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Lighting Up the World: Giving Light Increases Your Own Happiness

After Years Of Unhappiness Until I Discovered This Shockingly Simple Way to Achieve Lasting Joy 

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” – James M. Barrie 

Lighting Up the World Through Helping Others Volunteering and Making Connections

Happiness, Helping Others 

I’ve always been a pretty happy and optimistic person. Even as a kid, I tended to look on the bright side of things and not let setbacks get me down too much. As I grew older, I realized that real, lasting happiness doesn’t come easily. It takes effort to maintain a positive mindset when life gets difficult. 

lighting up the world through helping others volunteering and making connections
Lighting Up the World Through Helping Others Volunteering and Making Connections

I’ve Been Searching

That’s why I started searching for ways to create more meaning and joy in my daily life. I tried all sorts of things – changing my routine, taking up new hobbies, and going on more adventurous vacations. Some of those things helped for a while, but the effects never stuck. 

Discovering the Power of Contribution: Volunteering, Community Service 

Help My Community

Then, I began volunteering at a local food bank a few years ago. I’d never done much community service before, so I really didn’t know what to expect. What surprised me was that helping others in need and seeing their gratitude gave me a sense of purpose and uplifting spirit that I hadn’t felt in a long time. I looked forward to my volunteer shifts, and the positive energy stayed with me long after I left. 

Reach out and Touch

I started seeking out more ways to give back – tutoring struggling students, visiting elderly people who didn’t get many visitors, and helping organize donation drives. With each act of service, my happiness grew. I felt myself becoming more patient, generous, and filled with quiet contentment. 

Spreading Positivity Boosts Your Own Happiness:  Mental Health, Well-being 

You Are My Sunshine

Then I came across this quote: “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” That perfectly summed up what I was experiencing. In my quest to lift up people around me, I was lifting my own spirit even more. 

Research-Backed Positive People Approved

Greater Good Science Center: “Insights from the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley highlight the profound impact of altruism and community service on personal happiness. Their research delves into how helping others can significantly boost our own mental well-being”​​.

American Heart Association: “According to the American Heart Association, acts of kindness not only enrich our emotional health but may also have tangible benefits for our physical health. Their research suggests a link between altruism and improved heart health, underscoring the holistic benefits of helping others”.

Spread a Little Love

Now, contributing to others in need is a non-negotiable part of my life. I volunteer multiple times per week, donate to causes I believe in, and always try to spread more kindness however I can. My social circles have grown, my anxiety has shrunk, and I can honestly say I’m happier than ever. 

Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows

So, if you’re searching for more meaning, I recommend getting involved in your community. Volunteer, join a club, help a neighbor – get connected. You will start bringing more “sunshine” to those around you and add some sunshine to your own days, too. That’s something that no amount of money can buy. 

My Wish For You

I hope that you find yourself volunteering to help others, even if it is just taking the time to talk to an elderly neighbor and build your friendships. It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness and stress of everyday life. Between work, family obligations, and the constant barrage of negative news, it can be draining just to get through the day. But there is a simple way to lift your spirits even in the most difficult of times – spread more kindness and positivity.

Can you do this?  I know you can…