Finding Your Purpose in Life Through Happiness

Wondering how to find your purpose or path in life?

I’ve mentioned before that your own personal happiness has ripple effects that extend outward and make not only your friends happier, but their friends and their friends’ friends, too. But did you know that, beyond increasing the global happy quotient, following your own happiness will also lead you straight to finding your life purpose?

What does happiness have to do with finding your life purpose?

The first thing to understand is that the reason happiness is so important to finding your life purpose is that deep down, at our core, that’s all any of us every really wants – to be happy. I’d even go so far as to say it’s a basic instinct and a basic necessity of life; we need to be happy like we need air to breathe. And if you doubt this statement, just think about how much goes wrong when we are starved of happiness: our stress levels increase, we become lethargic, we become mired in depression and anxiety, and even our physical health suffers. Likewise, in those times when we’ve been at our happiest, have we not all noticed that we had more energy, more enthusiasm and better overall health? (Think about the early days of a new relationship, for instance – how did your happiness affect other areas of your life?)

I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health. ~Voltaire

To put it bluntly: happiness is good for you, while lack of happiness is bad for you. Plain and simple, and yet so often overlooked in the “should”s, “ought”s and “have to”s that we tend to constantly subject ourselves to. For some reason, we allow the opinions of pretty much everyone else around us dictate the terms of our lives, at the expense of following our own instincts and inner wisdom. The problem is, even when we are able to ignore that whisper within us that tells us what we really want, even when we stamp it down in favour of what the world tells us we should or shouldn’t want, it doesn’t change the fact that we want what makes us happy, and that little voice is what leads us towards it. And when we ignore it, we suffer.

There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

We need to be happy. All of us. And that little voice inside that only we can hear, the voice that is unique to each of us, is what tells us whether something is right for us or not out of all the kaleidoscope of possibilities and avenues that are available to us. Listening to that little voice is the only way we have of navigating through that chaos of life choices to find the path that is right for us. It is the only way we have of finding our life purpose.

Your life purpose is to be happy

Figuring out what makes you happy is the only way of finding your life purpose; the two are inseparably tied to one another. That which makes you happy is what will lead you to what you are meant to do with your life. Discovering what makes you happy and then living it is why you are here. It’s why we are all here.

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. ~Aristotle

And the beautiful thing is that what makes one person happy is not necessarily what makes another person happy, so when we say to focus on what makes you happy, we mean exactly that. Your happiness is your own personal key to unlocking your destiny and figuring out what your passion, your path and your purpose in life are meant to be, and these will be different from anyone else’s; your purpose is as unique as you are. Which is why it would be such a shame to just give up on it; there is no one else on this planet who has your unique talents, your unique perspective, your unique approach to things, and your unique ability to shine your light in this world. No one can make a difference like you can. But you have to be working from your passion, because that is where your heart and soul are, and where you are free to be the best version of you that you can possibly be. And all of that is found in what makes you happy.

So many of us are caught up in the idea of seeking our “purpose” in life that we become overwhelmed trying to figure it all out and give up in defeat, settling instead for mediocrity, when really, it’s quite simple: your purpose in life is to be happy. Finding your life purpose is as easy as paying attention to the things that make you happy and then doing them because the things that make you happy are the Universe’s way of showing you your purpose; they are your guideposts, and a sure sign that you are on the right path.

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