Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it.
~John Templeton (November 29, 1912 – July 8, 2008) was an American-born British stock investor, businessman and philanthropist.
The theme for the week at my beloved Chautauqua Institution where I spend my summers is The Pursuit of Happiness. The lectures and programs have been outstanding, but I’ve heard nothing more inspiring than these words by John Templeton on the Charter for Compassion website.
Do you think giving, not getting, is the real secret of life?
If so, how have you found it to be true? Is this as easy to practice as it is to preach?