Every day, Roosevelt Harris makes his rounds. He starts early in the morning, heading down to the church to organize boxes of food. Bananas, bread, coffee and other staples of life. Nothing too expensive…after all, he’s got a lot of families to reach.
Roosevelt retired a few years ago and this is the only “job” he has these days, but he doesn’t receive a dime for it. Coming home after the sun has gone down, knees creaky and back aching, he sometimes wonders if he can ever do enough. The mothers that receive the food-laden boxes from his weathered hands show nothing but gratitude, their faces contorting as they try not to cry. Roosevelt goes out 6 days a week, saving Sundays for church and rest. He says there is nothing he would rather do.
Roosevelt Harris has found one of the most potent secrets to happiness.
He gives his time. He lives in service. Anyone can give money, but those who make time to serve their communities often find a deep well of satisfaction and joy that is unmatched by any other endeavor. There’s a reason people spend weekends, months and even years volunteering for the Red Cross, homeless shelters, or neighborhood initiatives. It’s not entirely selfless…being in service feels great.
Giving your time is not a new happiness secret, but it’s one you may not have tried yet. Many people live up to their greatest potential by serving others, without ever gaining any money or widespread recognition. Their simple reward is a fulfilling life of true happiness.