In my last post, I talked about our potential to do harm even if we don’t intend to. That’s part of being human, but we can minimize our harm to others by being more mindful of our words and actions.
The daily news is filled with stories of the negative human potential – how we can harm one another through abuse, aggression and criminal actions.
But you and I have a greater potential, and that is our potential to help one another, to make a positive difference in someone else’s day and life, thereby increasing the happiness enjoyed by others and ourselves.
If we could match the needs of our neighbours with our own special abilities to help, imagine how much happier our world would be. There would be less suffering, and we would be living more purposeful and meaningful lives.
When we think about meaning and purpose, we usually think about our whole lives and our ultimate calling, but I believe there is a unique meaning and special purpose in each day. We just have to look for them.
Your happiness exercise for today: In your home, school, workplace or community, be an agent for positive change. Where you see a need that you can meet, take the initiative and make a difference.