5 Benefits of Having a Purpose

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Knowing why you are a biped Earthling is not a significant issue for everyone, but for many people it is. If you thrive on feeling purposeful but do not know what that means for you, it can steal your sleep, crank up your anxiety, or dampen your mood until life is disrupted.

There is no law that says you must know your purpose in life, but there are several benefits in having one. As long as your purpose touches on innate motivations, passions, and interests, it will be energizing.

1. Purpose Helps Us Grow

Even if you are not focused on personal growth, following a passion may require you to act in ways normally considered too scary or risky. By stretching beyond your usual limits, you will develop skills, or mature in some way. A purpose can push you to make difficult decisions and learn to be flexible or stand firm.

2. Purpose Strengthens Our Sense of Self

Working to fulfill a purpose encourages you to trust your feelings, thoughts, likes, and dislikes. After all, it is your purpose and you are in charge of it. Purpose also gets the different aspects of yourself to read from the same page. It focuses your talents, skills, character, imagination, and even shadow qualities so they function in a more integrated way.

3. Purpose Helps Us Decide

A purpose can be a North Star, something to guide you in decision making. Knowing where we want to go narrows our options. You can weigh decisions by their likelihood of keeping you on your purposeful track. On days when feeling out of sorts, confused, or at loose ends, there is always your North Star to look up to.

4. Purpose Provides a Sense of Accomplishment

Your purpose may be very broad such as spreading kindness to everyone you meet, or it might be more specific such as starting and running a successful pet grooming business. Whatever yours may be you will know at the end of each day if you were true to your purpose. A successful day provides a self-esteem strengthening sense of accomplishment. (Wandering from our purpose teaches us self-forgiveness.)

5. Purpose Helps Us Prevent or Manage Depression

Having a heart felt sense of purpose provides a measure of resilience for those slipping into a depressed state. When depressive symptoms are intense and life seems worthless or meaningless, a remembered purpose raises hope. The memory of feeling passionate about anything will help you believe in better days.

 
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