Causes of Joy

by Rod Smith

1. Generosity – giving more than you can afford.
2. Faith – in God and in the humanity of others.
3. Forgiveness – absolute, and especially when undeserved.
4. Transparency – living without deceit or hidden agenda.
5. Openness – willingness to try new things and new adventures.
6. Awareness – of the impact left on others and on the environment.
7. Kindness – treating others in a manner that fosters their highest good.
8. Assertiveness – finding your way without impeding the growth of others.
9. Usefulness – finding a meaningful place in a community.
10. Love – deciding to love without expecting recognition or reward.

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