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Make other people’s joy your own.

“There is a lie that acts like a virus within the mind of humanity. And that lie is, ‘There’s not enough good to go around. There’s lack and there’s limitation and there’s just not enough.’ The truth is that there’s more than enough good to go around. There is more than enough creative ideas. There is more than enough power. There is more than enough love. There’s more than enough joy. All of this begins to come through a mind that is aware of its own infinite nature. There is enough for everyone. If you believe it, if you can see it, if you act from it, it will show up for you. That’s the truth.” ― Michael Beckwith

Every day, the universe rolls out of bed, tosses back an espresso and takes on a pretty thankless gig: providing the entirety of existence with an endless treasure trove of abundance … most of which goes totally unnoticed.

We see evidence of these infinite gifts in goods and services and ideas; in the tireless growth of plants and trees and grass; in the web of information that is the internet; in the 370,000 babies born into the world each day. It’s everywhere we look, all around us, every minute.

But, we persist in believing in lack and scarcity.

This belief manifests itself in many ways, one of which is envy. Envy is one of the most toxic (and utterly pointless) additions to our emotional arsenal. To covet what another has is poisonous for body, mind and soul. 

Envy is based on the belief that someone else having wealth or abundance or joy or beauty means there’s less for us. But this is the biggest lie in the history of giant, whopping, gargantuan lies.

Another person’s happiness or “good luck” or abundance doesn’t diminish our own. In fact, it only adds to it. Joy expands exponentially. And it’s contagious. Ever been around a truly joyous person? It rubs off.

This isn’t always easy to remember when you feel like your life is lacking — and you see someone else who has everything you want, right down to the doting boyfriend, huge bank account and perfect bod. But envy isn’t the path to anywhere good. And it’s one of the surest ways to steer clear of happiness.

The quickest way to attract everything you want is via JOY. And the quickest way to insure you never get it is to ruminate in envy and resentment and ire. We’ve all known that energy vampire of an acquaintance who can never be happy for anyone else. Don’t be that person. Never be that person.

Besides, things or circumstances or possessions aren’t what you really want, anyway. You want joy.

Joy is an achievement in its own right. It’s THE achievement.

One of my best friends just got a new job — it’s her doorway to a fresh start; an opportunity to invite infinite new possibilities in her life. And I am so totally stoked for her. So happy for her achievement — so excited about her future. Her happiness is my happiness. Call me selfish, but I’m all about riding the tide of someone else’s bliss. Because one person’s bliss is everyone’s bliss.

So. Want to be happy? Immerse yourself in the good feelings of others’ accomplishments and triumphs and loves. Feel it for yourself — share it, spread it, bathe in it. Give it away to everyone, enjoy the joy of others, bask in joy every chance you get. But begrudge others their joy, and you’ll never have any of your own.

Joy is good for the world. It’s a collective asset, it belongs to all of us and there’s more than enough to go around. Why be stingy about it?

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