Finding meaning, satisfaction and that thing, or things, that make our souls sing are crucially important for our health and happiness, but it can prove as difficult to find as the loch ness monster. We all crave a life that is engaged and vibrant, that is full of passion and fulfilment but how do we find it amongst all the noise?
Our meaning is our direction in many ways, our guiding light that ignites after we have taken the time, and given ourselves the space, to explore to the point that we trust in our feelings enough to let them lead the way. This exploration leads to a deep-rooted knowledge of who we are and this forges our identity and our character.
Meaning gives added direction and value and eliminates our previous, and catastrophic, worry of what other people think. After all, we know who we are and what we want. We can feel when something is right and when something is wrong. We know when something is important and when something is not.
When we have meaning, purpose, value and substance we start to act in ways that are more in tune with who we really are. Meaning and purpose comes on the back of a commitment to create time and space to explore ourselves. When we fail to delve deep into our inner-workings we can sometimes lack aspiration. This can result in an overly outward facing mindset, a mindset that leaves us scratching for happiness on the surface, but never beyond it.
“You cannot dream yourself into character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
We all want meaning, some have it in abundance whilst others never grasp it. So, how do we find meaning? We find meaning by exploring and immersing ourselves into every little aspect of life, by connecting with ourselves on a deeper level than we are accustomed to.
So here it is - The 1 habit of really satisfied people - THEY DO GOOD!
Doing good deeds are powerful in so many ways; they make us feel better by releasing endorphins - the feel-good chemicals of the brain. They reduce stress, improve mental health, motivate us, lead to more happiness and even increase our life expectancy.
Scientists have found that performing an act of kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise tested.
Here is the practice to build your new habit:
Find one kind thing to do today or tomorrow and just do it. Notice what happens to your mood.
By simply getting in the habit of doing one good deed a day we bring greater meaning, purpose and value to our lives. And it feels good! A good deed doesn't have to be an elaborate or time consuming plan, it can be something as simple as picking up a piece of rubbish and throwing it in the bin. It can be giving up your seat on a packed bus or train, helping a stranger with something, stopping and answering a question instead of rushing past, no matter what it is just do one good deed and experience the difference it makes in your life. These simple acts can do wonders for our community and transform our personal lives and our overall life satisfaction.
If you want happiness for an hour—take a nap. If you want happiness for a day—go fishing. If you want happiness for a month—get married. If you want happiness for a year—inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime—help others.
~ Chinese Proverb
If we fail to dive head first into our life we might fail to grasp why we are here in the first place.
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