Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Happiness is a by product of an effort to make someone else happy.
— Gretta Brooker Palmer
Self-centeredness aggravates the natural flow of circumstances surrounding us; too much attention on ourselves distorts whatever might be troubling us. However, focusing on others’ needs diminishes what we’d perceived as our own pressing need. This is a simple principle we might all consider adopting.
None of us is free of problems. That’s one of life’s givens. Through their resolution we grow and ready ourselves for the next group of challenges. Each group we survive enables us to offer better assistance to someone else who will confront a similar problem. Perhaps we’d do well to see all our problems as preparation for guiding someone who will come into our life. Helping someone else is certain to lift spirits and foster happiness, but the unexpected reward is that the helper reaps even greater benefits than the one helped.
My happiness is guaranteed if I help someone else find it today.
You are reading from the book:
The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg. © 1983, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation