This Is How To Unlock Meaning In Life: 4 Proven Secrets - Barking Up The Wrong Tree
Awe-inspired people feel a diminished sense of their own importance compared to others, and they abandon the conceit, which many of us have, that they are the center of the world.
There are experiences that provide that feeling of just how big and amazing life is. Going out in nature is one of them.
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Meaningful work is when we feel a genuine connection with what we do for a living and our larger spectrum of life.
It is motivating, creates deep relationships and helps others.
Research shows that more than 50% of American workers feel disengaged at their jobs.
Research also shows that motivation is very important to feel engaged. Motivation predicts career success better than intelligence, ability, or salary.
We find motivation when something is meaningful. Meaning is much bigger than the enjoyment of a moment. It can include something we don't like. Soldiers risk being killed every day to serve their country. New parents handle poop daily for years.
Meaningful things give us purpose. This means doing something that serves a larger cause than yourself or, at least, making a contribution in your own world.
When a task you have to do doesn't seem meaningful, reframe your experience. You may not always be able to change what you have to do but you can change how you view it. When you look at it in light of how it helps others, you'll often find motivation.
You're not "filling out boring paperwork, you're helping people get the insurance that could save their life. You're not slaving over a hot stove, you're showing your family how much you love them.
Since the 16th-century Protestant Reformation spawned the work ethic, many believe that the job gives meaning, purpose, and structure to their lives. More than 50 percent of American workers today “get a sense of identity” from their job.
But as technology improves and more industries become automated, there's a good chance we'll have less work. With less work, it is important to answer the question of meaning in life and from where will it come.
Meaning may be found in self-transcendence (or devoting one’s efforts and energies to something beyond oneself).
Though there are many ways to become part of something bigger, two of the most powerful ways are pursuing mastery and performing acts of kindness.
Aristotle wrote that the fundamental part of a meaningful life is found in mastery, be it art, intellect, or athletics. Pursuing excellence is not always pleasant and requires exertion, not constant entertainment.
A study found that people who continually developed themselves scored higher on assessments of life satisfaction and self-esteem than those who did not.