indicates that happiness depends on having meaning and connection in our lives
but how do we get this? We are off for a few ideas as to how to achieve this.
What is your life’s purpose?
Part of the
problem is that very few of us ever can fully answer this question. We are on
this earth for an unknown period of time and during that time we do some things
that are important, and some things that are important.
that it is the important things that we believe give our lives meaning and
happiness. This can be true, but sometimes the little things will contribute in
a disproportionate way as well.
Make a difference
instead of asking what life’s purpose is, we should be saying to ourselves what
can we do with our lives what is important and can make a difference.
can mean different things to different people. It can mean going into politics,
or campaigning for climate change; or it can be something as straightforward as
coaching juniors at the local sports club or giving your time to a local
charity or community group.
You see, it
does not have to be related to the work that you do, it can be a pastime, a
particular interest or volunteering with a local club or charity which gives
you the most pleasure and a sense of wellbeing because you feel you are giving
something back to the community.
As far as
work is concerned, please remember that many of us do not work in the job of
our dreams. That is something which is reserved for the lucky few.
rest of us we can achieve fulfillment by perhaps helping a colleague who might
be struggling at work or carrying out simple kindnesses such as calling in to
say hello and have a chat with an elderly neighbour or giving someone a simple, unexpected gift.
thank you to a shop assistant and meaning it; or complimenting somebody on
their appearance or congratulating them for something they have achieved.
The list of
small kindnesses such as this is endless and can make such a difference both to
you, having shown this kindness, as well as to the recipient for having
received it - they may be having a bad
day and can suddenly feel 10 feet tall!
kind person that makes a difference and be a happier one. That’s got to be a
good purpose in life.