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Balancing The Tight Rope Of Your Personal And Professional Life

Balancing The Tight Rope Of Your Personal And Professional Life

One of the things most important to human beings is family. Merely, a family brings joy and happiness in a person’s life. Human beings are nothing without love, sacrifice and social emotions. Emotions of joy, happiness, despair etc. make our lives colorful and happening.

The book Promise me Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purposeis heart-warming, breathtakingly beautiful and wonderfully written by former Vice President of USA Joe Biden. He has breached the personal boundary of his life and revealed all his secrets to readers, allowing them to connect to the spirituality and emotion of this book.

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    Promise me Dad is a spiritual, emotional and motivational journey that leads to the personal barricade of Joe Biden’s life. The main theme of the book is to highlight the importance of achieving a balance between a personal and professional life. The book allows readers to live every second of Biden’s life, and depicts the importance of family traditions, customs and most importantly family relations.

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    Why are human emotions important?

    The best way to create a balance in our personal and professional life is to trust on our instinct and believe our emotions. Emotions play an important part in our life and who else can understand our emotions other than our own family? Human emotions are important to bring a certain balance in our lives. Alongside the professional success, a person should be successful in his personal life as well. A well balanced life leads to success and happiness. Promise me Dad is a wonderful implementation of this thought provoking idea. The book tells us about the importance of maintaining the social as well as personal balance in our lives.

    This book tells us how hope and purpose can make our actions a guidance for us to experience the good moments of our lives amid the personal or professional loss that has happened to us.

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    Reading duration: 5 hours 37 mins

    GetPromise me Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose from Amazon at $12.15

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    Last Updated on April 23, 2019

    The Key to Happiness and Leading a Fulfilling Life

    The Key to Happiness and Leading a Fulfilling Life

    If I ask you “what is happiness?”, then what would your answer be? It’s probably difficult to come up with a simple answer. Yet, here you are, looking for a key to happiness and how to lead a fulfilling life.

    The truth is that a universal key to happiness is a myth.

    That doesn’t mean that you should stop looking for yours right now, it only means that you need to be careful when reading articles about “a key to happiness”. The universal key to happiness is non-existent because happiness is one of the most difficult things in life to define.

    How Do You Define Happiness?

    Now, let’s go back to that difficult question: “what is happiness?”

    Have you thought about it already? Let me give you an example of how hard it is to define happiness.

    Right now, I’m drinking a cup of coffee while writing the outline of this article about how to define happiness. Am I happy right now? Yes, I’m feeling pretty happy:

    • I’ve got nothing to worry about.
    • All my basic needs are met.
    • My family, friends, and girlfriend are all happy as well.
    • The weather is nice.
    • I’m going outside in a couple of minutes to go for a walk.

    These things are all making me feel pretty happy right now.

    By that logic, let’s define my happiness as follows:

    “Happiness is when I’m in a worry-free state, the weather is nice, everybody I know is alright and I can enjoy a hot cup of coffee.”

    Voila. There it is. My definition of happiness.

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    The keys to my happiness are obvious now, and I know enough in order to lead the happiest life I can. I just need to focus on the things I listed above.

    Your Definition of Happiness Changes over Time

    Wait a second… If it were this simple, then why have I ever been unhappy?

    You might have guessed it already, but I made a very simple error. I assumed that what makes me happy today will make me happy for the rest of my life. And that’s just wrong.

    Happiness is something that not only changes from person to person, but it’s also constantly evolving from day to day. This is why happiness is such a difficult concept, and why there’s not a single “key to happiness”.

    Whoever tells you otherwise is likely not aware that people change, and that people don’t always share the same values, goals, and purposes.

    How to Find the Key to Happiness

    Define What Happiness Means to You!

    For a minute, I want you to do consider your own happiness. I want you to think back of last week, and consider what things you did that had a positive effect on your happiness.

    What things had a significant influence on your mood? What comes to your mind?

    Was it spending time with your friends? Was it a great movie you watched? Did you attend an exciting sports event? Or did you enjoy sipping hot coffee on a sunny Wednesday morning? It could obviously be just about anything!

    It’s important to realize that all these things were part of your “key to happiness”. Your happiness was defined by these things, and you just measured a small part of that.

    Does that mean you now know all the answers? Do you now know how to live the rest of your life? No. But you do know what things made you happy last week, and that’s very useful information when determining your own definition of happiness to build on.

