What is meaningful in life

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What's the meaning of life?

If you ask this question to Apple's voice software "Siri", it will give you "42" for the answer. This answer is of course stolen.

From Douglas Adam's book "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". D.The supercomputer “Deep Thought” gives the answer to the question “about life, the universe and all the rest” after 7.5 million years of computing time.

Mmm, but we won't get any further. But the question is important. And all too easily it happens that we run through the labyrinth of life without worrying too much about that question. In the daily stress and the many tasks and duties, questions about the meaning easily get to the edge.

Often it takes a real crisis to wake up.

  • The partner is leaving us.
  • At work you lose your motivation or even your job.
  • Illness forces you to think long hours.

And then there are two main questions that arise:

"Does what I do matter?"
“And - is it important to me?

Feeling that what you do has a real purpose and meaning that is important to you can make a huge difference in your life.

It makes getting up every day the most exciting thing in the world - instead of a daily torment. Because you can't wait to get started. Perhaps you forget to eat regularly in between because you are working on something exciting. Or in the evening you can't be attracted to the new series on Netflix because you know something more important.

But how can we live a more meaningful life?

I've already written about this on this blog. And through the sense approach of Tatjana Schell.

The answer is usually complicated. It can depend on many factors. I've written down 10 ideas that I believe can help you find a little more purpose in your life each day, so that you get up in the morning curious to see what the day will bring.

1. Know what is important

Know what is important to you. Write down your 5 most important things that you believe are the essence of how you want to live life.

This can include things like “1 half hour with my partner” “,” or “Singing for 1/2 hour every day, making music, listening to music”. It can also include more complex ideas like "Do something that scares me" and "Get rid of 3 unnecessary things".

 

2. Follow your passion.

Doing what your heart hangs on is what makes life worth living and what gives our lives meaning and purpose.

Every time you do something you love, you experience satisfaction and joy. Finding a way to use your passion for something to give back to the world will give your life meaning.

If you manage to make a living with your passion - wonderful! If not, make time for it every day. By working on your passion and becoming an expert at it, you may at some point have the opportunity to make money from it. Be ready to take this opportunity!

3. Discover your meaning in life.

If you had to say why you are here in the world? What is your "job"? What is most important to you in life? What would your answer be?

The most common answers people give to this question are:

  • There is no point.
    And cite philosophers like Nietzsche and Schopenhauer as prominent proponents of this position. But nihilism seldom makes you happy.
  • The meaning is in my religion.
    Many people find meaning in a life that is mediated by the respective commandments of a religion or spiritual orientation.
  • The point is in the search for happiness.
    Most people are motivated by the desire to avoid suffering and achieve emotional states that are as positive as possible. But studies show that even people who are beaten by the most adverse circumstances and with a lot of suffering find their lives very meaningful.
  • The meaning lies in work, in love and in play.
    Most people will probably agree with this definition. Work gives us structure, secures our livelihood and can give us meaning. Love for other people satisfies our need for belonging and trust. And all forms of play remind us that life doesn't always have to be serious.

4. Live more consciously.

We live on autopilot for a large part of the day. This is very practical and has to do with our brain.

But when you start looking for your purpose, you have to get out of the routine of the autopilot. And become more aware of yourself and your actions.

That means specifically; Ask more often what you are doing - and why you are doing it. What are your motives, your fears, your hopes that are behind them. In this way, over time, you will come to live your life more according to your principles, your purpose and your passion.

Review your actions more often by taking stock of when you have strayed from your path. Work to ensure that you correct such behavior in the future. Mindfulness is a great tool to accomplish this task. It helps you to increase your awareness.

 

5. Say no more than yes.

If you say yes too often to something you don't really care about, you will have less and less time and energy to do the things that really make sense to you.

Focus. Not only will you have less stress from stopping trying to juggle so many tasks. You will also be more successful in what is really important to you. Try to balance your goal with something that you are passionate about so that you have an inner drive to pursue what it is about.

 

6. Value people more than things.

The promise of capitalism is: “Buy this - and you will be happy!” It doesn't matter whether it's the new Nike shoes, the iPhone or a car.

You know yourself that this promise only lasts for a short time. After a few weeks it's just sneakers, a velvet phone, a roof over your head. Thehedonisticadaptation ensures that we quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness after a strongly positive or negative life event.

Think more carefully about what you are spending your time and money on. In the long run, things are not experienced more meaningfully, but experiences made, especially those with friends, partners and family.

 

7. Develop more compassion.

More meaning usually has to do with people. The more you connect with other people, the more satisfying your life will be too. To connect with people, you need empathy. So the ability to empathize with others. To feel what moves others, is afraid or happy.

The basis for compassion for others is first of all being friendly with oneself, i.e. self-love.

The Dalai Lama says:“In order for a person to be able to truly develop compassion for others, he or she first needs a foundation on which to cultivate compassion. That foundation is the ability to be connected to one's own feelings and to take care of one's own well-being. Caring for others implies caring for yourself. "

For some, this compassion is the meaning of life, which gives it a deeper meaning.

8. Give something back to the world.

Most of what you are today is made possible by what the world has given you.

Food, water, air, schools, streets, houses - and above all, the actions of other people. If you want to bring more meaning to your life, do something that reflects your beliefs and passions, while also giving back to the world. As a result, you will connect more with people and life and inevitably find meaning in what you are doing. As you cultivate more of these activities, you will find that your life becomes more meaningful and richer.

 

9. Simplify your life

By simplifying your life, you will have more time to do what fulfills you and what gives your life meaning. It can also help reduce stress and make your entire life easier. It can also greatly improve your productivity. If you've never tried to simplify things, it's really a great feeling.

 

10. Set daily goals

In the morning before you start your day, make a list of 3 goals that you meet and that make sense to you.

Make sure they adhere to your principles and beliefs. Don't make the list too long. If you put too many things on the list, you will feel the urge to multitask, which is not good, or you will feel overwhelmed, which is also not good.

If you try to do less, you will end up doing more.

The most important thing is that you get started.
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