This came as a big surprise to me, as she, and most of her friends seemingly lived a great life. Her children were healthy and doing well in school, and in life. She had a great husband, and lived well. From the outside, it seemed there was nothing lacking in her life.
So what was missing for her to feel truly happy? She couldn’t seem to put her finger on it. It made me realize that happiness is not related to what we have in terms of material things, or even to having a healthy family, friends, or beauty.
It can help to remind ourselves how fortunate we are and to stop and feel gratitude for what we have, but the ultimate sense of happiness goes beyond being grateful.
I believe that true happiness is directly linked to being connected to our life purpose.
I think Mark Twain said it well, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born…and the day you find out why.”
When we are aligned with our calling – with something that engages us, connects us with our passions and values and where we get to use our talents – we feel energized, alive and excited to get up in the morning.
When we live according to our purpose, it gives our body, mind, heart and spirit a great sense of wellbeing. For this reason, I think that what brings us the greatest sense of joy and happiness is to identify our purpose and live in alignment with who we truly are.
It takes courage daring to walk our own path and following our heart’s desire.
Remember, “you were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to life out your purpose and to do it fearlessely.” Dr Steve Maraboli