Ever wonder what your purpose in life is?
Or asked why you are here on this big, beautiful planet? You are not alone.
The Japanese call it ikigai. Costa Ricans call it plan de vida. It is the reason why we want to get up every morning. There is undeniable evidence now of the importance of having a purpose in life.
3 reasons to find your purpose in life.
1. Gives you a reason to get up every morning.
Having a purpose in life can make you more excited to get up in the morning. When you have a purpose in life, you have greater focus, direction and connection to yourself and others.
This, in turn, gives your life more meaning because you will feel like you are doing something bigger than yourself. You feel truly passionate about what you are doing.
Your purpose in life does not have to be something grand and elaborate. It can be something that gives you meaning, joy and pleasure. Such as creating care packages for the homeless, teaching small kids how to play soccer or tending to your garden everyday.
2. Helps you to live longer.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at the association between life purpose and mortality among U.S. adults older than 50 years. The study revealed that people who had a well defined life purpose lived longer than those who did not.
Not only that, people who had a purpose in life enjoyed better physical and mental health. They had less inflammation, which is associated with less chronic disease.
Consequently, they were less likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, gastrointestinal problems and cancer.
3. Makes you happier.
When you have a purpose in life, you are more likely to be healthier and happier. Your purpose is in alignment with the things that give you joy and pleasure.
It not only gives you a sense of satisfaction, but it makes you want to give back and help others. When your energy is raised, you will feel a greater connection to the people and the world around you.
Being happy motivates you to want to stay well and healthy. This, in turn, will open opportunities for you because you want to live life of excitement and adventure.
3 simple ways to find your purpose in life.
1. Follow your bliss.
It starts with a curiosity. When you follow your bliss, you follow what makes you feel joyful. You might find it scary at first. This is okay.
You cannot make any mistakes if the choices make you truly happy and fulfilled. This, in turn, may lead to greater happiness and alignment with your true purpos.
Helpful article: 6 simple but powerful steps to follow your bliss.
2. Know yourself better.
Find out who you are so you can find your purpose in life. Getting to know yourself better will help bring you into alignment with who you truly are. Grab and pen and paper and answer the following questions.
What do I love?
What are my talents?
What are my skills?
What did I want to be as a child?
What are my strengths?
What are my weaknesses?
What are my beliefs?
What are my values?
Where do I see myself in a year?
Where do I see myself in 5 years?
Where do I see myself in 10 years?
Helpful article: Know yourself, simple steps to find the true you.
3. Become intentional
Having intention will help you to find your purpose in life.
One step you can take is to make a list of GOALS for yourself.
Write down what you want to experience and accomplish. Was there something that you always wanted to learn but did not have the time to do so? Or was there a place you always wanted to explore but did not have the means to do so?
Go ahead and write them down. The sky's the limit. Writing down your goals will help set your life's purpose in motion.
Another step is to TAKE ACTION.
This step goes hand in hand with creating your goals and may help to bring your passions to life.
Fear and doubt will creep in when it comes following your dreams because we are hard wired this way. It requires a tremendous leap of faith and trust in yourself and in the process of life.
Ask yourself these questions:
What will I gain if I follow my passion?
What will I lose if I do follow my passion?
A purpose in life and the American dream.
I was raised in a family where both mom and dad commuted long distances to jobs that they worked for 40 hours a week. It was grueling. My mom would always say it was a sacrifice she was willing to make because she was able to buy her dream home and afford material things that she didn't have growing up.
Later, I found that raising 3 kids while working part time was stressful, to say the least. My commute to work was a mere 5 mile drive. My basic needs were met and I lived the American dream. Yet, I thought, this is it? All my wants and needs were met and I still felt unsatisfied. I could not imagine living the rest of my life this way.
My own purpose in life and finding meaning.
As a result, I started to question everything I had worked for. What did my life mean and what was my purpose?
First, I let go of things that were not satisfying anymore. Then I did an internal inventory of the things that brought value and meaning to my life. I simply decided to focus on those.
Over time, I noticed that I felt more calm and satisfied. Then I became aware of the things that brought me more joy and pleasure.
I still have wants and desires, but now I know that these urges are simply that. What remains are the core beliefs and values that I've come to recognize and hold with purpose and meaning.
Having a purpose in life may have an overall positive impact on your life. It gives you a good reason to get up each morning because you become excited about life. Studies have shown that having a purpose adds years to your life because it makes you happier and healthier. It aligns you with your true self and helps you create a life with more meaning and satisfaction.
Stay blissful and I hope these tips will help you to find your purpose in life!