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Last Updated on December 1, 2020

What Is the Point of Life: The Reason Why You Exist

What Is the Point of Life: The Reason Why You Exist

What is the point of life? This is the question to answer all questions, and, of course, answering it isn’t as straightforward as any of us hope. People feel that there should be an X on the map of life that will tell them where to go and how to get there, but things just aren’t that simple.

Answers to this always-important question can be found in everything from science to religion, to our internal and external reality, to logic and the unknown. Where you ultimately find your unique answer depends greatly on where you come from, what your goals are, how you see reality, and what you really want.

In this article, I may not offer a definitive answer, but I’ll get you started on finding your own.

Understanding Our Perception of Reality

“We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?” –Niels Bohr

The first thing I noticed when pondering the question “What is the point of life?” was that my meaning would be inevitably different from yours. My answer would be true, yet false. Basically, our perception of reality will shape our answer to the question.

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Within our perception of the reality we live in, there are three components to look at: our external reality, our internal reality, and the unknown.

External Reality

Within our external reality, we have our culture and religion. Our culture is simply the environment in which we grew up, and include all the factors that influence us. One of the most powerful influencers is religion.

Religion can influence everything from what we believe to how we treat those around us to what kind of community we create for ourselves. However, religion is not the only part of external reality. Your culture, education, ancestry, family traditions, and friend groups all help make up your external reality and combine to create the unique individual you currently are and ultimately will become.

Each of these factors will help you answer “What is the point of life?”

Internal Reality

Within our internal reality, we find our desire. Within our desire, we find our intuition and purpose. Our intuition is our guide and is brought about by our desire, and our intuition will lead us to our purpose. Think of those internal feelings we have, where our gut reaction is trying to tell us something through life lessons.

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Since the path to our meaning in life is not clear, you can use your intuition to guide you. Follow those “gut feelings” as they are speaking to you, and you may just find something you never knew you needed.

If you were to strip away your external reality and everything influencing you on the outside, it would certainly be easier to tap into your internal reality, but that’s not how it works. They work together to push you towards your goals and purpose when you start asking “What is the point of life?”

The Unknown

This leads us to the unknown. Our lives are based on what we know and believe, and yet the things we don’t know (and never can know) far outnumber those we do. Accepting that there are things we can never understand can feel frustrating, yet it can ultimately lead us to a sense of peace and openness to others and their ideas.

What Is the Point of Life?

There are several ways you can combine the above ideas into an answer for “What is the point of life?” beyond simply saying that the point is to just stay alive.

Living With Purpose

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments – as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

The meaning of life is found when we understand our true reality. The true reality projects our internal reality to our external world. When we discover our purpose, we find that the meaning of life is simply to live toward our chosen purpose.

Once we find our purpose, we then have a reason to live and remain alive. This does not mean to live for other people. It has to be larger than that, so that your purpose and meaning never die.

You can learn more on how to find your purpose here. You can also watch the following video to learn more about your life’s purpose:

Fine Tuning Our External Reality

Your external reality will influence every aspect of your internal reality. If you find that you are depressed or unfulfilled or feeling “empty” in some way, this may be reflecting some lack in your external reality.

Perhaps you don’t have good friends to support you through tough times. Maybe your education has left you with little direction regarding what you like and don’t like. Perhaps you’re working at a job that has left you feeling lifeless as it offers you no challenges to overcome.

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If you want to improve your internal reality and sense of purpose, you’ll need to take a long, hard look at which part of your external reality is throwing things out of balance. Once you do this, your purpose will likely become much clearer.

Find Some Gratitude

In the meantime, while you try to answer “What is the point of life?” you can give your internal reality a boost with a good dose of gratitude. Even if you aren’t sure of your purpose or which direction you want to go just yet, there are things in your life you can feel grateful for in the present moment that can lead to an enjoyable life.

Research has shown time and again that those who practice gratitude become more optimistic and are happier with their lives overall[1]. This doesn’t mean they have everything figured out, but it does mean that they’ll be happier as they search for the answers.

You can learn how to cultivate gratitude by reading this article.

The Bottom Line

What’s the point of living, then? The answer is that there is no one answer for everyone. The idea is that you combine your external and internal reality, accept the unknown, and tap into your life’s purpose. Your personality, skills, goals, and desires are what will ultimately act as the compass to help you find that.

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When you discover your purpose and find the answer to help you live the rest of your life, you’ll add a meaningful contribution to the world that will echo into reality long after you’re gone. When we combine each echo left by each person, the great song of life emerges to form every bit of beauty we see around us. Use the above information to begin forming your echo today.

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[1] Harvard Health Publishing: Giving thanks can make you happier

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There Is More to Life Than  ____________

There Is More to Life Than  ____________

I decided to leave the title of this article open ended, because I’d like you to fill in what words best fit that blank. We’re all unique individuals from different walks of life, and in different stages of life; so, that sentence will have a different meaning for each of us.

If you’re a busy working professional, why are you working in the job that you have now?

Is it because it’s something you’re passionate about and brings you a lot of satisfaction? Or, is it because you studied that in college and just found a job that hired you for those skills? Perhaps it’s because of the money that you’re earning, or know you can earn down the line?

What if you’re about to retire? You’ve got, say, 2 to 3 more years before you hit your ‘deadline’ for retiring. Have you done all that you’ve wanted to do in the past 30-40 years? Any unfulfilled goals or dreams? Are you happy with the outcome of your life to date, all the decisions and/or risks that you’ve made thus far?

