Some people are able to find meaning and purpose in their life from a young age, while for others this can take a lifetime.
Finding meaning and purpose is about being part of something you believe in that is bigger than yourself.
Research shows that people who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, get more out of what they do and feel more in control. They also experience less anxiety, stress and depression.
Here are some tips to help you find meaning and purpose in your life:
1. Find what you’re passionate about
What is it that lights your spark and really gets you excited and motivated? Is it a cause, such as climate change, or does it involve helping others? It could be an artistic endeavour, or it could be that your family is your passion and focus.
2. Do you have a calling?
Some people experience a “calling” towards a certain type of work. Originally the term referred to a religious calling, such as becoming a priest or nun. However, nowadays it could refer to other types of work such as teaching or medicine. If you feel particularly drawn towards a certain job or field, this could be your calling.
3. Get in touch with your spirituality
Many people experience the desire to connect with something greater than themselves. For some, this connection can be found through religious faiths such as Christianity or Buddhism. There are also non-religious ways to get in touch with your spirituality, such as meditation, connecting with nature or creative practices. Some people may be just beginning their journey of discovery. Being in touch with your spirituality can give meaning, comfort and purpose to your life.
4. A sense of belonging
Social connection is the experience of feeling close and connected to others and is recognised as a core human need. People who feel more connected to others have lower levels of anxiety and depression. Whether it’s family or close friends, or something bigger, like a feeling of connectedness with your community, having a sense of belonging can bring meaning and purpose to people’s lives.
5. Be of service
Volunteering and helping others is incredibly rewarding and can provide a great sense of purpose. Not only are you connecting with others in a meaningful way, you are also potentially changing their lives for the better, even if it’s only in a small way. There are also other benefits for the person doing the volunteering, such as learning new skills, meeting new people and gaining work experience.
- Be part of something bigger Action for Happiness, US