How to Be Happy–Live Aloha’s True Meaning

Hand signal for "Aloha"

Aloha

I discovered this sign when visiting Hawaii some years ago. I wondered why everyone used it the way people on the mainland say, “Have a nice day.” The Aloha sign seems rather like the Hebrew word Shalom. Aloha means hello or goodbye and also means love or affection.

Yet the deeper meaning defines my life philosophy, “Love yourself first. It is not selfish. It is mandatory.”

Briefly, Aloha defines a way of living and treating each other with the love and respect they deserve as the Divine Spirits they are. You accomplish that end by teaching yourself to love yourself first and then to spread love to others.

You can never give what you do not already have.


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