You may be wondering how to be awesome at life if what you’re doing now doesn’t seem purposeful enough. Maybe your life isn’t what you envisioned it to be, or perhaps you just feel stuck. First of all, you’re not alone if you feel this way. Secondly, there are things you can do right now to make your life more meaningful.
Know When to Let Things Go
Adopt a “Frozen” philosophy and know when to let it go. Recalling what personal or professional setbacks you have experienced in your life, dwelling on those negatives or playing the blame game is only going to prevent you from moving onto something new and potentially awesome. It’s healthy to learn from mistakes and have some self-reflection, but it’s just as beneficial to let go of things that drag you down.
Free Yourself From Others’ Expectations
It’s fine to get opinions from people you trust who are capable of offering constructive criticism or useful advice. What’s not so awesome is to get bogged down by expectations others have for you. Instead of trying to constantly please others, do what’s right for you. Once you free yourself from the constraints of trying to live up to other peoples’ expectations, you just might discover awesome things that truly make you happy.
Don’t Exclude Love
An extensive Harvard study of nearly 300 undergraduates over a 75-year period found that love is a fundamental basis for the kind of happiness that often leads to awesome things in life, like happy marriages and productive retirements. “Love” can be experienced as enthusiasm for what you’re doing now with your life, appreciation for your self-worth, or love for family members or a trusted partner. The mutual support you get from loving others also provides much-appreciated perspective on days when you’re not feeling as awesome as you normally do.
The answer to how to be more happy in life is going to be different for everyone. There will always be challenges and obstacles, but having a clear sense of purpose and a passion for what you’re doing in your life personally and professionally can make it easier to clear those hurdles and achieve your goals.