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There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the same thing: Happiness is found in helping others.

Trust you have a lot to offer to the world. Everyone is creative and has their own unique set of gifts to improve the lives of those around them. 

There are so many ways to help, from donating money or things you no longer use to volunteering at your favorite organization. Even smiling and being friendly to strangers or exchanging words of advice with friends can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Every day is a chance to contribute to the world in a positive way.

Sometimes, we don’t even know where to start… Sometimes we think we are not doing enough. But nothing beats being kind, compassionate and helpful to those around us. 

The best part is that kindness is contagious. When we see someone else help another person, it gives us a good feeling, which in turn causes us to go out and do something charitable ourselves.

Written by Monica Kerik