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Happiness = Helping Others

We usually think of happiness as doing stuff for ourselves.  We focus on helping "me" feel good and doing what will make "me" happy.  Forget about everyone else, and especially people we don't know.  

But Happiness researchers such as Sonja Lyubomirsky say that acts of helping and service to others are also things that can make us happy.  By doing stuff for others, we may start to appreciate our communities and neighbors more. We might realize there's more to it than just "me" and "my" selfish happiness.  And that brings a chance to remember how fortunate we are.  Ah, yes.  Fortunately, this can bring feelings of gratitude.  Gratitude brings happiness.  Happiness is helping others.

~NY Muse 

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