7 Gifts that Multiply Happiness
by: Steve Brunkhorst
Did you know that there are gifts that will multiply your happiness when you
give them away? Here are seven of those gifts. Giving these gifts will allow you
to share with others your most unique treasure: your authentic self. Each gift
will return to you many times.
As you read about each of these gifts, think about ways that you could share
that gift with someone today.
1. Share appreciation
Tell someone how much you appreciate the faith they've shown in you. Thank
them sincerely for being part of your life. Tell them how much they are needed.
Feeling appreciated is one of the most important needs that people have. When
you share with someone your appreciation and gratitude, they will not forget
you. Appreciation will return to you many times.
2. Share time
Balance your time expenditures so you can spend time with the people that you
love. Support local organizations by sharing your special talents. Volunteer
time for projects that benefit others in your community, country, and world.
When we slow down and observe our thoughts closely, we will sometimes uncover
gifts and talents we didn't know we had. Sharing time and talents can result in
discoveries that bring happiness beyond measure.
3. Share knowledge and ideas
Tell someone about a great book that you read so they can benefit from it
too. Teach a new concept or idea that you've learned.
One of the best ways to strengthen new concepts in your mind is to share them
with others. The more often you share what you've learned, the stronger that
information will become in your memory. Sharing knowledge also provides
solutions to problems. The more knowledge we share, the more knowledge we
receive in return.
4. Share friendship
Acknowledge someone's strengths. Let them know that you are willing to be
there when they need you. Visit someone you haven't seen for a long time.
Telephone friends or relatives who live far away. Introduce two friends who
don't know each other.
Bringing one individual into another's life can result in tremendous changes
for both people, and for you. We succeed with the help of others. People grow by
growing together. If you'd like to have many friends, then share friendship with
5. Share kindness
Perform a random act of kindness for someone: a smile, compliment, or a favor
just for fun. These will multiply and spread very rapidly.
There is a powerful quote by Stephen Jay Gould who said, "The center of human
nature is rooted in ten thousand ordinary acts of kindness that define our
days." Kindness is priceless. The love, kindnesses, and value we have given
authentically to others will be our remaining treasures at the end of life.
6. Share experience
Keep written or photo journals of your life: things you've done, places
you've traveled, things you've learned. Record successes and failures. Share a
happy memory. Also share the difficult times that have helped you become
stronger and wiser. When shared, the value of these experiences multiplies.
Our unique experiences and perceptions of life are priceless. Sharing
experiences will build one of the strongest bonds with others. Our descendants
can learn and benefit from our lifetime experiences for generations to come.
7. Share enthusiasm
If you are excited about a new success, tell someone. If you're ecstatic
about a new project, show your glow. Your enthusiasm will inspire others to move
forward with actions that bring rewarding achievements.
Enthusiasm keeps us looking forward to the future. It brings many of those
exciting days that we can savor with gratitude. That kind of glowing excitement
for life is impossible to hide. It is contagious and will quickly spread to
Think about this statement by Norman MacEwan: "Happiness is not so much in
having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what
Sharing these gifts sends our thoughts on a far-reaching journey where they
will touch many lives, and reconnect with our own. Would you like to receive
these same life-enhancing gifts again and again? Begin multiplying your
happiness by sharing one of these special gifts with someone today!
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(C) Copyright 2004 by Steve Brunkhorst
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