According to Business Insider, the number one thing that people regret on their deathbed is feeling like they lived their life for someone else, not the life they wanted to live. In light of this, it’s super important to get clear on your own personal values so that you can live a purposeful life. Having purpose makes your days feel brighter, and gives you a reason to get going every morning. When you feel that your life has purpose, you can live up to seven years longer, according to this study on the earth’s Blue Zones. How do you find your purpose? Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be a huge, crazy thing. It can be as simple as spreading joy to the people around you or accepting yourself wholly.
If living longer and feeling brighter wasn’t enough incentive to find your purpose, there are tons of other benefits. In this very recent study, scientists found that a sense of purpose is associated with a better night’s sleep. Before you pop an ambien, try journaling, meditating, or spending time in nature to figure out what you feel called to do. Additionally, maintaining a sense of purpose builds your self-confidence. This famous Ted Talk by Simon Sinek explains the importance of starting with your WHY before anything else. Understand why you are here and everything else will fall into place. Interestingly enough, this will also affect the people around you. As they say, “your vibe attracts your tribe.” Figure out what you are here for, and the right people will start coming into your life faster than you know it. As an added bonus, the people in your life will automatically become happier when you become happier, and everyone wins.
Overall, knowing WHY you are living life will ultimately give you fulfillment and joy unlike any other. That ache in your soul will disappear once you figure out your purpose. It’s not a magic switch, however. It takes constant practice and effort to remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing. Life is all about personal growth, and knowing your purpose helps to speed that process up and make it WAY more fun. Whatever your purpose might be, it’s important to make it a daily habit so that you can create a happy and exciting life for yourself day by day.