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.” – Chinese Proverb  

You are either a part of the problem or a part of the solution. Junior Chamber International is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs. I used to be a member of JCI during my university days; the organization encourages members to become active citizens and participate in social and economic development efforts.

The JCI motto is “Service to humanity is the best work of life.” As Forner UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

“You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want in life.” – Zig Ziglar

Here are some great quotes on service:

  • “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King
  • “Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • “As we lose ourselves in the service of others we discover our own lives and our own happiness.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • “The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.” – Lee Iacocca
  • “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington
  • “That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.” – Napoleon Hill
  • “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali
  • “To lose yourself in righteous service to others can lift your sights and get your mind off personal problems, or at least put them in proper focus.” – Ezra Taft Benson
  • “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  • “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso
  • “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.” – Chinese Proverb  
  • “You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want in life.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes
  • I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer  
  • “When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “What I spent, I had; what I saved, I lost; what I gave, I have.”German Proverb
  • “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” – Douglas Adams
  • “Serving others breaks you free from the shackles of self and self-absorption that choke out the joy of living.” James Hunter
  • “Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” – Danny Thomas
  • There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes
  • Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.” – Og Mandino
  • There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.– Walter Reuther
  • What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.– Albert Pine
  • “I know of no great man except those who have rendered great services to the human race.” –Voltaire
  • No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.– Calvin Coolidge
  • “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” – Samuel Johnson
  • “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan
  • “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde

All the best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.

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