The secret to living is giving.

We are all here for a reason. Each of us has skills, talents, and passions. Our job is to use these in service to humanity—to do what we love and what we are great at in serving others.

There’s a famous Chinese proverb that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a month, get married. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.”

Happiness for a lifetime…sounds pretty incredible, right?

Serving others might just be the key to unlocking next-level happiness. Step outside of yourself and your needs and focus on contributing instead. Then see how you feel and what you can achieve.

Below are 5 benefits that you will receive from getting deep into serving others:

1. Service is contribution.

The highest need on Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs relates to contribution. When we focus on contribution we take care of all our other needs. Through contributing we create certainty in our lives, we also create variety, significance, love, connection, and more. 

2. Service to humanity equals service to our clients.

When we fall in love with taking care of our clients then we achieve happy engaged clients in our business. This creates more orders, improved performance as an individual as well as a company. 

3. Becoming a heart-minded human.

When we serve, we live our lives more in our hearts and less in our heads. The outcome is a life full of love and less of suffering. All suffering comes from the mind and ego. Focusing on service to others helps to transcend our lowly self and establish ourselves at a higher level of consciousness. 

4. Deeper self-awareness.

The result of all the above is that we fulfill our human needs, allowing us to peak and self-actualize. We transcend certainty, uncertainty, significance, and love and establish ourselves in growth and contribution. This creates consistent fulfillment and joy in our lives.

5. Making a difference and leaving a legacy.

To leave your mark on the world get deep into serving others. Then when it is time to leave this world you can with no regrets and a feeling of being complete. 

What can you do to serve others today?

I challenge you to think about how you can really do what you love and serve others while doing it. Make a list, schedule it, and take massive action. I would love to hear how it works out for you.