As humans, our default tendency is to put ourselves first over anyone or anything else. We mostly consider helping others only when are done taking care of our own needs – that even rarely happens because the human appetite tends to be insatiable. We always want more.
We want to make more money, buy or build more houses, buy more cars – the list is endless. We struggle to differentiate between needs and wants. We buy things out of impulse without doing a need assessment to know what value some of these things we buy will give to us. We sometimes don’t differentiate perceived value from an actual value.
In doing all these, we increasingly become self-absolved. Isolated in our world, our desires, our cravings – we slowly become disconnected from reality. Some of us become sad and depressed even when we have amassed everything money can buy.
The truth is – we can never truly be happy until we make other people happy. There is deep unexplainable satisfaction when we help others with things that are beyond them. The more we give the happier our lives become. The ultimate purpose of life is service.
Service above self-happiness is in service, giving our time, talent, and treasure to put a smile on the face of other people. The world will be a better place if everyone became service-oriented.