“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. A person's sense of resolve or determination.
Your Sense of Purpose is shaped by things you believe in and value – your own personal code of behavior. Sense of Purpose helps you live by those values. These might include things like:
• being a good friend
• helping others
• keeping healthy
• improving the community
• looking after your family
• experiencing the world by travelling.
What does it mean to have a purpose in life? If you’ve never really thought about it? People who have a strong sense of purpose in life live longer, healthier lives than those of us who just go on autopilot day in and day out. The good news is that a sense of purpose is something you can cultivate, starting today, with no special tools or equipment needed.
It is important to know that Sense of Purpose not only helps you to find and do things that add meaning to your life, it also helps when things go wrong. Sometimes life presents unforeseen events – like sickness or accidents – and sometimes, despite trying hard, you mightn’t achieve what you strived for. A healthy Sense of Purpose helps you to put those events in perspective, to refocus on the things that are meaningful to you, and to move ahead and enjoy life.
It’s important to cultivate a sense of purpose in multiple areas of your life so that when one area changes it doesn’t drive away your entire sense of purpose. For many people, their families provide a major sense of purpose. While strengthening those familial relationships is important, it’s equally important to cultivate purpose elsewhere as well. Religion gives many people a strong sense of purpose, but this is another area where you can’t leave all your eggs in one basket. Other interpersonal relationships outside of your family and your religion are just as important to cultivate in order to give yourself a strong sense of purpose in life.
For many, a career is probably the single biggest thing in which they intertwine their sense of purpose. Building a career can be rewarding, but there are also setbacks. Take caution when you feel yourself wrapping up your entire identity in your career accomplishments – when there are setbacks it can make you feel aimless, or when it’s time for retirement you may feel that you have lost your sense of purpose entirely.
People who have a strong sense of purpose experience a 15% lower risk of premature death. Sometimes cultivating your sense of purpose means you have to overcome a difficult past and reprogram your brain to be able to move forward with optimism. Setting goals and then working to meet them can actually prolong your life, and it’s something you can start working toward at any age.
Tips for Finding Your Purpose-
Donate Time, Money, or Talent
If there’s just one habit you can create to help you find your purpose, it would be helping others. Researchers at Florida State University and Stanford found that happiness and meaningfulness had overlap but were different: Happiness was linked to being a taker before a giver, whereas meaningfulness went more with being a giver than a taker. Being the “giver” in a relationship connected people with having a more purposeful life.
Listen to Feedback
It can be hard to recognize the things you feel passionate about sometimes. After all, you probably like to do many different things and the things you love to do may have become so ingrained in your life that you don’t realize how important those things are. Fortunately, other people might be able to give you some insight. There’s a good chance you’re already displaying your passion and purpose to those around you without even realizing it.
Surround Yourself with Positive People
As the saying goes, you are the company you keep. What do you have in common with the people who you choose to be around?
Start Conversations with New People
It’s easy to browse social media while you’re alone on the subway or sitting at a bar waiting for a friend. Resist that urge. Instead, take the time to talk to the people around you.
Explore Your Interests
Consider the conversations you enjoy holding with people the most when you’re meeting face-to-face. Do you like talking about history? Or do you prefer sharing the latest money-saving tips you discovered? The things you like to talk about and the things you enjoy sharing on social media may reveal the things that give you purpose in life.
Consider Injustices That Bother You
Many people have their pet causes or passion projects that surround an injustice in the world. Is there anything that makes you so deeply unhappy to think about that it bothers you to the core?
Exercises/Yoga poses for purpose finding: -
Side Plank (Develops Your Concentration Skills)
Wide Legged Forward Fold (One-Pointed Attention)
Corpse Pose (Calm Your Systems)
Essential Oils Therapy
Peppermint: used to boost energy and aid digestion
Lavender: used to relieve stress
Sandalwood: used to calm nerves and help with focus
Bergamot: used to reduce stress and improve skin conditions like eczema
Rose: used to improve mood and reduce anxiety
Chamomile: used to improve mood and relaxation
Ylang-Ylang: used to treat headaches, nausea, and skin conditions
Tea Tree: used to fight infections and boost immunity
Jasmine: used to help with depression, childbirth, and libido
Lemon: used to aid digestion, mood, headaches, and more
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