All of us seem to have a common goal: to be happy. People generally think this will come from having the newest gadget or driving the fastest car. However, this is not the truth. These material things will only leave us happy for a time, but not for long.
So what can we do to become truly happy? The answer comes through service. Not the service you receive, but the service you give to others. Growing up, my father was an excellent example of service to me. He would find opportunities to give service to others, and, to my annoyance, he brought me along. He constantly helped move people in and out of their houses, mow lawns, and cleared snow off of sidewalks for those in our neighborhood who couldn’t. He would even go to our church house and clear snow off of the sidewalks there before anyone arrived. For a long time, I didn’t understand why he wanted to do these things. However, as I was able to help him serve more and more, I began to feel joy in helping others and grew to love the ones I served. Although I was never really excited about it at first, it was always an amazing experience afterwards and I grew to love it.
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we are counseled to seek opportunities to serve others. By doing this, we can feel an increased sense of love for the ones we serve, and come closer to Christ. The sacrifices we make for the ones we serve will make us feel happier. I encourage you to look for ways to serve those around you. During this holiday season, service is needed more than ever. Whenever you see someone in need, don’t hesitate to help them. I promise you will not regret the decision and you will be immediately blessed. When you give service, you will appreciate those around you and what you have. I know that by giving service you will experience more joy and happiness in your life.