Living in service is one of the best ways to achieve happiness. However, without balance, it can spiral out of control and leave you feeling stretched thin and burnt out. As you give your love, service and respect to the people and projects around you, remember that you need love, service and respect too.
Nothing will bring you a greater sense of purpose, joy and soul-satisfaction than a life lived for others. However, if you’re too tired and tapped out to enjoy the fruits of your efforts, soon you’ll have little left to give.
Here are 3 simple tricks to help you stay happy in your pursuit of happiness.
1. Tend To Yourself First This may sound counter-intuitive, but take care of yourself before you tend to others. Make rest, exercise, meditation and good nutrition top priorities. You can’t really help anyone else if you’re not feeling strong yourself. Nourish yourself so that you have the strength to serve others.
2. Teach Others To Fish… You can’t do everything yourself, so stop trying. The best way to help someone else is to show them how to do things for themselves. Rather than taking on their burden, empower them to handle it with clear instruction and belief in their abilities.
3. Watch Out for the “Yes” Trap Now that your needs are met, you can spread your love and help others in need…but be very selective of the challenges you accept. If you try to help everyone, you’ll soon find yourself stressed out and burned out. One project at a time…
Your generosity is a window to the world, letting the beauty from within shine out for others. Don’t let everyone’s troubles smudge up your window. Take care of yourself and you can shine the light of happiness for years to come.