The importance of empathy & contentment

It is not all about the money and the art of giving back creates happiness. While it may not help the bottom line, entrepreneurs understand the importance of corporate social responsibility. True visionaries want to make the world better for everyone and the most successful and happy people on earth give back to society.

It is important for your children to develop the characteristic of helping others. This attribute will allow your children to stay humble during periods of great success and it will give them the insight that a successful business provides benefits to more than just its owner. People that contribute to the success of others live happy and content lives.

How to teach:

  • Contentment – Remind your kids that owning stuff is fine, but when your stuff owns you, when you define yourself by a purchase or an amount of money, you are on the road to becoming a disgusting human being.
  • Expose your kids to those less fortunate and sensitise them to the value of helping others. Life is not always about you, your needs and your comfort. Life is also about leaving the world a better place than you found it. People who contribute to the success of others contribute to their own success and live a happy, more fulfilled life.
  • Ask them to choose a charity or special cause to support with a portion of their allowance/ income they generate. Support them wholeheartedly when they find volunteer activities to participate in society. This way your kids will lead a contented life—full of meaning and service to humanity.

Gratitude is really, really attractive. A child who is genuinely grateful makes you want to do anything for them, and that is true of adults as well. Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy—because we will always want to have something else or something more.