Sunday Sayings – Building Bridges to Happiness

We all live on planet earth and everyone wants their own space. We are all individuals yet we share our world with billions of others.

Timeless words

As a social species, we depend on others to live in this world. Yet we will be alone in the world if we do not have a bridge to other folks. Individuals need a community and we need other lives interacting with our own. Other people may annoy or irk us, they may love or hate us, but without others, we are lost.

Building on the discussion of Empathy last time, I found the following proverb and quotes timely and really grabbed my attention this week.

A bridge has no allegiance to either side

– Unknown

Why then do we, as people, or citizens, feel the need to take sides?

jump joy happy
A jump of Joy

We all want to be happier. Why wouldn’t we?

Happiness is the supreme goal for most of us. Life is more enjoyable and colourful when we are feeling happy.

Could each of us as individuals, at times be that bridge to someone’s happiness?

The following quote suggests we can.

You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How?

By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”

-Dale Carnegie

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Imagine what might happen if everyone spared a few kinds words of encouragement to a fellow worker or to a lonely acquaintance. That rainbow of acceptance could spread right across the world.

Should we start spreading a wave of happiness by following Carnegie’s words?

This week, I am going to try it. Will you try too?

Cylinders Beach Stradbroke Island
A small ripple can build to a large wave

I think we could make a difference in our little corner of the world.

Build a bridge of happiness around you.

#OneWorld Let’s change it.

Everyone’s opinion is important. What is yours?

Join in the discussion by leaving a comment.

Proverbial Friday beginnings

Several years ago, I created ‘Proverbial Thursday’ on my blog. I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within just a few, succinct words. I marveled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age.

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader.

Mostly anonymous, proverbs come to us from past generations and from across all cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned.

Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

From Amanda


22 thoughts on “Sunday Sayings – Building Bridges to Happiness”

  1. I love the thought of the bridge not leaning towards either side more. Yeah, that’s what I wish to be. I believe I’m doing this in small doses, making people happier, including myself. It is so easy, it doesn’t cost a thing, and I really don’t know why more people aren’t doing the same. Cheers for your contributions!

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    1. A brigde connects both sides but does not swing to either side. In so doing, trust invariably develops. Once yrust is established, a relationship betwern either side is possible. If only this could be a metaphor in our political world. How wonderful would that be, Manja? So happy to hear you integrate this positive action into you daily life. You are absolutely right. It costs not a thing. And the bonus is the contagious positivity that flows back to the other person’s circle as well as to yourself.

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    1. That is an interesting thought, Steve. When the path is closed off, we have to offer an olive branch, or some form of bridge. It might work but then again, it might not. There is usually no harm in trying, is there?

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  2. Amanda, this Reminds me of that movie, Pay it Forward. Building bridges, breaking down barriers, and paying it forward. What a wonderful world we could be living in. I’ll try to do my bit.

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    1. Exactly like that, Chris. Pay it forward. Do something that has a positive ripple effect and watch the kindness grow. By committing to it, you are already building a bridge! Thank you!

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