What gives your life meaning and purpose? Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

    By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.

    Have you identified your life’s meaning and purpose?

    People can go through some incredibly challenging times if they have a good enough reason to do it. But even the simplest tasks may be overwhelming if you don’t see a good reason to do what you’re doing. Another name for your meaning or purpose might be your passion. Is there something that you are passionate about?

    A few people are fortunate; they discover their meaning and purpose for life early on and then devote the rest of their days to pursuing that purpose. Some people find their life purpose after a series of trials. I think it’s sad when I see people who have lived their whole life and never discovered anything that gave their life meaning or purpose. If you haven’t put some time into thinking about this, I would encourage you to do so.

    The work you do may give your life its purpose.

    For some people, the work they do is their life’s purpose. Other people work a job, so they have enough money to support themselves and their family, and then they spend every available moment pursuing their passion. Your life’s work doesn’t necessarily have to be the same thing you do for your paycheck. Just make sure that what you devote your life to doing has some meaning.

    Relationships are an important source of meaning and purpose.

    Caring for others can give your life its meaning. This can be a child, a pet, or an older person. Caregiving, loving, and being loved are significant sources of meaning. Few relationships will be with you your whole life. Make sure you put effort into maintaining your relationships with partners, family, and friends. However long that relationship is a part of your life, it needs to be nurtured. When you look back on the life you’ve lived, ask yourself, “have my relationships been a source of meaning and purpose?”

    Religious or spiritual beliefs can guide you to life’s meaning.

    For some people, the anchor that holds them to a purposeful life is their spiritual beliefs. If this life is all there is, then it’s essential to live it well. But if you believe in a life after death, then this life should be a process of growth and perfecting yourself. Do your best to live your life in a manner that is consistent with your spiritual beliefs. Feeling connected to something greater than yourself is a significant contributor to a life full of meaning and purpose.

    More things don’t equate to a more satisfying life.

    In this era of rampant consumerism, it’s become apparent that having more things does not equate to more happiness. Having more resources certainly provide you with more options. But money and things do not equal happiness. Every day you hear about some rich and famous person whose life was empty and meaningless. It’s not the things you have but what you do with those things that matter.

    These days people are focusing more on getting rid of things, decluttering, than on accumulating them. Once a year, our city has a citywide cleanup day. On that one day, the city residents pile all their unwanted items out onto the street to be hauled away to the dump. One curious feature of this free trash removal day is at the piles of refuge are higher and wider in the poorer parts of the city. The pleasure you get from buying things is temporary.

    Volunteering can be better than having.

    Doing for others can be a significant source of life’s meaning. Being of service to others pays dividends long afterward. The things you buy can end up owning you, but the acts of kindness you give away will be with you forever.

    Have you found your life’s meaning and purpose? If not, don’t you think it’s time you started your search?

    Staying connected with David Joel Miller

    Seven David Joel Miller Books are available now!

    My newest book is now available. It was my opportunity to try on a new genre. I’ve been working on this book for several years, but now seems like the right time to publish it.

    Story Bureau .

    Story Bureau is a thrilling Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic adventure in the Surviving the Apocalypse series.

    Baldwin struggles to survive life in a post-apocalyptic world where the government controls everything.

    As society collapses and his family gets plunged into poverty, Baldwin takes a job in the capital city, working for a government agency called the Story Bureau. He discovers the Story Bureau is not a benign news outlet but a sinister government plot to manipulate society.

    Bumps on the Road of Life . Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low motivation, or addiction, you can recover. Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of how people get off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.

    Dark Family Secrets : Doris wants to get her life back, but small-town prejudice could shatter her dreams.

    Casino Robbery Arthur Mitchell escapes the trauma of watching his girlfriend die. But the killers know he’s a witness and want him dead.

    Planned Accidents  The second Arthur Mitchell and Plutus mystery.

    Letters from the Dead : The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.

    What would you do if you found a letter to a detective describing a crime and you knew the writer and detective were dead, and you could be next?

    Sasquatch . Three things about us, you should know. One, we have seen the past. Two, we’re trapped there. Three, I don’t know if we’ll ever get back to our own time.

    For these and my upcoming books; please visit my Author Page – David Joel Miller

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    What gives your life meaning and purpose?
    According to Drageset, Haugan, and Tranvåg (2017), there are four main experiences that encourage meaning and purpose in life: Physical and mental well-being. Belonging and recognition. Personally treasured activities. more
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    Tracheal intubation (TI) is commonly performed in the setting of respiratory failure and shock, and is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the intensive care unit (ICU). It is an essential life-saving intervention; however, complications during airway management in such patients may precipitate a crisis. more
    What does life stage mean?
    Life Stages refers to the different phases of life that all individual pass through in a normal lifetime. These are the stages (interests, actions, behaviors) that are common and uniform throughout the human race such as infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, mid-life and old age. more
    Does intubated mean life support?
    Tracheal intubation (TI) is commonly performed in the setting of respiratory failure and shock, and is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the intensive care unit (ICU). It is an essential life-saving intervention; however, complications during airway management in such patients may precipitate a crisis. more
    What words mean new life?
    give new life to
    • modernize.
    • reconstruct.
    • refresh.
    • regenerate.
    • reinvigorate.
    • renew.
    • renovate.
    • restore.
    What does unremarkable life mean?
    If you describe someone or something as unremarkable, you mean that they are very ordinary, without many exciting, original, or attractive qualities. more
    What is mean life and half life?
    Half life is the time taken for the radioactivity of a substance to fall to half its original value whereas mean life is average lifetime of all the nuclei of a particular unstable atomic species. more
    What does financial life mean?
    Financial life planning seeks to help clients strike a balance between the two sides and hence enable them to live life to their full potential. Traditional financial planning focuses solely on the quantitative side-that is budgeting, estate planning, insurance coverage, retirement savings, taxes, and so on. more
    What does domestic life mean?
    adj. 1 of or involving the home or family. 2 enjoying or accustomed to home or family life. more
    What names mean life?
    Boy Names That Mean Life
    • Anastasius, Greek, means “rebirth” or “resurrection”
    • Ankur, Hindi, means “new life”
    • Beathan, Scottish Gaelic, means “life”
    • Bion, Ancient Greek, means “life”
    • Can, Turkish, means “life” or “soul”
    • Caner, Turkish, means “brave man's life”
    • Chaim, Hebrew, means “life”
    What is the difference between mean life and half-life?
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