When you can’t put a price on happiness 

When you can’t put a price on happiness 

I did something nice today. It’s not that I’m a grumpy person who takes pleasure in being rude, it’s just today, I did something kind. And it felt good, really good.

I’m heading full on into the Christmas holidays, spending money on things for my kids knowing  some will be opened and played with/worn/appreciated for a time scale much shorter than the months my husband and I have saved the money to pay for it. A momentary happy moment, purchased, today this one-act of kindness put everything else into perspective.

And while on the surface, the cost of the object of my kindness seemed quite modest, the result will be priceless. It’s true that happiness can be bought, to a degree, but it’s usually short-lived. I hope that what I did should result in 2 very happy people,for the rest of their lives.

And that feels good!

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Sometimes it’s the simple, momentary gestures which mean so much. The offer of help, compliments or kind words, a simple smile even. It makes you feel good and that good feeling passes on, it’s contagious! Imagine how far your gesture could travel as you spread happiness and kindness, the butterfly effect.

So why am I telling you this? To be honest, I very nearly didn’t, I’m not I looking for praise, that’s not the reward here. The feel good factor is more than enough. I just wanted to take a moment to share my epiphany, my moment, which, during the season of goodwill, seems so fitting.

It’s the perfect time to remember that sometimes happiness can’t be carried out in a plastic bag, or created through the press of a keyboard button, typing in your credit card details for the umpteenth time.

Sometimes, just a gesture of kindness, a selfless act can make the whole day a game changer, lift the mood and raise the spirit.

And believe me, it’ll make YOU feel good too.

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. Leila ( A Polyglot Mum)
    14th December 2015 / 9:58 am

    Lovely, I totally agree!!

  2. riddhi
    14th December 2015 / 11:50 am

    Such a lovely holiday spirit, even I feel that when we share happiness and smiles, it multiplies!
    #sharethejoy

  3. 14th December 2015 / 1:48 pm

    You are so right about this – the pleasure we can get from the small things is wonderful and very important as well #sharethejoylinky

    • 14th December 2015 / 10:19 pm

      It’s nice to be reminded sometimes isn’t it, I get carried away with wants & needs and forget the simple things.

  4. 14th December 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Oh it is a lovely feeling when you do something good for another, just because it will make their life better or easier or happier. You are right that it creates a good feeling for you, sometimes we consciously or unconsciously seek that but I know from my own experience that often its not the reason that you do whatever it is in the first place, which I think can serve to make it feel even more rewarding. I know you said you nearly didn’t share and I can see why, but I have to say that we can quite often need reminding that kindnesses are important especially in this time when commercialisation of Christmas can take over. #sharethjoylinky

    • 16th December 2015 / 8:52 pm

      I glad you got my message across, I wasn’t looking for a pat on the back, I just wanted to shout out just a little reminder that sometimes you can get more satisfaction from doing something good.

  5. 15th December 2015 / 6:25 am

    Yes yes yes! Love everything about this and good for you for sharing the true spirit of Christmas in such a simple but special way. Love the poem too – I often smile at other drivers when I let them past (we have a lot of narrow lanes near The Essex Barn) and if they smile back it really makes my day! Thanks so much for linking up at #sharethejoy with such a happy post and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours xx

  6. 15th December 2015 / 6:29 am

    Yes yes yes! I love this so much and well done you for sharing the true spirit of Christmas in such a simple but perfect way. Love the poem too – I often smile at drivers as I let them past (we have a lot of narrow lanes near The Essex Barn) and if they smile back it really makes my day! Thank you for sharing this happy post at #sharethejoy and wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! x

    • 16th December 2015 / 8:49 pm

      Your most welcome, I’m a mostly smilie driver too due to narrow country lanes !

  7. 15th December 2015 / 10:24 am

    Lovely post. You’re right, it’s the little things that make the most difference. Here’s a 🙂 for you in return for yours. Merry Christmas!

  8. 16th December 2015 / 8:56 pm

    A beautiful post hun that is very fitting this time of year. I love that poem, it’s so true, a smile is very infectious. 🙂

    • 17th December 2015 / 4:16 am

      Thanks Morgan, I still remember the first time I read that poem (about 25 years ago!) I still love it

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