I believe happiness is found in the opposite direction -- in sharing. When I share what I have with others, I feel good about myself. Sharing builds social connections and generates good feelings. Even totally altruistic sharing has positive effects.
I'm not alone in believing this. Emerging research in the newly-recognized field of "positive psychology" finds humans benefit from sharing. We're social animals by nature and get a chemical high in our brains when we act cooperatively with others.
I make a conscious choice to incorporate sharing into my life. The practice makes me feel good. Often I need an emotional boost in my life and this provides it.
Do you share? How do you feel when you do?
This cute costume was lent to me by a sweet friend (Fuzzy).