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SHARING WITH OTHERS

Question-Week ending Sunday 12/22/02:
Do you believe individuals could be happier and improve their quality of life by sharing with others on a daily basis? Please read the Pre-Poll Commentary before taking this poll.

Pre-Poll Commentary:

In this tenth poll of the Daily Dozen Disciplines, we will discuss how sharing with others can make one a happier individual and improve their quality of life.

During our prior polls we have used the phrase "Quality of Life" many times. This phrase can be interpreted in numerous ways by different individuals. It's kind of a customized phrase that takes on a special meaning according to who and where you are in your life. It means something different to a college student verses a retired individual. It means something different to an American verses a citizen of a third world country with an oppressive government. But for our poll purposes, let's define "Quality of Life" in the following general terms as:

  • Achieving a sense of Inner Peace
  • Achieving higher self esteem
  • Achieving loving and caring relationships
  • Achieving a feeling of financial security
  • Feeling good about who you are and what you do

We could extend this list further, but it's not necessary for this discussion.

I believe that sharing what you know and what you have with others can help you realize the definitions above. However, the process is not always easy.

The process of sharing is not something you do once. It's something you do every single day without realizing it. Sharing is something you continue to do for others even after you have been disappointed by the reactions of many recipients. Sharing is something you do unconditionally, without the expectation of receiving anything in return from the recipients. However, you will probably find that the more you share, the more abundance somehow comes back to you in some other way. Sharing can neatly be summed up by the mantra coined by Zig Zigler:

"You Can Get Whatever You Want In Life, If You Help Enough Other People Get What They Want."

Sharing can start at any time. Some of the biggest misers have become some the greatest sharers. However, be advised that sharing is not just about giving money or assets to a charity or church. It's about sharing your time, ideas, wisdom and resources to help others to enjoy a better "Quality of Life" that is described above. By helping others, you will indirectly be helping yourself. The process is very powerful. I live the process everyday. eHappyLife.com is just one way for me to share unconditionally, with a multitude of caring people. If you believe in the philosophy described here and you're in a sharing mood right now, you can easily e-mail this poll to all your caring friends and relatives by clicking on the e-mail icon below. What a wonderful world this would be if we all shared more of what we know and what we have with others - unconditionally!

Let us know how you feel in this week's poll. This poll will end on Sunday 12/22/02. Watch for the results and summary by Monday morning 12/23/02.


Results:
1. 54% voted-Absolutely Yes - can improve QOL by sharing daily
2. 45% voted-Probably Yes - can improve QOL by sharing daily
3. 01% voted-Not Really - can't improve QOL by sharing daily
4. 00% voted-Absolutely Not - can't improve QOL by sharing daily

Post-Poll Commentary:
Once again we have a near unanimous vote that sharing daily can improve your Quality of Life as described above in the commentary. 54% answered Absolutely Yes while 45% answered Probably Yes. Only 1% even had any doubt that sharing works.

I believe that it's almost instinctive for people to "want to share." However, I also believe that too few people do so. Talk and action can reside miles apart from each other. An individual may spend $45 on a carton of cigarettes or $50 on lottery tickets, yet give a dollar in the church collection basket. Sharing involves some sacrifice. Percentages count. Sharing involves giving up some of your valuable time, resources, material objects or money to help benefit others unconditionally. There's can be lots of personal satisfaction gained from a sincere act of sharing with others.

Sharing is also a very personal act. Everyone can do it in their own way. The object is to do it often, daily if possible and make it part of your mission in life. Only then can you truly grow and improve your Quality of Life.


Master Archives of Polls

Dozen Daily Discipline Poll Topics
Dozen Daily Disciplines Introduction
1-Eating Healthy | 2-Daily Vitamin Supplements | 3-Working Effectively
4-Focused Time with Loved One | 5-Focused Time with Family | 6-Daily Exercise
7-Daily Reading For Education | 8-Daily Audio Learning | 9-Daily Financial Management
10-Sharing With Others | 11-Time for Spirituality | 12-Healthy Sleep Habits

Goal Planning System Topics
Goal Planning System Introduction
Step 1-Belief, Desire | Step 2-Writing Down Goals | Step 3-Benefits & Analysis Step 4-Listing Obstacles | Step 5-Listing Resources | Step 6-Write out a Detailed Plan
Step 7-Execute Passionately & Keep Score

Time Management Series Topics
Introduction
Strategy and Benefits | TM Benefit 1 Peace of Mind
TM Benefit 2 Self Knowledge | TM Benefit 3 Health & Energy
TM Benefit 4 Loving Relationships | TM Benefit 5 Financial Rewards
TM Benefit 6 Achieving Worthy Goals | TM Benefit 7 Total Personal Fulfillment

Personal Development Opportunities Topics
PDO's Introduction
PDO's Ages 7 to 12 | PDO's Ages 13 to 19 | PDO's Ages 20 to 29
PDO's Ages 30 to 39 | PDO's Ages 40 to 49 | PDO's Ages 50 to 59
PDO's Ages 60 - Over, Plus Summary

Personal Value In The Marketplace (PVIM) Topics
PVIM Introduction
PVIM Evaluation | PVIM Increasing Your Value | PVIM Preparing And Planing Early
PVIM Start Improving Your Market Value Today!

The Qualities Of Leadership Topics
Introduction
Honesty | Energy & Passion | Great Listeners | Being Decisive
Being Realistic | Great Communicator | Being Patient | Being Persistent
Being Flexible | Being Persuasive | Being Competent | Being Responsible
Sense of Humor | Great Role Model | Being Creative | Being Compassionate
Being Resourceful | Being Diplomatic | Forgiving | Willing To Take Risks

Positive Moods And Emotions Topics
Introduction
Acceptance | Affection | Ambition | Anticipation | Attentive | Calmness
Caring | Confidence | Courage | Curiosity | Desire | Determination | Eagerness
Empathy | Enthusiasm | Excitement | Generosity | Gratitude | Happiness
Independence | Joy | Kindness | Love | Loyalty | Patience | Pride | Relaxation
Respect | Satisfaction | Trust

Other Poll Topics Discussed
Poll Index
Aerobic Exercise | Audio Learning | Beaches | Concerts | Cruise Ships
Financial Management | Football Passion | Internet Time | Magazine Reading
Movie Rentals | Music Listening | Nurturing Relationships | Pet Ownership
Photography | Pro Sports | Restaurants | Strength Exercise | Stretching Routine
Theatre | TV Time | Weekend Away


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