Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Happiness Never Decreases By Being Shared

My niece and nephew, who REALLY know how to make a person feel looooooved... 

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- Lord Buddha

Have you shared your happiness today? Have you let the joy in your heart reach out and put a smile on someone's face? It's so easy with a gesture or a word to change the energy in a room, to change the direction of someone's day. Energy and enthusiasm are even more contagious then lethargy and apathy. Every time we use our own positive energy to influence the life of just one person, for just one moment, we bring a little bit of light and healing into the world. Imagine if we all did this all the time! Our planet would shine like a star.
Even  when we don't feel too bright and shiny we can do this by "practicing the opposite." In yoga it's sometimes referred to as "bhavana" or cultivation of a certain state of mind. In the Western vernacular sometimes we call it "fake it 'till you make it." If you feel sad or out of sorts, don't deny your feelings, but put a little energy (or a lot!) into practicing the opposite and you will feel a shift inside. Share this will another person and your happiness will increase and increase and...


AllAboutGratitude said...

Wonderful! This is one of my favorite quotes! Just like Gratitude, Love, and Joy, Happiness is never gets reduced - if anything, it gets created the more it is shared!

Be Well.

Jennifer Hawkins Hock said...

What wonderful thoughts - thank you for sharing them. You were so pleasant on the phone when I called about coming out of town for a drop-in visit. I appreciate you sharing your kind energy. Jennifer

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Anonymous said...

Your blog is amazing, thank you for the powerful words. I just started following you and sure glad I am.

Mandylu said...

I am new to the blogging world and looked up blogs that shared my intention of gratitude. So happy I found yours. I am posting at

Thank you for sharing your light.

Peace & Love,


John Chappelear said...

I really appreciate your perspective.
Great thought!

John Chappelear

lonelystar said...

Amazing and very inspiring.
Thank you very much!

Colleen Friesen said...

Fake it, 'til you make it, is SO true. Our bodies don't know the difference and by smiling with our whole selves, we flood our cells with wonderful positive energy and endorphins.
And soon enough, it's no longer 'fake'. It's all true.
When we feel good physically, our minds follow suit.
There is no real separation between the body and the mind.

GratitudeDana said...

Happy to have stumble on your blog in my search for gratitude pages on the web - love your energy!

Here is my gratitude page, http://www.gratitudeandsoulshine.com

Thank you,


nowy said...

I love this! I am practicing daily gratitude in my daily life right now. and am amazed by the results it has had!

Jared said...

This is my goal tomorrow - share some of my joy with another person.

Thank you for the touching words. I am inspired.

Smiles abound,


Gratitude Journal said...

This is amazing and really inspiring!! Nice Post.
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