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    If you consciously keep track of what factors determine your happiness, then you are more likely to find out just how much your definition of happiness can vary from time to time. This knowledge can help you find your key to happiness.

    A Personal Example

    You see, even though happiness is claimed to be the factor of life that’s the most difficult to measure, you can still measure how you define your own happiness each day. It’s simple.

    For me personally, when I think back of last weekend, I remember that I really enjoyed spending time with my girlfriend, walking through the woods on a sunny day and just relaxing (a.k.a. doing nothing!)

    These are happiness factors that were a vital part of my happiness definition this weekend. I had just survived a long and busy week at work, so I was really trying to find some easy enjoyment. The things that I did this weekend were perfect for the occasion, as it was a very happy day for me.

    If you were to ask me what the key to my happiness was that weekend, I’d give you the following answer:

    To spend quality time with my girlfriend, being able to enjoy the good weather while being carefree and relaxed.

    While this is unlikely to be the key to your happiness for the rest of your life, it is a pretty good start.

    You can do exactly the same. All you need to do is to define your own happiness from day to day.

    Find Your Purpose in Life

    The next step to determining your key to happiness is to determine the things that give you purpose. You will live a fulfilling life when you’re happily tracking towards a purpose. Something that you’re passionate about.

    Let’s use the previous example of my key to happiness. Will I be happy for the rest of my life when I focus exclusively on a relaxed and carefree feeling? Probably not, because it will not lead to a very fulfilling life. Not for me, at least.

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    There are some things that drive my actions in a much bigger sense than only my daily, short-term happiness. For some people, that purpose could be:

    • To take care of a loving family
    • To build a successful company
    • To climb the highest mountains
    • To be rich and famous

    You have to find out what your purpose in life is in order to truly determine your key to happiness. Only then will you be able to define a sustainable plan that will make you both happy and fulfilled.

    It’s important to know that you can find your purpose only when trying out new things. This is a crucial part of finding your key to happiness. You can’t read an article online (like this one) and suddenly learn about what your key to happiness is!

    The same thing goes for finding your purpose. You can’t expect to find your purpose without trying new things. People stumble upon their purpose in life in lots of different ways.[1]

    Combine Your Purpose in Life with the Keys to Your Happiness in Order to Lead a Fulfilling Life

    Now, this might sound like a mouthful.

    A purpose in life x keys to your happiness = fulfilling life?

    It’s actually really simple. Let’s take the following example:

    I’ve found that my purpose in life is to become the CEO of a great and powerful charity (I know, I know…)

    I feel a purpose and sense of accomplishment when working towards these goals. However, should I therefore sacrifice everything in my life in order to reach that purpose? Should I work 100 hours a week, disregard any relationships and use sleep medication just to fall asleep under the stress?

    Nope. If I do that, I might reach my purpose, but I won’t still be happy.

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    However, if I spend the rest of my life similar to how I spent my last weekend (enjoying the sun and walking through the forest) I will also miss long-term happiness. That’s because I won’t feel like my life has a purpose.

    Your key to happiness and the purpose of your life need to compliment each other. They need to be in balance.

    Destination = Happiness = Journey

    You’ve probably heard the saying:

    “Happiness is a journey, not a destination”.

    Think of the destination as your purpose, and think of the journey as the things you do that make you happy (the keys to your happiness).

    You can’t spend your life running (or sprinting) towards your destination, because you’ll forget to enjoy the journey.

    At the same time, you can’t head out on your journey without having a destination in mind.

    That’s why I believe your happiness is a product of both the journey and the destination.

    Or in other words, you need to combine your purpose in life with the keys to your happiness in order to lead a fulfilling life. This will allow you to create a road map – a specific and concise plan – that will help you determine how to best lead your life. If you’ve done that, you’re ready to steer your life in the best direction possible!

    Final Thoughts

    The most important thing to remember when trying to define your keys to a happy and fulfilling life is simple:

    There is no universal key that leads to your happiness. That’s because your happiness is unique in each and every single way. What you can do is:

    • Realize that you can define the factors that make you happy.
    • Know that your happiness – and the factors that influence it – change over time, and so will your “key to happiness”.
    • Find out what your purpose in life is. You can only do this by trying out many things. You can’t learn this from simple reading an article!
    • Combine your purpose and the things that make you happy in order to get the best idea of how to steer your life in the best direction possible!

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