The title of this post is something philosophers have debated since the beginning of antiquity, and so of course, the topic it relates to is quite broad. That said, sometimes, simplicity is key, and we believe that can apply to whatever answer you generate for yourself, too. In other words, don’t worry, you won’t need a primer on philosophical thought from the beginning of history to now to be satisfied in your day to day life, although the subject can be interesting.
Often, it’s good to think of questions like this in terms of contributing ‘pillars.’ For instance, if you hope to get fit and healthy, you look at the pillars of your lifestyle, such as what your diet is like, how much sleep you’re getting, if you have any vices, and how often you exercise. Each pillar struggles to stand without the others.
When it comes to general life satisfaction, the same could be said. In this post, we’ll delineate some of those, and hopefully inspire food for thought:
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Comfortable Shelter & Provisions
Having a comfortable and secure place to live is one of the most basic human needs for a happy life. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs places it near the bottom. A cozy home, ample food and water, and a safe environment are essential for our physical and mental well-being. A person with access to basic amenities is more likely to feel content, secure and less stressed. Adequate shelter and provisions offer a sense of stability and freedom from worry, allowing one to focus on other aspects of their life that contribute to happiness. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you need to live in luxury or have no rental payment due to feel happy, but having this basic comfort is important before you can begin to think long-term. No matter if you live in the most beautiful Meriton Apartments or a house share for now, using that stability to get your next foot forward is important. For some, keeping up with this can take some time, and it’s a good purpose to focus on.
Finding Your Purpose
A sense of purpose gives meaning and direction to our lives. It is the reason we get up every day and keep going from then on. A person with a clear purpose knows what they want, where they are going, and how to get there.That said, it’s not always easy to find your purpose, while some seem to carry it since they were born. It’s okay if it takes some time for you to find it. The process itself can be part of your purpose. If you feel as though life is a little textureless, it can be worth focusing on your purpose, or asking yourself sincerely, perhaps over a year, what it could be.
Constant, Incremental Growth
Humans have an innate desire to learn and grow and move forward from then on. Achieving our goals, developing our skills, and discovering new things contributes to a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, which can be tremendously satisfying. Don’t worry, linear progress is not possible, but if the overall trend helps you grow, then it will grant happiness.. Consistent progress in different areas of our lives leads to personal growth, increased self-confidence and resilience. It could be learning a new language, starting a new hobby, or pursuing education or training that you choose to focus on. Regardless, always having something on the burner helps you feel engaged in life, and you will be.
With this advice, we hope you can start moving towards that satisfaction you deserve.