Or me. No amount of acquisitions or exercise or “self-improvement” will make any of us happy. In fact, numerous studies indicate that a lifestyle of service to others results in greater health, improved immunity to cancer, and less heart disease and depression. If you make your teens volunteer, even if they do it with a bad attitude, they are less likely to get involved with drugs and have fewer unplanned pregnancies.
With apologies (and many thanks) to Jonathan Love, from whom this message originated (and will posted online soon), we can serve and volunteer our way to happiness.
Here are some other quotables from Jonathan:
- One of the best ways to fill yourself up is to pour yourself out.
- If you want to be happy, you’ve got to find a way to give your life away.
- Selfishness is natural, but it’s not the way we were truly designed to be.
- The value of a life is always measured by how much of it was given away.
Think about my funeral service. I don’t want a eulogy that praises how many laps I’ve swum, how many times I entertained myself with fairy strands and computer games, or how much I struggled to please myself and others. I want to be remembered for teaching, caring, and protecting. For speaking up for the voiceless. For giving my life to those in need.
What about you?