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Do you ever feel like something is missing in your life? If so, you’re not the only one. The truth is, I sometimes feel unfulfilled even though I’m very well aware that I have a good life. Perhaps I’m not spending enough time on things that bring me joy … or maybe I’m overthinking things (in my head too much). The truth is that this is a common feeling as people search for their purpose in life.

What Is Life Purpose?

Life purpose is a popular topic because many people struggle to find their self-worth and reason for being. While finding your life purpose may sound cliche, research studies show that having a strong sense of purpose can increase your lifespan. Life purpose is the idea that guides your decisions, thoughts, and emotions. It shapes your habits and gives your life meaning. The life purpose for many people relates to family or work. 

Importance of Life Purpose

Many people struggle in life because they don’t have a purpose. They may feel the need for something to guide their decisions. When you have a purpose in life, you may feel confident in your decisions. Goal setting is easier because you have something to fulfill … a course to pursue. A purpose creates a sense of self-worth and fuels your life with meaning. 

According to a 2014 study, researchers learned that developing a sense of well-being, or purpose, can contribute to health and wellness. A positive outlook on life can also increase your lifespan because you find meaning in your past, present, and future. 

Benefits of Life Purpose

You don’t have to have a great plan or compare your plan to that of someone else in order to cultivate a life purpose. It’s best to focus on your unique desires and goals. Choose a purpose that is meaningful to you and something you can enjoy working towards. Doing this will provide you with many additional benefits that support your mind, body, and spirit. 

1. Forming Healthy Habits

A 2021 study showed that having a solid life purpose can promote healthy habits. These habits include exercise, nutrition, strong relationships, and enjoying favorite activities. When you have strong goals, you can feel more confident to create healthy habits and stick with them. 

2. Deeper Relationships

Living life with purpose makes it easier to cultivate and maintain deep and lasting relationships with family and friends. People who struggle to find their place in this world may also struggle to form deep relationships. 

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3. Sleeping Better

Do you need help to form good sleep habits? A study in 2017 revealed that older adults who developed a life purpose were able to create healthy sleep habits, which contributed to a healthier lifestyle. They experienced better sleep quality and fewer sleep issues like sleep apnea. 

4. Promotes Longevity 

There is plenty of literature and research on how to increase your lifespan. Did you know having goals and focusing on life’s purpose may promote longevity? According to a study, people with a life purpose have a lower risk of chronic illness and premature death. They also have a lower risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease.

5. Improves Mental Health  

Having a life purpose may lead to reduced depression and anxiety, according to research. People who struggle to find meaning in life can struggle with feelings of loathing and feeling lost. However, focusing on your goals and meaning in life can help you focus on others and your place in the world. 

How to Find Your Life Purpose

Now that we’ve explored the meaning and benefits of having a life purpose, let’s explore the steps to make it happen. While everyone has different goals and a unique purpose, these are a few steps you can try to help you craft your life purpose.

1. Choose Your Tribe

Having a group of cheerful people is essential to finding your meaning in life. Did you ever hear the saying, “You are the company you keep.”? There is a lot of truth in this statement. Surrounding yourself with people who will speak positivity in your life will make all the difference in working toward your goals. 

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2. Meet New People

Meeting new people may initially feel awkward, but it’s one of the best ways to find your life purpose. Starting conversations with new acquaintances can unlock your creative potential and help you find your purpose. It will help you explore new opportunities for growth in your career and life.

3. Consider Feedback

Listening to feedback from other people is a most helpful tool for self-improvement. Even if you have a purpose, seasons of life can cause you to lose focus. Listening to feedback from other people can help you find your passion and remind you of your goals.

4. Try New Things

Exploring new things and discovering what you love to do can also help you find meaning in your life. Consider things you love to do or something you’ve always wanted to try. Spend time by yourself or with your tribe doing the things you love to do. As you explore new or favorite activities, write your thoughts and feelings about them. You’ll discover something wonderful leading to your life purpose. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Life purpose is how you view your place in the world
  • Finding your life purpose is essential for a healthy mind, body, and spirit. 
  • Discover your life purpose by trying new things and meeting new people. 

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