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A sense of purpose provides a framework for all that you do, whether it involves your work, your health or your personal relationships. Identifying and living out your sense of purpose promotes greater creativity, productivity and engagement.
One of the most important aspects of wellness is often the most overlooked: a sense of purpose. When you can identify and incorporate a personal sense of meaning into your daily life, even in small ways, you're more likely to feel content, fulfilled and at peace, even in the midst of everyday stress and times of challenge or upheaval. Your purpose doesn't need to be lofty — just take small steps to discover what makes you feel more energized and connected.
Chances are, you're already tapping into a sense of purpose, but you may not have fully recognized it. Think about the times when you have felt most energized or times when you were so engaged that you lost track of time. What were you doing? Who were you with? People typically find meaning when they feel connected to something greater than themselves. But that doesn't mean you have to end world hunger or discover a cure for cancer. Start by looking for the ways you find meaning in your work, your relationships, or your religion or sense of spirituality.
Perhaps your role as a mother or father brings you this sense of meaning. Or maybe you find fulfillment in your career or through your spirituality or nature. Look for the times when you feel most content and at peace.
Try these suggestions for discovering what's meaningful to you and bringing that into your everyday life.
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