“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have been a great fan of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quotes and this is one of my most-liked lines.
Few days ago, we were at an NGO, it was the time for evening snacks and we were eating the cake which was distributed equally among all. A small boy, after finishing his piece of cake tried taking a little from the girl beside him. The girl was reluctant and went away but after sometime I saw the same girl coming towards him offering her share. It took me by surprise and I asked the girl “You don’t have a cake now, are you not sad?” The girl replied “He is happy” and I asked “You?” and she said “Of course I am happy” I couldn’t say anything further; the girl reminded me how beautiful it feels to make others happy.
Thinking about the incident I asked myself “What’s happiness?” A beautiful phenomenon of keeping yourself in an exciting mood, celebrating the life you live, for the person you are and for the beauty world offers you. A feeling which says, there are plenty of things to upset you but you prefer to live the moment. I asked the next question, “What should I do to be happy?” The answers linked with other people. People who comfort you, who rejuvenate your spirits, the ones who make you feel happy. And when I asked “How can I make someone make me feel happy?” The answer was right there “Make them happy”.
Happiness is reciprocal. You make someone happy and you are happy, either by them or by the act of making them happy. It may be a little out of comfort to make others happy at times. But more often the effort, money, time and the energy spent will always be rewarded with much more happiness than expected. And who doesn’t like such rewards?