US residents are not happy. In fact, happiness has been on a slow but steady decline since 1993. Why is this a problem? Well, aside from being miserable, people who are unhappy, or even only moderately happy, may feel like they’ve lost their passion for life. Fortunately, there are ways to increase happiness and reignite that spark.
Getting grounded is one of the most important first steps of reigniting passion. Getting grounded requires you to be active and present in your life, and it helps you to discover your “why” and balance your emotions.
Forbes suggests you do this in four steps:
- Find the thing that makes you come alive.
- Identify your inner strengths.
- Know your value.
- Figure out how to measure your life.
Once you know these things, you’ll know what your best life looks like. Avoid setbacks with the use of mindfulness techniques to rein in any stress or depression that may arise during your progress.
No one person has all the knowledge and tools they need to be happy, follow their dreams and reignite their passion for life. It takes external input. Books, movies, TED Talks and online communities are all great places to look for input. And the best part? Whenever you feel like you’re lagging, you can get a new book or watch a new video.
You also behave and feel differently depending on the people you hang around. Business strategist and best-selling author, Tony Robbins, says, “You are who you spend time with.” If you hang out with people who are passionate about life, you’ll be more passionate. Negative, unmotivated people will bring out the same unpleasant qualities in you.
Finally, you must do more if you want to be passionate. Volunteer for that fundraiser. Call your friends up to go see a movie. Get involved! Do what you love and, above all, be consistent. Consistency is the key to success in anything you choose to pursue.
If you’re not sure where to start, make small goals to get involved. Let’s say you want to begin a new hobby. Do one small task related to that hobby. When you successfully complete it, celebrate it. Doing so will create a positive feedback loop that can make you feel good about yourself and spur you on to your next goal.
If you’re struggling to be happy, to find your purpose or to be passionate about life, you can do something about it. Figure out your “why,” and then work toward being the person you want to be. A zeal for life begins with one simple step. Seize the opportunity and reclaim your passion today.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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