Happiness: Give a little. Live a little more.

I have this phrase that captures how I feel about our lives – it is how I want to live my life:

Give a little. Live a little more.

For me it means that when I can give to someone else or my community, I am living a little bit more of my life. It makes me happy. It doesn’t matter if what you give is time, effort, attention, resources, connections, or your insight. All of it matters. All of it has value. All of these gifts can have an impact on another person. How they choose to react to your gift could start a ripple effect of giving.

This morning I came across this compilation video of TEDx speakers’ comments about happiness and I wanted to share (and not lose) it. I think it’s the perfect way to start a weekend!

The Secret of Happiness from Maria Popova on Vimeo.

Oh! And don’t forget to not only give you the people in your life and your community – but give to yourself too.

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