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Published June 28th 2012
Feeling good can come from a pay rise, sex, or an ATAR score of 99.95. When these are difficult to procure, other ways in which we can increase our sense of fulfilment must be considered. One such way is to help others achieve their own personal happiness! Here are some to think about.
Cities are full of buskers. They provide music, entertainment, and places to fling your money when feeling charitable (unless they are extremely top-quality in which case one is moved to donate all their funds to further the creation of such beauty). But more than hurling pennies into velvet-lined violin cases, think about this. The entertainment value would be doubled if you yourself participate. Not only you, but also the audience and the busker would be, at the very least, amused by this spectacle. Dancing with a busker is not for everyone, nor for every busker, but when the time is right, go for it and you will not be disappointed.
2. Comfort a crying child.
This might be difficult if you yourself do not have children and have no easy access to them. Comforting a crying child is not like comforting an adult. There is no embarrassment factor, only snot, tissue-use and a warm sense of the world slowly being righted. If a child is hard to find (or, for various reasons, you cannot trust yourself around them), use a teddy bear and your imagination.
3. Tell someone about the Game of Thrones series. They're missing out if they aren't watching it. On happiness, fulfilment, and Tyrion Lannister.
This should not be a bomb or explosive. Something more appropriate would be something that you do not want, but which is tasteful and appealing to many.
Good examples of random gifts include: a beautiful painting, a copy of Game of Thrones, pretty crockery, and a well-preserved scarf.
Bad examples of random gifts include: your significant other.
5. Like someone's status on Facebook.
Statuses are generally a cry for attention. Liking someone's status will therefore make the other feel re-affirmed in their popularity, community assimilation and self-worth. Moreover, you yourself could benefit from this, in that:
A. your finger will obtain exercise; B. your friends will see you interacting on Facebook and perceive you immediately as more hip than before; and C. everyone knows that Likes make the world go round.