A certain rich young lady went to a counsellor and told her, “I am seeking for happiness. My life is empty and it has no meaning. “
The counselor then called Mary; the old lady who cleaned the office floors.
The counsellor then said to the rich lady “I'm going to ask Mary to tell you how she found happiness. All I simply want you to do is listen to her.”
So the old lady put down her broom and sat on a chair with smiles and then told her story:
“Well, my husband died of severe malaria and three months later, my only son was killed in a car accident.
I had nobody, I had no one to turn to.
I had nothing left.
I couldn't sleep neither could I eat.
I never smiled at anyone and at some point, I thought of taking my own life.
Then one evening, a little kitten followed me home from work.
Somehow I felt sorry for that little kitten.
It was cold outside, so I decided to let the kitten in to my apartment.
I got some milk, and the kitten licked the plate completely clean.
Then it purred and rubbed against my leg and, for the first time in many months, I smiled.
Then, like a sudden electric shock, this thought hit me.
If helping a little kitten could make me smile, may be if I did something good for people, it could make me happy as well.
So, the next day I baked some biscuits and took them to a neighbour who was sick in bed.
Every day I tried to do something nice for someone.
It made me so happy seeing others happy because of what I did.
Today, I don't know of anybody who sleeps and eats better than I do.
I've found happiness, by giving it to others.”
When the rich lady heard this, she cried. She had everything that money could buy, but she had lost the things which money cannot buy.
“The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are; but on how happy others can be because of you…”
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Do have a great new week.
Joseph “Making Others Happy” Philip
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