Live a Life With Purpose
Life without purpose can feel hollow, empty or just blah. But how do we find our purpose. Here we explore 10 things that tend to give people a sense of purpose.
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People who have a sense of purpose feel that there is some ultimate reason for their existence and so they feel good about how they are living their lives. But what gives people a sense of purpose is different for different people. Below, we explore 7 things that tend to give people a sense of purpose. Which ones work for you?
1. Social Connection
Probably the most important for our sense of purpose is having meaningful connections with others in our personal relationships, local communities, and/or societies. If this give you purpose be sure that your smartphone isn't hurting your social connections.
Many people feel a heightened sense of purpose from achieving success or power in ways that matter to them. How might achievement contribute to your sense of purpose? And how can you gain achievement if that is indeed important for you?
Especially among artists and creatives, the experience of self-expression can be key to gaining a sense of purpose. So if self-expression seems important to your purpose, decide how you'll share, show, or give yourself in ways that are fulfilling to you.
For some, fun, joy, and excitement are what life is all about and can generate a great sense of purpose. So take a moment to think of what gives you joy. How will you ensure that you spend time in ways that promote these emotions?
When we do things to positively change the lives of others, we make an impact in ways that boost our sense of purpose. So how will you make a difference in ways that matter to you?
6. Personal growth
By working on improving ourselves in any way, we can increase our sense of purpose. So how might you develop yourself? What skills or abilities do you want to master?
The admiration and attention we get can give us a feeling that we are valued and live a life of purpose. So what are some positive ways you could achieve recognition?
There are many things that can give us a sense of purpose. It's just key to find out which ones matter most to us and to start creating those experiences in our daily lives. So what gives you a sense of purpose?
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.