Meaningful Life: Giving meaning to life means that we want to add purpose to our existence. Making life meaningful is like highlighting its significance. Many times in life we start feeling distressed and think that we are leading a life without any meaning.
This is the time when depression becomes a psychological disorder for us. We stop seeing any hope towards life. But how do we give meaning to life?
Should we continue living meaninglessly or should we try and make it turn towards a positive direction? The answer is definitely to make it turn.
There is no specific method of giving meaning to life. It is not a science but an art of living. It is all about how we prefer to live.
How to live a meaningful life?
Add a purpose:
The first thing that you need to do is find the purpose you are living. This can be the influence that you have on others or how your presence can make the different in someone’s life. You need to analyze your strengths, abilities, and capabilities. You try and write down points for reinforcing them in a better way. Look at yourself and see what you have done and what you are doing and what is expected from you. Identify a strong purpose for your life.
Identify what is important:
Find out what is most important for your life. Look through various stages of your life and see what made a difference. What were the things that made you happy and glad? What were the things that annoyed or frustrated you? It is always better to write such things down and make lists. It gives the person a better picture of his thought process. Different things may be important for different people. Some may like spending time with family, while others may cherish a sport or hobby. It all varies from person to person.
Go for what you like:
Once you have identified your significant likings, you need to list down the top few ones. Look at them and see which ones can you pursue. Always go for what you really feel strongly about. Pursuing your own passions in life will automatically add the meaning, purpose and value to your life. It will become worth living.
Many people believe that pursuing a passion is different from earning a living. But the best way is to make your passion your profession. This way you can do what you like the most every day and even make money from it.
Always look out for your own actions and reactions. Be critical of yourself. This allows you to evaluate your life and see where you can bring improvements and where you need to change directions. It’s a self-correcting process that can make life more meaningful and goal-oriented.
This is the best way to add purpose to your life. Make small goals and objectives. Sometimes even on daily basis. This will provide you a reason to live every day and struggle towards achieving that goal. It will also act as a morale booster and satisfaction multiplier when you attain those goals and objectives. In case you are unable to do so, the mind will persuade you to look into the reasons of failure and change or improve them.
Do not set too many or vague goals. Try working on one or two goals at a time. this will keep you focused and motivated. You will remain in control and would not lose direction during the goal setting process.
Always love people around you. Cherish their presence and enjoy their company. This will not only add meaning to your life but also to their lives. It always best to give importance to people and not things.
Start helping others:
If you are having difficulty in finding a purpose, then start helping others. Once you will love the people around you, you will also start caring about their well-being. Giving out in terms of money like donations and charities is a great way to feel satisfied and happy. But this giving out should not remain restricted by financial donations only. You can also give other people your time, efforts and happy company.
These were few ways and means by which you can add meaning into your life. There is no hard and fast rule as to how you should follow this process.
But remember to keep the people factor important in this struggle.
Living for others or helping others around you is a big purpose of our lives.
We cannot live in isolation and expect to get a meaning in our lives.