6 Steps to Find Happiness & Lead a Rich, Full & Meaningful Life
Happiness isn’t just a matter of feeling good.
If it were, drugs consumers would be the happiest people in the world.
Drug abusers aren’t the only ones trying to find happiness through a quick ‘fix’, most of us are trying to get a ‘fix’ on happiness.
We tend to engage in bad habits that, supposedly, should make us feel better.
However, these bad habits seem to make things worse, leaving us feeling guilty and regretful.
So what’s the right way to find happiness and lead a rich, full, and meaningful life?
This article contains 6 steps that will help you find happiness and lead a rich, full, and meaningful life.
Ready? Let’s get started!
How to Find Happiness & Lead a Rich, Full & Meaningful Life?
1. Focus on making your life rich, full, and meaningful.
Happiness has two different meanings.
The first one refers to a feeling. We all enjoy pleasure and gratification, so it’s no surprise that we’re constantly chasing them.
However, like the other feelings, happiness doesn’t last. And a life spent in pursuit of these feelings is simply unsatisfying.
The second meaning of happiness is a ‘rich, full, and meaningful life’.
When we identify our values and what we stand for in life and act accordingly, when we take action on the things that truly matter for us, when we move in the direction that we consider worthy, then our lives become rich, full, and meaningful.
This feeling we experience isn’t some fleeting feeling, it’s a powerful sense of well-lived life.
Despite this pleasurable feeling, such life will inevitably give us uncomfortable feelings such as sadness, anger, fear… it’s a full life with the full range of emotions.
2. Practice Acceptance.
Happiness is a combination of acceptance and action.
This means to solve the problems that can be solved and change what can be changed, and to accept what can’t be solved or changed, and to have the wisdom to know the difference.
Even when you need to take action, it’s far more effective to start from a place of acceptance.
In fact, the energy and time you would be wasting complaining are far more useful when invested in taking action.
3. Follow Your Heart.
In order to create a rich and meaningful life, it’s important to stop and ask yourself the following questions:
- What is most important to me in this life?
- What do I want my life to be about?
- What sort of person do I want to be?
- Where do I want my energy and time to flow had I not been struggling with my feelings and negative thoughts?
If you don’t have clear answers for these questions, identifying your core values can help you figure the next step for you.
These values are your heart’s deepest desires (who you want to be, what you want to stand for…), and your leading principles that guide as you move through life.
Living in line with these values allows us to experience a rich and meaningful life.
4. Values Make Life Worth Living.
Friedrich Nietzsche once said, ‘He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.’
All meaningful projects in life involve hard work. Whether you’re starting your own business, raising your kids, getting your degree… all these things are challenging.
Giving up becomes tempting, but this where our values come in. Doing something that is in line with your values, gives you a sense that your hard work is worth the effort.
For instance, if you value your health, you’ll be willing to endure the discomfort and exertion that comes with regular exercise. Even on the days when you don’t feel like exercising, your values will give you the will to ‘just do it’.
5. Take action.
A rich and meaningful life doesn’t spontaneously happen just because you’ve identified your values. You need to start taking action guided by those values.
For each area of your life (family, friendships, employment, education and personal development, spirituality, health…) reflect on what’s important to you, and pick one important area to start making a change in it.
Keep in mind that attempting too many changes in your life can feel overwhelming and make you give up.
However, usually, a change in one area will affect the other areas of your life.
Someone who quits smoking and starts running instead will experience an increase in his confidence and self-esteem and will perform better at work and other areas of his life.
6. Understand the difference between your values and your goals.
A value is a direction we keep moving in. It’s a way of life that never reaches an end.
For example, if one of your values is to be a loving partner, then it’s something that you’ll do for the rest of your life. The moment you stop being loving, you’re no longer living by that value.
However, if you want a good relationship, then that’s a goal. Once you’re in one, your goal is achieved. But if you want to invest in that relationship, to be loving, caring, and supportive, then these are your values.
It’s important to distinguish between values and goals. In fact, in our modern society, we tend to lead a goal-focused life.
Success is defined in terms of status, wealth, and power. We find ourselves falling out of touch with our values, and oftentimes we get caught up in goals that are not meaningful to us.
Therefore, no matter how much success we achieve, we find little to no satisfaction.
On the other hand, when we live a value-focused life, we set goals that are guided by our values and that are fulfilling and rewarding to us.
As a result, life becomes much more fulfilling, and we find deep satisfaction.
Did I miss anything?
Now I’d like to hear from you.
Which techniques from today’s post are you going to try first?
Or maybe I didn’t mention one of your favorite techniques.
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now!
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