How Can I Be Happy? Discover the Meaning of Your Life
Happiness is a skill that can be learned and mastered. It requires practice and commitment. Happiness takes as much practice as any other skill you chose to master…about 10,000 hours. The journey starts with a single step…
One of the 5 pillars of the PERMA positive psychology approach to a happy, thriving, meaningful life is knowing the meaning of your life. Here are all five pillars…
How Can I Be Happy? Learn Your Meaning and Purpose
Rollo May, noted psychologist, argues that meaning is a key piece of the happiness puzzle.
What is the meaning of your life? Having life goals which are personally meaningful is a major facet of happiness, according to Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at U.C. Riverside and author of The How of Happiness. Those folks who pursue wealth or fame won’t boost their satisfaction with life because, just like new possessions (think of the new BMW!), they bring only passing joy. This is due to the idea of the hedonic treadmill – you adjust to new situations and possessions remarkably quickly. Once you adjust, the happiness fades. On the other hand, goals that increase happiness are challenging yet attainable, involve personal growth, and have some internal value.
So, what is it you love to do?
In what areas of life does time seem to stop?
In which activities do you lose yourself?
On a daily basis, write down what went well that day and WHY it went well. Then look for patterns to discern what is meaningful for you.
Look at the answers to these questions to discern where your meaningful goals lie.
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