read Allure’s Happiness Issue featuring Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of “Eat Pray Love”. Remember, that movie starring Julia Roberts traveling around the world in the search for happiness? (absolutely loved it!) I remember picking up the magazine and rolling my eyes, thinking not another person telling me how to be happy now! Then after reading the issue over and over again because that’s what I do, something kept sticking out to me. Be generous! Dr. Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University says being generous changes the way you think about yourself and the way others interact with you leading to longer-lasting happiness effects! WOAH! I know this is not a new concept, but I think I definitely had to be reminded of its impact.
With the way my bank account is set up, I cannot travel everywhere in the search of happiness This Christmas season and in the months to follow, I am adopting the action of generosity that I think Chick Fil A started where you pay for the person behind you when you’re at the drive thru! In my case, I will try my best to pay for the person behind me at any drive thru’s, whether I am grabbing that frappe at Starbucks or those sinfully delicious fries at Chick Fil A. I am going to try to do this at least 2 times a week. I did this once already and the joy that I felt was AWESOME! You should have seen the face of the drive thru staff, priceless! The best part is the joy I gave in such a little way to a stranger!
Family and friends who I love so much that read this blog, why am I telling you this? This holiday season where all we want to think about is our Christmas wish list, please remember to be generous and give back to your community. At church last week, $30,000 was given in $25 packets to each family to give to anyone they meet that they felt will benefit from it. I was STUNNED, I needed to write about this!
People, I need you to please hold me to this! If you feel inspired to join me on this long-lasting happiness journey, and while making someone else happy, please feel absolutely free to join me, do your own twist on it, and of course tell me about it!
If you made it to the end of this post, I love you!