Christmas is all about happiness! Aristotle said, "Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole purpose and the end of human existence." Gifts, in general, give happiness to both the donor and the recipient. However, the recipient's happiness is greater. It can be improved many times if the gift is loved, and, furthermore, is specifically meant to increase happiness.
"The purpose of our lives is to be happy"
"Being able to give happiness brings happiness, that is the purpose of the life".
(Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche)
So, the purpose of life is to be happy! Give others happiness, which in turn will make you happy.
But, how can we increase the happiness of others by giving Christmas presents?
Before going into the details, let's see what are the Fundamentals of Happiness.
The sources of happiness are: Spirit (our positive and happy attitude toward life, others and the world), our bodies, family and friends, society, nature, things created by man (books, music , dance, arts and crafts), movies, food, transportation, etc.), love and care, Niskam Karm (action without undoing anxiety about its fruits), yoga, including, meditation.
Now, what is the ideal gift that advances happiness?
This is not an easy question.
Because happiness has many dimensions. Nature gives happiness; but someone can be happier in the company of books. So the gifts also have a lot of aspects. Should it be useful, in the practical sense, or should it be gratifying to our senses only?
Some of the features of an ideal happiness gift would be: This should be helpful; he should be lying a long time; this should be desirable; it should be something cool & # 39; and the last thing; it should be unique, if possible; it should be a proud possession; it should be something we dreamed of owning a day; and last but not least, if possible, it should change the life, etc.
Now, taking into consideration the Foundations of Happiness and the Fundamentals of an Ideal Gift, what would I suggest as the Best Gifts of Happiness?
Happiness Gifts of Love and Care: "There is only one happiness in life, to love and to be loved" -George Sand.
Hecato wrote: "If you want to be loved, love." "
Christmas is nothing but the celebration of love: the intangibles are more important than the tangibles: give your company and your understanding to your family and friends, show your love, help them and be generally around them.Providing your family with all the comfort without giving them love and care is useless, but even if you are poor but you love and care of your family and your friends, they would be Happy and I would love you in return.
Gifts of happiness up to the latter: There are many unhappy brothers and sisters who have loved ones and dear ones for the soul consolation, no food, no clothing and shelter for bodily needs Dream of fancy gifts Your Christmas food and thrown clothes would have been enough to make them happy this Christmas! to be happy without the higher emotions of love, care, sympathy and empathy for the poor and philanthropy.
Happiness Gifts for Motivational / Inspirational Books / Audios / Videos and MP3 Downloads: "We are as happy as we decide to be" -Abraham Lincoln.
Milton in Paradise Lost said,
& # 39; The spirit is its own place, and in itself
Can make a paradise of hell, a hell of heaven. "
Happiness is in the mind, it is our spirit that hinders our happiness, our health and our success.Freedom of stress, anxiety, depression, lack of trust, fears and phobias, etc. Give motivational books / inspiration / audios / videos and MP3 downloads on the theme of how to be happy, including the elements that teach and use the power of the mind, which , absolutely, is the greatest power for happiness, health and success, by hypnosis alone.
Happiness Gifts for a Day or Vacation Trips: Happiness is D & # 39; 39 being with your near and dear ones in the bosom of nature Most sources of happiness are free: nature, our bring your family and your friends into the bosom of nature, this way you are near the sources of created by God (nature, yourself, your family, your friends and your soul). there is a holiday trip to an exotic place! Be in the sun, sand, and the sea, with family and friends, relax or read a book, or swim, then gorge on sumptuous treats, is the ultimate dream. Fill it for yourself and your loved one and die.
Happiness The Gift of Health and Sport: Our body and health are the foundation of happiness. Without a sound body, we can not be happy! Christmas is, fortunately, just a week before the New Year. People are already making their New Year's resolutions. One of the first resolutions often concerns health and fitness. You could give them health and fitness gifts. I would recommend giving equipment for a team game or game where a partner is required because such a game is likely to be pursued. This is because, on the one hand, the game itself is nice (while the Gym routine can be "workout"), and on the other hand, one can sometimes continue as it there is the obligation not to abandon the partner.
Gifts of happiness books and readers of electronic books or e-readers: Books not only make us happy, but some books are also about happiness. It would be obvious that he qualifies eminently as the best happiness gift on the above criteria of happiness and ideal gift. It is useful, durable, desirable, cool, the last thing, unique, a proud possession, and life changes, as are good books. Reading is an eternal joy par excellence. A digital book reading device, is a portable library! In the long run, such a device would prove cheap because downloadable books are cheaper than hardcover / soft books, and public domain books can be downloaded for free!
Happiness Music and MP3 Gifts:
"Music, When Sweet Voices Die,
Vibrates in Memory," – Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Music CD and Now MP3 Downloads Are Great gifts. Even though the music is universal, people like different types of music and songs. So, you must pay attention to the recipient's appreciation of the gift.
Some other gift items may be: Videos, Cell Phones, Electronics, and Jewelry, etc.
Personalized / Homemade Gift Happiness Gifts: Personalized gifts are highly appreciated, one could give a personalized set of wine glasses. The most popular gifts are homemade gifts. For example, you can knit a wool muffler for a friend.
Happiness Gifts of Yoga Articles: The ultimate goal of yoga is eternal happiness. Most yoga enthusiasts are concerned about health and fitness only. This too is good because the sound body is the house of sound (bliss). However, this eternal bliss or Moksh or Nirvan could have achieved in this world even through Yoga. Even if we do not reach the ultimate goal of eternal bliss, great happiness can be achieved through Yoga (and meditation, which is part of it).
Finally, do not give gifts of sadness (gifts that will make the recipient unhappy). Great sensitivity is needed to give a proper gift. Do not give a person who is a bit obese motivational / inspirational book / audio / video or MP3 download on fat reduction without that he or she is likely to appreciate the gesture. Do not give your picture framed; do not give used things; do not give anything received as a gift (especially if there is a chance of being caught); do not give cigarettes to a non-smoker, alcohol to the attendant; the glue bottle or bucket of paint is not a gift item; a two-piece swimsuit is not for a man, etc.
LIVE THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE!
TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER!