Living a life with some kind of meaning is a goal we all want to attain. It is something that has challenged scientists, philosophers and the like throughout the ages. But, maybe it’s not as difficult as it seems.
Though there isn’t one single answer, I believe there are 5 steps to living a more meaningful life.
We are so caught up with the stresses of our day, frustrations of the past and anxieties of the future, we often forget to be present in the moment and enjoy what life has to offer.
To start your day, find a quiet place to sit for 5 minutes and just breathe. Close your eyes, Feel the ground beneath you, allow the sounds to travel through your ear canal, feel your chest expand and fall with every breathe.
Ask yourself these questions: Am I a trustworthy friend? Am I a compassionate partner? Do I bring value to the world?
When you find your answers, act immediately and consistently with your answers.
We are who we want to be. By acting consistently, we are creating habits in becoming the person who we want to be, thus, becoming that person.
The biggest asset we have is time. One of the greatest ways to bring more meaning to your life is helping others in need. Volunteering at your nearest homeless shelter, helping your friend move, building a house with habitat for humanity, the list goes on and on.
When you volunteer your time to help the world become a better place it gives you an immense meaning to your life. You helped the world become a little better, that’s pretty amazing!
We need to get rid of our excess “stuff” to make room for the things that actually bring us value. We have become a society that recognizes people for the amount of stuff they have, not by how much value they bring to the world. A lot of our stuff is like an anchor; it weighs us down. At the end of the day, it’s just stuff.
Start by picking one room in the house, eliminate anything that does not bring you value. Drawers, closets, cabinets, everything needs to be cleaned out. Then move on to the next room. When you can declutter your home, you can declutter your mind.
Create something you are proud of. Find a hobby or start a new business. Having a passion will not only give us meaning, but it gives us purpose. It allows us to cultivate a skill. Just because you have a passion, doesn’t mean you have to make money from it. Finding a way to use your passion to help the world will give you tremendous meaning.
I love writing, in fact, it’s the reason I started this blog. This is my channel to cultivate my passion and deliver value to the world. What’s yours?
Kindness can bring warmth to life and can connect us all. Doing random acts of kindness will not only give your life more meaning, but can make the world a better place! One random act of kindness can trigger a domino effect and impact countless amounts of people.
So make an effort to at least do one random act of kindness today; lend a helping hand, give someone a compliment, buy someone a coffee, pay for someone’s groceries.
Like I said earlier, the biggest asset we have is our time. Why waste it on something you feel negative towards? Give one of these points a try and let me know how you feel.
What do you do to live a more meaningful life?