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Last Updated on December 4, 2020

How to Live a Meaningful Life: 10 Inspiring Ideas to Find Meaning

How to Live a Meaningful Life: 10 Inspiring Ideas to Find Meaning
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It can be easy to run through the maze of life without pausing to think of its meaning…

How to live a meaningful life?

Does what I’m doing matter? More importantly, does it matter to me?

Feeling that what you’re doing has a real purpose and meaning that matters to you can make a huge difference in your life. It makes getting up each day the most exciting thing in the world.

You can’t wait to get started. Forget trying to force yourself to work hard, it becomes more important to remind yourself to take breaks to eat!

But how can we cultivate a more meaningful life?

The answer is usually complicated. It can depend on many factors.

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I’ve written down 10 ideas that I believe will help you find meaning in your life every day, so that you can’t wait to get up in the morning and see what the day will bring.

1. Know What’s Important

Know what’s important for you.

Write down your top 5 things that you believe are the essence of how you want to live life. This can include things like “family time,” or “sing every day.” It could also include more complex ideas, like “honesty” and “simplicity.”

2. Pursue Your Passion

I believe everyone should pursue their passion in life. It’s what makes life worth living, and gives our lives true meaning and purpose.

Each time you work on something you love, it creates joy inside you like nothing else. Finding a way to use your passions to give back to the world will give your life ultimate meaning.

If you can’t manage (or aren’t ready) to work on your passion for a living, be sure and make time for it every day. By working on your passion and becoming an expert in it, you will eventually have the opportunity to make money from it. Be ready to seize that opportunity!

3. Discover Your Life’s Purpose

If you had to give yourself a reason to live, what would it be? What would you stand for? What principles do you hold highest? Is your life’s purpose to help others? Is it to inspire others with great works of art, or you words?

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Finding your life’s purpose is a daunting task, and when I first heard the idea, I had no idea where to start. For methods on discovering your life’s purpose, I recommend reading the article What Makes Life Worth Living and How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up.

4. Be Self-Aware

Be aware of yourself and your actions. Remain mindful of what you do at all times, and make sure you are living life according to your principles, your life’s purpose, and what you are passionate about.

Review your actions each day, taking stock of those that strayed from your path. Work towards correcting any incidents in the future.

Meditation is a great tool for accomplishing this task. It helps us increase our self-awareness throughout the day.

5. Focus

Rather than chasing 3 or 4 goals and making very little progress on them, place all of your energy on one thing. Focus. Not only will you alleviate some of the stress associated with trying to juggle so many tasks, you will be much more successful.

Learn How to Stay Focused on Your Goals in a Distracting World. Try and align your goal with something you are passionate about, so that there will be an intrinsic drive to work hard and do well.

6. Spend Money on People More Than Things

Often, we are faced with wanting to buy material goods.

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I recommend you consider carefully what you purchase, and think more about spending your money on experiences with friends and family. Not only will this give deeper meaning to your life by focusing on your relationships rather than material wealth, but you will be a happier person as a result.

7. Live With Compassion

Both for yourself, and others. Keep in mind the following quote:

"One must be compassionate to one's self before external compassion" - Dalai Lama

    For some, compassion is the purpose of life, what gives it meaning, and what leads to ultimate happiness.

    8. Find a Way to Give Back

    Do something that both honors your beliefs and passions, while giving something back to the world.

    By giving something back, we inevitably find purpose in the act. By cultivating more of these activities, you will find your life has more meaning and purpose behind it.

    9. Simplify Your Life

    By simplifying your life, you’ll have more time to do what fulfills you and gives your life meaning. It can also help reduce stress and make your overall life easier to manage. It can also greatly improve your productivity.

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    If you’ve never tried to simplify things before, it really is a great feeling. Here’re some tips from Leo Babauta: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life Today

    10. Set Daily Goals

    In the morning, before you start your day, create a list of 3 goals that you find fulfilling and meaningful. Make sure they adhere to your set of principles and beliefs.

    Tackle the hardest things first! Don’t make this list too long. By placing too many things on the list, you’ll feel the urge to multi-task, which is not good, or you’ll feel overwhelmed, which isn’t good either.

    By trying to do less, you’ll end up doing more.

    The Bottom Line

    Doing all of these things at once may seem daunting, but you can pick one thing at a time and slowly incorporate the ideas into your life.

    Life is about the journey, not the destination. Living a life of purpose gives both fulfillment and meaning to your journey.

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      20 Invaluable Things Money Can’t Buy

      20 Invaluable Things Money Can’t Buy
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      George Lorimer contends,

      “It’s good to have money and all the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.”

      In reality, everyone likes money. It has enough power to determine happy or sad moments for some people. This happens partially because money can trigger your emotions. However, there are many invaluable things money can’t buy.

      Money will allow you to experience the luxury of things like a Tesla, an estate, or first-class tickets to anywhere in the world. But, money cannot buy you everything. There are aspects of your life, yourself, relationships, and encounters that forever will be priceless.

      So, what are 20 invaluable things money can’t buy?

      1. Love

      You must have seen this one coming because of how much it is preached throughout life.

      Love is a genuine action with beautiful emotions that develops between people who know each other to an extent.

