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The Happiness Paradox


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Kim Potgieter

Kim Potgieter

January 21, 2015

Giving rather than receiving makes us richer

Arthur Ashe, champion tennis player, aptly captured the contradictory nature of pursuing life and happiness.  “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”

Giving rather than receiving makes us richer

Arthur Ashe, champion tennis player, aptly captured the contradictory nature
of pursuing life and happiness.  “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”

Over the past few months, I have applied in my home the philosophy that says: “If something I own no longer serves me, I will pass it on to someone for whom it will have value.”  This lesson I learnt from Kate Emmerson, Quick-Shift Deva, whose presentations I have attended and found tremendously challenging and liberating.

By passing on those items that no longer serve me, I have experienced more excitement and happiness, I think, than the recipient of those items.  I have been encouraged to look at so many material things in my possession with new eyes.

A final point I wish to leave with you … I often think we want to contribute, but are so paralysed by seeing the project as too big.  Start small.  I recently read an article about a wonderful woman giving sanitary towels to girls who otherwise would be missing school.  Each month, via a debit order, I contribute a small amount, in the belief that just that donation transforms the life of a
young woman. Let’s spread the happiness!

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