One of the reflections that has stuck with me after reading The Happiness Project is Rubin’s ‘Second Splendid Truth’:
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.
Surprising a friend with a hand-written postcard makes me happy, hence #10 on my birthday list – Send 52 tidbits of snail mail.
The fun of picking out the postcard, the challenge of squeezing in as many details as I can, the satisfaction of pressing down the stamp and sliding the whole thing into a mail box – I love it all! The process itself makes me smile.
Then, depending how reliable the Kenyan postal system is, a few weeks later I get a whole new ‘happiness hit’ when I hear that my little bit of snail mail has arrived safely in the mail box of a dear friend, and that they were thrilled to receive it.
And then, I break out into a Lion-King inspired “It’s the circle of happiness…” and off I go to write another note home.