      People fall in “love” for different reasons. Love is unconditional and keeps people in connection with each other.

      Money may earn you attraction and attention, but love? Not at all.

      2. True Friends

      Everyone likes to have money because there’s almost no way to survive if we didn’t have a cent or two. And it’s only normal for people to associate themselves with people who are making efforts to make the money.

      But sometimes, people are only attracted to what you have and what you can give; not who you are.

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      It works just like love. When your money runs low, true friends should remain.

      3. Family

      We all know that family consists of a father, mother, and children, so let’s consider the individual elements.

      A father is only a father as a result of the relationship between him and his child. Can money buy a relationship?

      The same concept applies to the mother and child and if a relationship with a father cannot be bought, then neither can one with a mother nor child be bought.

      Even if it’s an extended family, you still have to have a relationship with someone who connects you to the other person. It’s not rocket science.

      4. Wisdom

      Someone defined wisdom as “the mother of knowledge,” and how does one acquire knowledge? He or she receives it from experience.

      So, if you cannot buy experience, then you cannot buy knowledge. And if you cannot buy both, then wisdom is definitely out of your league. You have to study, meet people and just experience life to earn it.

      5. Happiness

      In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt,

      “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

        Mrs. Roosevelt even acknowledges things money can’t buy. She emphasizes that money can’t buy happiness.

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        Despite all the money a person may have in the bank, he or she still may not have the happiness that we all crave and deserve. Money cannot afford happiness.

        6. Health

        Money can help us afford the best health care services, but health itself? Not exactly.

        We’ve seen millionaires and billionaires lose their lives to a range of diseases that all their money put together could not cure.

        The Dalai Lama said,

        “What surprises me most is ‘man’ because he sacrifices his health to make money then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health.”

          So, besides the fact that it doesn’t buy us health, sometimes the pursuit of it takes good health away from us.

          7. Long life

          During birthdays, we wish people a long, prosperous and healthy life. Money would be the best gift to send to loved ones to buy these things.

          But since you can’t, you wish these individuals the best life has to offer. You may also give them fun and loving experiences without money.

          8. Time

          The universe has been impartial enough to give us all 24 hours to do whatever we want to. But nobody, with all his or her wealth, has been able to purchase an extra hour, not even a second.

          9. Respect

          They say it is reciprocal. In other words, you can only get respect when you give respect and the last time we checked, there was no money for respect.

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          So if you can’t give something in any currency, then you can’t receive it in any currency either.

          10. Character

          Character is the sum of a person’s attitude. Attitude has to do with the way you behave and although money can influence a person’s character, it cannot buy a good one.

          11. Confidence

          Any “confidence” built on money really isn’t confidence. It’s a shade of pride and usually ends in sheer show-off. That, dear friend, is not confidence. Confidence is a quality you build with time.

          12. Beauty

          There are countless beauty products in the market and all of them cost money. These beauty products can only enhance beauty by covering up blemishes and some go as far as altering some features of the body.

          But none has been able to change the natural beauty of anybody. If you consider surgery, then you are still altering the natural features, not changing it. You can’t buy good looks from your mother’s womb. It’s just not possible.

          13. Sense of Humor

          Some individuals are born with the gift to make others laugh. Most of the comedians around became wealthy as a result of their sense of humor.

          The humor did not come after the money. Nobody became funny overnight because of a swell in their bank account.

          14. Trust

          Why do you trust people? Because they’ve proved themselves to be trustworthy by character. Their character earned them that trust.

          15. Talent

          Talent is a natural skill that has to be discovered and honed. Just like beauty and every other thing that comes naturally, talent cannot be purchased.

          16. Purpose

          People attend conferences and seminars to help them discover their purpose in life. These conferences may be free or paid but the money did not buy them the purpose.

          They already had the purpose way before realizing that they needed to find it. Lots of poor people discovered their purpose and leveraged it to become rich. This goes on to illustrate that money can come as a result of finding purpose but it cannot get you the purpose.

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          17. Satisfaction

          If there’s one thing that money can never buy, it is satisfaction. Even if money finds a way to get any of the other items on this list, it can never afford satisfaction. Money increases our desire for more money. The more the money, the more the hunger.

          18. Empathy

          Never have we ever heard of a man who bought the ability to empathize and never would we ever because empathy is a feeling. Feelings cannot be bought.

          19. Peace

          Why do people employ sophisticated security systems? Because they want to have peace when they go to bed but even with all of that, peace has never been received in exchange for money. It comes as a result of a clear conscience and a good heart.

          Ironically, money may bring enemies which would end up disrupting your peace.

          20. A Good Name

          A proverb says “a good name is better than silver.” This is like comparing two different things: a name and silver (which could be referred to as money).

          What is a “name?” It is a form of identity and how is it received? Your way of life and character helps people to receive you.

          Conclusion

            Overall, these things are invaluable and confidently show that money can’t buy everything.

            While this is the case, money is necessary, so don’t quit your job just because it can’t buy you happiness. And do spend your money and time wisely.

            Also, go out of your way to make people happy. Their money can’t provide this needed emotion. Do not lose or mismanage your health trying to get money.

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