What's important to you? What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? These seemingly simple questions are not always easy to answer, but digging into them is key for cultivating meaning and purpose in your life.
Cultivating meaning and purpose is the practice of finding and giving your life significance. It's about understanding what's important to you and living a life that's aligned with your values and goals. When you have a sense of meaning and purpose, you are more resilient in the face of challenges, you have a greater sense of self-worth, and you are more likely to experience positive emotions.
Identify your values and strengths
Pay attention to what brings you joy and what makes you feel fulfilled. Once you have a good understanding of your values and strengths, you can start to look for ways to live your life in accordance with them.
Set goals that matter
What do you want to achieve in your life? Having goals that matter to you gives you something to strive for and gives your life direction. Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone — trying new things can help you to discover new passions and interests. Your goals should be challenging but achievable, and they should be aligned with your values and strengths.
We are social creatures, and we need to feel connected to others in order to thrive. Find a community of people who share your values and interests. This could be a religious community, a sports team, a volunteer group, or simply a group of friends and family members who support you.
Give back to others
Helping others is a great way to find meaning and purpose. Find a cause that you care about and volunteer your time and skills. Or, simply be kind and helpful to the people in your life.
Taking the time to appreciate the good things in your life can help you to feel more happy and fulfilled. Make a habit of noticing and appreciating the little things, such as a beautiful sunset, a kind gesture from a friend, or a good cup of coffee.
Cultivating meaning and purpose is a lifelong journey of practicing being open to new experiences and learning from your mistakes. If you have been struggling to connect with meaning and identify what’s important to you in life, a therapist can help you dig deeper and build skills of self-love and self-compassion. At Salt River Therapy, our therapists are available to guide you on that journey. Click the button below to schedule a free phone consultation.