Of course we cannot make someone else happy, that just is not possible unless that person wants to be happy, chooses to be, but we can make our own happy, allow the happy in, so to speak.
It’s such a simple thing to do and to share – and that’s the thing, if you want others to have a bit more happy. While you cannot force it upon them, you can throw it out to the world or to individuals, then what they do with it is up to them. Just give, though, and expect nothing in return, and do not be sad or disappointed if the intended recipient doesn’t feel happy – no point. Just enjoy the feeling of sharing happiness.
Today a spur of the moment present should arrive with my sister – in a passing comment over the weekend, as we were chatting on Skype (as we do a lot now and then) and helping each other through a strange weekend, I learned that she would like to play the ukulele. And I could do that (they are not expensive, thankfully 😉 ) so just did it – bought her a ukulele. What I did though, really, was something selfish – I made myself happy – I keep smiling at the thought which may of course grow if she then feels extra happiness for the gift and then from playing it through the years – now that would be awesome.
Just imagine how the world could be for small acts of happiness like this, or kindness or anything lovely.
It doesn’t have to be something to throw money at – not many of us can do that. Just a card, a message on Facebook, taking a photograph that you feel a friend might enjoy – simple stuff – attention. That’s what it boils down to, really. Your attention, that you have thought specifically about a person – that is priceless and most people will feel that and it can make them glad.
My kids often draw pictures for birthday cards and it seems they feel almost apologetic for not having gone out and bought one. Pah! Those small works of art (OK, I’m their mum!) are priceless and wonderful and worth far more than popping into the newsagent to buy something, I think.
Smiling at people – we all know that can make a person’s day. Just smile and feel what happens. You’d may as well – holding back your happy is pointless and doesn’t satisfy an unhappy person. Not everyone will feel the smile – we don’t know them or what is happening in their life – but sometimes, a smile or just seeing someone happy can share it – so just feel your happy and let it shine (not sorry for the evangelical feel of this post – suck it up and smile 🙂 )