When did, “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you” transform into “I’ll take care of me, and you take care of you”?
Somewhere along the way someone asked us, “What can you do for me?” At which we retorted “Screw that! I’m an American! What can I do for you? Nothing! I’ll make my own happiness! From now on, it’s all about ME! ME! ME! ME!!”
And after a lifetime of thinking of nobody except ourselves, we have the BALLS to ask the questions, “Why am I not happy?”, “Why do I feel unsatisfied?”, “WHY AM I ALONE!?”
The answers to these questions are simple: it is because you are SELFISH!
Now that I’ve smashed you over the head with the truth, let me offer a solution: You will never feel as good about yourself, than when you do something nice for someone else.
Take a moment, close your eyes, and think, “What were the last five things I did for someone else?” Things that you did because they would make that person happy, and had absolutely nothing to do with helping your situation.
It’s easy to do things for people that will benefit you in the future. The things you do for the people that you’ll never see again, are what give you the most happiness.
“I don’t see the difference. Nice is nice. Right?”
Sure, nice is nice, but imagine the following scenario: You are at your local coffee shop, and as you go to pay the cashier for your drink, you tell her that you would like to cover the cost of the person in line right behind you. You then slip her $10, grab your coffee, and get out of the shop before she even has a chance to tell that person what you did. You just made someone’s day.
The feelings that you’re feeling are weird, right? Not bad weird, but good weird. That feeling is called HAPPINESS.
You have just discovered one of the easiest ways of being happy: kindness. It can be as small as leaving a note that reads, “You’re BEAUTIFUL”, or as large as donating a kidney. I suggest starting with the note, not the kidney, but that’s just my opinion.
Robert Kitchen was raised in Hawaii, with his two brothers and three sisters. He, left Hawaii and moved to California, to pursue his dream of a career in comedy.
During that time, Robert got married, had two kids, and discovered his fondness for writing and creating comedy sketches, most of which depicted his distinctly odd take on being a stay-at-home dad, and his love for witty banter. Robert Kitchen can still be seen performing, on iO West's house improv team - DCT, almost every Friday night.