What we do to another, we do to ourselves. Have you heard that being said? That means if we treat people badly, we are also mistreating ourselves. But, the opposite is also true. When we make people feel good, happy, loved, cherished, uplifted and when we help others, we are also helping ourselves. We feel love when we love others too.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu (South African Nobel Laureate) says … “They know that they are diminished when others are humiliated, diminished when others are oppressed, diminished when others are treated as if they were less than who they are.”
People don’t really remember us for what we say, but more for how we make them feel. So the next time you are feeling unhappy, try making someone else feel happy instead of seeking the happiness for yourself. Inadvertently, by giving it, you will also receive it.
I heard an interview with Rhonda Burne (creator and producer of the hit movie ‘The Secret’) where she said that when she was feeling poor she gave someone else money. It was wonderful how rich it made her feel to be able to give money away. I’ve also done the same thing at various stages of my life … it usually makes me feel liberated … liberated from financial stress and worry.
I wonder how you feel when you give something away …?