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Happiness is when you contribute to a purpose bigger than yourself. Becoming an advocate for the bullied and tackling things about bullying that few people think about is where I get my happiness.

That purpose is informing others aspects of bullying that no one talks about and in that, helping targets reclaim their personal power. This is so much bigger than me. And it’s why it feels so rewarding!

Contributing to helping others more successfully battle bullying isn’t for material gain, fame, or fortune. It’s for my spiritual fulfillment. It’s the inner rewards I get. Rewards of the heart- knowing that this is making a difference and making the world a better place- even if just a little bit.

There’s no reward that matches that! I want to be the person I needed when I was targeted years ago.

Sure. Material rewards are nice, don’t get me wrong. And I certainly won’t turn them down if I’m ever blessed with them. I would love to make a good living doing what I love. After all, I’m human too.

But at the end of the day, the inner rewards- the rewards to the heart and spirit are more satisfying than I ever thought they would be.

It’s what keeps me going and it’s where my fulfillment comes from.

12 thoughts on “Happiness

  1. Leon Stevens says:

    Quite a few years back, there was a TEDtalk with a teenager-I think he was 13 or 14- and he started by saying that he is always asked what he wants to be when he grows up. After about 10 minutes of talking about all the potential jobs and careers there were, he ended with:

    “So when people ask me what I want to be when I grow up, I tell them: I want to be happy.”

    I’ll also share a poem that I wrote:

    Life (What Really Matters)

    If I miss a TV show
    My life will continue
    If my favorite team loses
    My life will go on
    If I can’t afford what I want
    My life will move forward
    If I can’t get an expensive car, a big house, the best toys
    My life will still have meaning
    If someone has something better than I do
    I will still exist
    If I can’t keep up with the Joneses
    I can still keep up with me
    If I don’t have the trendiest clothing
    I will still have clothing
    If I have food, water, shelter, safety, health, and love
    I will be happy

    • cheriewhite says:

      Wow! Such a beautiful poem! And that 13 year old is smarter than most his age! Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem with me. With your permission, I’d like to blog it sometime with your name at the bottom of course. 🙂

  2. Sandra Ray says:

    I am starting my very first blog when I will be tracking my own project of improving my own happiness. I think it is great that you seek to help others be happier. Good for you.

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