Blessing OTHERS with the gift of JOY, and dropping the need for their approval, is actually a gift to OURSELVES as well.
“These things I have spoken to you, that my JOY may be in you, and that your joy may be FULL.”
Go ahead and read the first 10 verses prior to this to learn what ‘these things’ are that Jesus was talking about.
And something I discovered about this? It’s MUCH easier to make others smile than it is to get them to think highly of you.