This story is about a beautiful, expensively dressed lady who complained to her psychiatrist that she felt as if her whole life was empty; it had no meaning. The lady finally went to a counselor thinking that he might sort out her problems. The counselor called over the old lady who cleaned the office floors. The counselor then said to the rich lady, "I'm going to ask Mary here to tell you how she found happiness. All I want you to do is listen to her."
The old lady put down her broom and sat on a chair and told her story:"Well, my husband died of malaria and three months later my only son was killed in an accident. I had nobody... I had nothing left. I couldn't sleep, I couldn't eat, I never smiled at anyone, I even thought of taking my own life. Then one evening a little kitten followed me home from work. Somehow I felt sorry for that kitten. It was cold outside, so I decided to let the kitten in. I got it some milk, and the kitten licked the plate clean. Then it purred and rubbed against my leg and for the first time in months, I smiled. Then I stopped to think, if helping a little kitten could make me smile, may be doing something for people could make me happy. So the next day I baked some biscuits and took them to a neighbour who was sick in bed.
Every day I tried to do something nice for someone. It made me so happy to see them happy. Today, I don't know of anybody who sleeps and eats better than I do. I've found happiness, by giving it to others."
The rich lady, who was patiently listening Mary began to weep. Tears rolled down her cheeks.
She had everything that money could buy, but she had lost the things which money cannot buy. Millions of religionists and spiritual workers all over the world are still complaining that they do not reach happiness. The one question they need to ask themselves is just ‘how many could I make happy this very day?’ The rule engraved on stone says, ‘You reap what you sow’, which means that unless you sow happiness, you are never to reach it.