HAPPINESS: Be kind as you celebrate Christmas


By Aliker David Martin

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Aliker uses Smart Board

How do you celebrate an achievement? It could be through a hearty laughter or dancing like the football stars celebrating a touchdown. While other people celebrate Christmas season by eating and drinking, I chose an act of kindness that would bring me fulfillment.

One of my best friends invited me over for Christmas with a fully paid flight. We met in Africa while he was an intern student of Notre Dame. I felt obligated to pass on the kindness. I decided to spend time in an elementary school visiting pupils with autism before they could break off for Christmas. I was greatly inspired by the world of possibilities in the lives of these children. Indeed, disability is not inability. My greatest sensation was seeing the children use Apple installed operating system in Smart Boards. Smart Board is an interactive white board developed by Smart Technologies. Relating and listening to these children gave me a strong sense of purpose. Any effort to meet our sense of purpose brings us happiness. Besides, I also treated my self in the evening to a great dish and some drinks. If you treat your self-kindly, it will reciprocate the gesture by bringing you joy and high spirits.

Having said that, I implore you to identify a sense of purpose this festive season and be kind. In Dalai Lama’s words, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion” Give yourself a treat to find happiness this festive season. A good massage could be so rewarding to the body just like an act of kindness brings you inner joy and fulfillment.

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

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29 comments on “HAPPINESS: Be kind as you celebrate Christmas

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  7. Merry Christmas to you! “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion” Although I couldn’t spend Christmas with my parents and siblings, I don’t feel any regret because I know I did a good thing by volunteering my time as a caregiver to help those in need. Thanks 🙂

    • gethappy says:

      Worshipswag,
      I feel your flow. To give care to those in need is one of the most compassionate things you can do.Thanks for believing in the philosophy of happiness through service.You are awesome.May the good lord rewards you with his grace in the New Year.May it make you happier.Thanks my friend

  8. granbee says:

    My husband and I have an autistic niece. We have been reminded so many times over the years that “disability is not inability”. Thank you for your gracious sharing of your school visit on the African continent. I had heard about this virtual interactive whiteboard software and am very pleased to see it used in a school setting such as the one you shared in at Christmas time. Yes, we must be compassionate to ourselves and to others. Your outstanding example is so very much needed in this world today.

    • gethappy says:

      Granbee,as you know we share compassion not because others need it but because we need it more to understand and appreciate who we are.Thanks for the testimony and sharing a passion with me.Share my love to your niece.

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    • gethappy says:

      Fisher, unfortunately I can’t understand what you have written. I would be glad if you could write in English or have some one interpret it for me.Thanks 🙂

  10. dogear6 says:

    Compassion and kindness are in such shortage these days. My husband and I are firm believers in acts of random kindness. It can make such a difference to someone’s day.

    Here’s where I posted about it, although I do have other posts on the topic also.

    http://livingtheseasons.com/2011/09/04/come-to-me-leave-happier/

    Nancy

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