When people think of “love,” in most cases they think of being loved by a man or a woman they like, or by their parents or children. In other words, they think of receiving love. When they do not receive sufficient love, they suffer. This kind of thinking is something that they have to change. If everyone wants to receive love and no one is left to give it, this will lead to a worldwide shortage of love.
A society that is lacking love, a society that is based on an attitude that love means receiving is like a world full of invalids, all lying in bed, receiving treatment and saying, “It hurts here and here! Give me more medicine! Make me feel better!” If everyone behaves like this, it will cause problems; more doctors, more nurses, more medicine will be needed. But we can practice a kind of love called “Giving Love“ instead. Find out more:
It is important first to supply love. If everyone supplies love, then the world will be filled with love. You need to stop thinking only of what you can take or get.
Try and give love wherever you can. Do things for others. Before demanding happiness for yourself, try bringing happiness to others. Start by doing what you can. Practice giving love and you will find that a path will open for you. People who practice giving love have already taken the first step toward happiness. Every day will be enjoyable, and seeing the joy of others will bring pleasure. If you can find happiness in seeing other people’s delight, seeing others achieve happiness, then you have already taken the first step to heaven.
Adapted from The Laws of Happiness, by Ryuho Okawa (Lantern Books, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Ryuko Okawa. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from The Laws of Happiness, by Ryuho Okawa (Lantern Books, 2004).
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