A purpose in life is not just a dream or goal that you wish to achieve in the future. It is more of a tool that can help us lead a better, happier, healthier life. Unfortunately, even when we have a successful career, a loving family, and strong social relationships, we feel those boxes left unchecked.
According to an analysis conducted by The New York Times, only around 25% of American adults believe that they have a clear sense of their life purpose ✅ Trusted Source Khullar, D. (2018, January 1). Finding Purpose for a Good Life. But Also a Healthy One. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/upshot/finding-purpose-for-a-good-life-but-also-a-healthy-one.html .
But, is it necessary to have a purpose in life? Recent studies by Applied Psychology reveals that people with a purpose in life have a sense of control over everything ✅ Trusted Source Kobau, R., Sniezek, J., Zack, M. M., Lucas, R. E., & Burns, A. (2010). Well‐being assessment: An evaluation of well‐being scales for public health and population estimates of well‐being among US adults. Applied Psychology: Health and Well‐Being, 2(3), 272-297. . This helps them to be focused and achieve more in life than others. They also seem to live longer than others ✅ Trusted Source Steptoe, A., Deaton, A., & Stone, A. A. (2015). Subjective wellbeing, health, and ageing. The Lancet, 385(9968), 640-648. .
So, how can we understand our own purpose in life? Here are some strategies that can help you reveal your purpose and give you a more meaningful life.
Listen to Feedback
We all have trouble finding mistakes in the things we love. That is why feedbacks are necessary to keep us moving on the right track and pace. Reach out to people who can give you valid feedback to help you improve. It can also help you understand how people think about you.
Engage With Positive People
Think about the people you spend time with- outside of work and family. If the people around you are making positive changes in their life, the more chances for you to draw inspiration from them. If you are surrounded by negative individuals, they might drag you down from making changes in your life. Always remember that you are the company you keep.
Make New Social Relationships
It’s easy to browse on social media pages and add someone new to your friends-list. Unfortunately, that long list is not going to enrich you in any way. Engage with people in real, face-to-face conversations. They are more valuable and help you discover new interests. Ask them about their works, new projects they have been part of and organizations with which they are involved.
Exploring New Interests
We follow many pages on Instagram and Facebook that we show interest to. But, when was the last time we took a deep-dive into these interests. Take paintings for example. You really love paintings and you want to know more about them. Try visiting an art gallery, talk to artists, join a weekend art class or learn it yourself. Understand that there are immense opportunities waiting for you in your every interest.
Volunteer for Social Services
Donating a little of your time, money and effort for any social works can help you better understand life. Helping others, donating money to causes you care about or working for non-profit organizations can make you feel that there is a purpose to your life. It enriches your soul and keeps your mind calm and happy.
Fight For A Cause
There are many injustices happiness in our world. There are many who fight for such causes, including animal welfare, environmental issues or civil rights issues. Find something that deeply upsets you and learn more about it. Understand what is going on with it and be a part of the fight if you feel like it.
Invest In Your Hobbies
Life is all about doing what you truly love to do. Consider a hobby that you love doing. It should not need to be something of great value or acceptance. But, something that you can have fun doing. Invest your time and effort to sharpen that skillset. It would be better if the hobby is something entirely different from what you do for a living.
Khullar, D. (2018, January 1). Finding Purpose for a Good Life. But Also a Healthy One. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/upshot/finding-purpose-for-a-good-life-but-also-a-healthy-one.html
Kobau, R., Sniezek, J., Zack, M. M., Lucas, R. E., & Burns, A. (2010). Well‐being assessment: An evaluation of well‐being scales for public health and population estimates of well‐being among US adults. Applied Psychology: Health and Well‐Being, 2(3), 272-297.