5 Ways to Approach a More Meaningful Life ~
“A meaningful life is not about being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect…it is about being real, being humble, being strong and being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others.”
Living a meaningful life is a widely held goal that motivates and measures every human being. A meaningful life is that point in our life that allows us to correct any mistake that we have done in the past. It’s not a matter of how long we have lived in this physical world but how well we have lived and what impacts and values we have left behind. As what Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung said, “A life without meaning is unlived.”
Here are 5 ways to approach a more meaningful life:
1. DEVELOP A SENSE OF PURPOSE
To live a meaningful life, you have to have a sense of purpose – a reason to get out of bed in the morning and to keep on going. It’s what makes you look forward to something as you start your day every day. We all need a far-reaching goal that motivates us and drives us to make a contribution to the world. Your purpose in life may differ year after year, but as long as it brings you joy and you are allowing your heart to be your guide, it’s still your purpose. Do whatever makes you happy, tap on the things that bring you joy and then follow your heart to do more of it. It really is that simple.
2. PRIORITIZE CONNECTION WITH OTHERS
Connecting and being close to others, family and friends enhance life’s meaning. Being close doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to live in an ideal and perfect harmonious family or social environment. What increases life’s meaning is the process of conflict with relevant others and the time that you have invested in making things right and overcoming those challenges and disagreements as it deepens and improves those relationships. Simply having those connections, give our lives a deeper sense of meaning even if there is stress involved that you cannot avoid.
3. AGING WITH STRENGTH AND DIGNITY
Living well and doing well increases the quality of our lives since it helps us improve our mental health, self-worth and self-confidence, thus, helps us to live longer. Getting enough sleep, good nutritional habits and regular exercise ensure good and stable health. Individuals who are healthy and fit are likely to reach old age.
4. FEELING BETTER IN MIND AND BODY
How you feel not only emotionally but physically as well is equally important. How you live your life affects how you feel. You feel stressed when you are not living well. Living well and making sure that those people around you are living comfortably lessen your stress. Having a meaning in life improves our immune system and go along with better health. Physical exercises make you fit, thus reducing chances of health issues. Practicing yoga can help you achieve a more positive outlook on life as well as attending gym sessions helps make you strong, confident and healthy by improving blood circulation properly.
5. BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD
If there is something you want to see more of in this world, then you should behave in that manner. To be a good leader requires an active mind, with a proper attitude and a healthy body. Be a good model for others to follow. Before you criticise others for a lack of compassion, make sure to behave in the most compassionate manner. Helping other people purifies one’s mind. People tend to reply in kind and they follow the good examples they see. Doing well and living well boosts leadership. So, if you want change; be that change.
Leaving a positive mark in this world is the easiest and best way to live a meaningful life. You may not have a reign over how long you will but you have the control over the quality of your life. You have the option to just take from the world or live a meaningful life where you make a contribution and leave some form of positive legacy where people can remember them fondly for the difference they made.