It is human nature to want to live a happier, more fulfilling life, but when it comes to actually doing it many of us are at a loss as to where to begin.
The answer lies in the idea itself. You see, there is a difference between happiness, and purposeful happiness, and it is a line that many people do not fully understand.
Happiness, is a feeling, an emotion, it occurs inside of us when we are doing something we enjoy. Purposeful Happiness, on the other hand, is more than a feeling, and is something that we must invite into our lives, and consistently work to maintain. Purposeful Happiness is different from the emotion happiness in the sense that it embodies our being, and becomes a way of life. It is the basis for positive living and is really the ultimate goal on our journey to our best self.
The best part about Purposeful Happiness is that the concept itself is easy, and absolutely anyone in the world can achieve it with a little effort and a simple desire to do so.
Ideas to make you happy
Below are a few ideas that will help you create Purposeful Happiness, moving you along your journey to a happier, more fulfilling life overall.
Embark on a journey of self-discovery – There is an old saying, “You can never be truly happy in life if you are not happy with yourself.” and these words speak volumes in the way of Purposeful Happiness. If you want to be happy in life you must be happy with yourself before anything else. The journey to self-discovery is a great way to get to know yourself and to learn what makes you tick. You can never know yourself too much, and once you begin looking, you will find that there is so much hidden within that you never knew was there.
Just as people become overwhelmed with the desire to be happier in life, they can become overwhelmed with self-discovery. What self-discovery really means is learning about you, dealing with your weaknesses, and fueling your strengths. One way to do this is to ask yourself personal questions and answer as honestly as you can. As you begin to ask yourself questions they will lead to others, just like you are having a conversation with a close friend. Allow your mind to wander where it may, and do not try to analyse or defend, simply accept and allow these thoughts and ideas to be.
Plan for the future – Setting goals is a great way to invite Purposeful Happiness into your life. Nothing feels better than achieving something that you have set out to accomplish, and nothing boosts your self-esteem more either. If you are just starting out it is best to set small goals for yourself that point you in the direction of a larger goal. Every single step is taking you somewhere. It is important to remember that it is not about how long it takes, it is about the journey forward.
Focus on your own reactions/actions – So often we are wasting time and energy reacting to others around us instead of focusing on our own actions. We spend a great deal of our lives trying to make others what we think they should be, when we should simply be focusing on what ‘we’ can be.
Your reactions to other people (especially negative people) take away from the actions that better YOU. Instead of wasting time proving yourself to others, spend time being yourself to you, the way you want to be. Those people who are meant to be a part of your ‘big plan’ will adapt accordingly.
Balance the good with the bad – Bad things happen, it is a fact of life. In fact, you are going to do bad things, that is a fact as well, but Purposeful Happiness is about balancing the good and the bad in a way that keeps you on a positive track. The truth of the matter is, as long as you are not being malicious or intentionally causing others harm you will be ahead in the game of life. Stay positive when faced with negativity, and you will invite more positive moments into your life.
Live for the now – Forget the mistakes you made yesterday. Forget the big problems you had last month. Let go of the negative things that you did, or that you faced, in the past and live for the moment. When we hold on to the past we are inviting it into our present.
No good can come from something that should have been thrown away, so simply leave it be and focus on what you can do NOW to make life better. It is fine to reflect and see your mistakes, but face forward in the direction you want to go.
Meaning of life
Seek out a meaning for your life and live it – No one ever knows exactly what they are ‘meant’ to do with their life. No one truly knows what the ‘meaning’ of life really is, but it is important to find a way to make each moment matter to you, and make that your meaning. If you are good at making people smile, do it. If you can explain things well, make it so. Take your strengths and turn them into your life’s meaning, and remember to change your meaning as you grow. The real meaning of life is being the best you possible, it is as simple as that, and if you can help other people along the way then you have accomplished something amazing.
See the bright-side – The most valuable thing you can do for yourself is to see the bright side of a situation. It is important that we remember “a storm can not last forever” it must eventually clear and the sun will shine again. In each issue we face there is a lesson, by finding and focusing on the positive in a situation you will help to speed up the process and be one step closer to living a life of Purposeful Happiness.
Purposeful Happiness is about doing what is right for you. It is about living life your way, and finding a way to make each moment matter. If you can help others along their journey, great! If not, well, don’t hinder it for them either. Not everyone is meant for fame, fortune or world-renowned greatness, but everyone will be great at something in their life. It is as important (if not more so) that you be happy with yourself, as it is that you help others find happiness. Do what you need to for you first, in the end it will light that path for those that are meant to follow.