Stop Placing Happiness As Your Goal
Don’t get me wrong. I love feeling happy. However, happiness, like all other emotions, is an ever-changing state. It isn't a permanent state of being. The dopamine that hits us when we receive or experience something that makes us happy when quickly fade, leaving us constant in pursuit of happiness.
Understand the WHY Behind Our Actions
There are many things in my daily life that don’t bring me happiness. From constantly finding ways to model and teach good habits to my son, to dealing with mistakes made at work. As a startup owner and a full-time Mom, I’m constantly faced with challenges and mundane routines. Occasionally, this gets frustrating.
That is until recently, where I started focusing on the WHY.
Housework provides us with a beautiful environment to live and work in. The struggles of eating healthy will benefit me when I’m older.
Purpose is meaning, it is not a feeling!
Purpose. It's real. It's the key to a meaningful sense of self. You don't necessarily need to have a grand purpose. Purpose is about making sense of the small mundane roles we have to routinely perform in life. Putting meaning to every action is what it is all about.
How do I find meaning in mundane tasks?
Approach work and home situations mindfully. Keep a lookout on how you are contributing to yourself and others while remaining true to yourself. Practice:
- effort, and
- remaining commitment to with routines that initially can be frustrating.