I’m sure many of us started working after college in hopes of earning a good living–to be financially stable and able to afford the ability to experience and do things that we love. We start establishing a career, and with time, tick off boxes on our bucket or ambition list. As you look back on the last couple of years, just how much of your time has been spent doing things that you enjoy and love–the things that give you a great sense of fulfillment and meaning?

Have you become a slave to the economy, a slave to your work, or a slave to your kids? Or have you found a balance between work and pleasure?

When is Enough Ever Enough?

Sadly, many of us live to work.

Realists would argue that if you truly want to work to live, you still need the finances to back that up. No money no talk. That is how the world runs today. So if you don’t earn or make enough dough, it’s hard to truly enjoy life; it’s hard to be happy without money.

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So, in this quest to provide just that, many of us end up spending our whole lives pursuing wealth and a life of status and material wants. But, is it ever enough? Is there such a thing as having too much money? And, at what expense?

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Many wealthy entrepreneurs, millionaires and even billionaires have come to agree that money doesn’t bring you all the happiness in the world. It’s good to have, but it doesn’t truly satisfy all desires. There comes a point where you would have ‘had it all’ and still feel a sense of emptiness: an empty void that needs to be filled, not with money or material possessions.

So the question is then, what more is there to life if not for financial stability, status or material possessions?

How do we make work a part of life instead of having it consume our life entirely? Perhaps we need to go back to look at the word life itself.

What is Your Purpose in Life?

What is the nature of life? What does life mean to you? Is there a purpose?

If we seek jobs, all we will find are jobs. But if we have a sense of purpose in how we are productive; if we seek a calling, then we will find more than a job. We will find our contribution to humanity and we will find more to life. Would you agree?

Research has shown that having purpose and meaning in life increases overall well-being and life satisfaction, improves mental and physical health, enhances resiliency, enhances self-esteem, and decreases the chances of depression. So it should be noted that to be happy in life isn’t always enough, because happiness is a surge of emotions that does not last. Instead, it’s more important to find and have meaning in life.

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Meaning is not only about transcending the self, but also about transcending the present moment. While happiness is an emotion felt in the here and now, it ultimately fades away, just as all emotions do; positive affect and feelings of pleasure are fleeting. The amount of time people report feeling good or bad correlates with happiness, but not at all with meaning.

Have You Been Going on a Wild Goose Chase?

Ironically, the single-minded pursuit of happiness is leaving people less happy. “It is the very pursuit of happiness, that thwarts happiness”, according to Viktor Frankl, a famous Austrian Neurologist and Holocaust survivor. Going back to the common example of pursuing riches in order to be happy is exactly what makes many so unhappy.

So again, look at the statement “There is more to life than ______.”

Have you answered it meaningfully? If you’ve read on this far, and are now wondering how to take that first step to figuring out what your true purpose is in life, fret not; I’m here to help you reframe your mind and actions, so that you can embark on a journey of finding true meaning to your life.

Everything that you can do and accomplish in life are bounded by the Life Multipliers. These are the true essentials needed to achieve excellence. They’ll put you on a path that gives great meaning and satisfaction in life. And, the best thing of all? They already exist in each of us. We just don’t always make the most of it, or sometimes we aren’t even aware of the power that each of these skills have to help us in life.

On it’s own, each skill is unique and can help you through different stages of life, or problems. But as a whole set, these 7 Cornerstone Skills will give you full transformation over any situation. No matter what phase of life you’re in, what you’re striving to achieve, or what feel you’re lacking, your pursuit of meaning in life will be much faster when you’re able to make use of not one, not two, but all the Life Multipliers.

The Life Multipliers

So let me give you a glimpse into what these Life Multipliers are.

1. Self-Empowerment

This refers to sustainable motivation and confidence about what you want to achieve. It means being clear about your purpose and knowing how to stay motivated during adversity.

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2. Self-Control

With self-control, you can consistently set clear goals and follow through your plan. It means knowing how to build constructive habits and routines that support your goals.

3. Renewable Vitality

A person with renewable vitality is physically fit and healthy. They exercise regularly, eat well, and know how to look after themselves.

4. Emotion Mastery

A person with emotion mastery can manage and change the way they feel and cope with situations. They are also able to reframe negativity into positive actions.[1]

5. Conscious Communication

With conscious communication, you understand others’ ideas and are able to express and deliver your own thoughts and feelings clearly.

6. Smart Focus

With smart focus, you’re able to get things done in the most effective and efficient manner. You’ll know how to take control of your time and energy by working smart.

7. Learning and Adaptability

With learning and adaptability, you can quickly master any knowledge and skill. You’re also able to respond to change swiftly and never stop growing.

8. Constructive Thinking

With constructive thinking, you have a clear mind. You know how to utilize your brain power to solve problems and be creative.

Are You Ready to Live Your Best Life?

The simple fact is, that if you can sharpen these Life Multipliers, you will realize that finding meaning in life, or reaching the goals and ambitions that you’ve set out for yourself, no matter what stage of life you’re in, is very attainable.

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There is no magical method to having life figured out. The skills have always been there since day 1, you just need to know how to use it to the best of your advantage.

And I’m here to show you just how you can do that. Lifehack is all about equipping you with the best and most effective ways to increase your productivity, motivation and focus to achieve true Purpose in life, in as little time as possible.

Embark on a transformational journey with us as we show you how to learn and improve your Life Multipliers so that you’ll come out a new person, ready to either pursue your existing goals at a much quicker rate, or to find new goals to pursue without being limited by time, age or responsibilities.

If you’ve been wanting a change, or been stuck in a rut for a while now, here is your chance to get started on pushing towards progress again.

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