Happiness is defined as a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Various research groups throughout the years try to answer questions about what “happiness” is and how it might be attained. Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion.
I tend to agree with the philosophers. To me, happiness is not a single emotion that can easily be defined. It is part of the art of living life, of taking your individual journey. My happiness is not your happiness. But this doesn’t mean that I can’t genuinely try to help others achieve some level of happiness while possibly contributing to my own in various ways.
This is why I started Poppy Soap Co. Not only does the act of creating make me genuinely happy, but creating something so nourishing for others soothes my soul. But most importantly, being able to give back through my Bar for Bar program – THAT makes me happy!
You don’t have to be a soap maker to make yourself happy, or others for that matter. There are lots of small things you can do to bring bliss to your life and to add some to the lives of others. In the spirit of my month of happiness, I thought that I would share 10 Simple Ways To Bring Happiness To The Lives Of Others. If you get stuck on ideas, print this list and see if you can pick a couple of things to do. I promise – sharing a slice of you makes an impact on others.
- Offer a smile to everyone you see. You never know who needs one.
- Make first aid kits for women and children in shelters.
- Adopt a “grandfriend” and make regularly scheduled visits just to offer company.
- Clip and collect coupons and give them at your local food pantry or homeless shelter.
- Offer to help an overwhelmed mother get her groceries in the car.
- During bad weather, visit seniors to make sure they have everything they need.
- Alter and repair clothes for the needy.
- Create a space in your garden specifically for growing produce to donate to a food bank or others in need.
- Hold open a door for someone, even if that person is still some distance away.
- Compliment a stranger and mean it.