If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”—Dalai Lama

Happiness is best when it’s shared, with as many people as possible. Just like giving a gift makes the giver happy, showing happiness to others really does rub off on the person giving that joy. 

For those healing after trauma, focusing on the happiness of others can be the gift that keeps on giving!

  • Helping others turns your focus away from your own pain. It fills your mind with positive thoughts, leaving little to no room for negativity.
  • Helping others facing trauma is healing for you, and for them. You see others dealing with pain similar to what you went through and you can be a role model for success.
  • Appreciating life. Surviving trauma helps many appreciate—and celebrate—the small joys in life. 
  • Living healthier. Happiness equates to better health—stronger immune systems and are more successful at fighting illness and recovering from injuries. In fact, studies have shown that being in a good mood offsets chronic pain, and patients with cancer healed quicker with a happy outlook.
  • Laughter is the best medicine, right? This really is true, as laughing has been proven to reduce high blood pressure, prevent heart disease, and lower stress. Besides, what better way to spread happiness than by sharing your laugh!

So on this day when we turn away from our own issues and celebrate what we can do for the happiness of others, consider how much you matter, how much you truly contribute to people around you. And remember, happiness is meant for sharing.

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