This article is an extract of chapter #11 in Karl Moore’s best-selling book, “The 18 Rules of Happiness”.
“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” – Barbara De Angelis
American spiritual master Lester Levenson was given just days to live.
The doctors had little hope for his failing heart. But, surviving a few days longer than expected, Lester turned to consider what life was all really about. (He zoomed out. Rule #17.)
He concluded that life was about happiness, freedom. These were the things he needed to pursue.
But what granted him the most freedom and happiness in life?
Lester instantly felt that the answer was love. And when his many girlfriends expressed their love for him in public, certainly he felt a wave of happiness.
Yet it was fleeting. Momentary.
Then he realized that he felt the most happy in life – when he was the one giving the love!
The more he loved his girlfriend, the happier he became. The more he loved the world around him, the happier he became. The more he loved even his enemies, the happier he became.
And best of all, HE could control the amount of love he gave–and thereby control the amount of happiness he experienced.
Think about it for a moment. Doesn’t that ring true for you?
Don’t you feel happier when you are loving more?
I’m not talking about the clingy, relationship love that most people are well-aware of. But rather an open, giving, warm love. An all-accepting love, like that of a mother for her child, or a child for his puppy.
So, can you simply begin to love more?
For absolutely no reason at all. Just for fun. Love the whole world more.
Love your family for being as maddening as they are. Love the beautiful green trees around you as you take your daily stroll. Love your friends for all of their strengths and weaknesses. Love both sides of the coin. (Rule #10.) Simply, love more.
Even your enemies, or that rude guy that insulted you this very morning. Remember, if you’d travelled in their footsteps and had their experiences in life right to that very moment, whatever they just did would make perfect sense to you. Accept it, and give them a little love, because they might just need it.
Go through everyone you know – and in your own mind, offer them a little love. Keep that open heart as you walk around during your day.
Because, as the Beatles suggested, love might just be all you need.
So, love more – and you will be happy.
It will look like this: Love More!