So just what are the keys to a happy and fulfilling life?
I found myself asking this very same question, throughout my entire adult life. In recent times the self-help genre has hit an all-time high and many seek to find the answers through books, inspiring seminars and life coaching sessions.
Don’t get me wrong, all of the above are awesome ways to grow and find out more about yourself, yet perhaps the problem arises when the scales are tipped. If we become tunnel visioned on only one area of our life, it could ultimately create an unhealthy life balance.
For example, we may make money and creating wealth our focus. We could potentially then find ourselves studying more degrees, in the hopes to become more educated, with the goal of finding a better job.
This could result in working more hours at the office, in the hopes to obtain a promotion, or even take on multiple jobs, in order to pay for a lifestyle that society has taught us we so desperately need to have.
Or maybe we’ve decided that money is the root of all evil and those material possessions and things, will simply never make us happy. We may have developed a preconceived notion, that those with money are greedy or even selfish.
This may ignite an inner urge, to work in non profit type role, and one that is completely focused on being of service to others. However the risk of such a role, is that over time you may be plagued with stress, or become disgruntled, when you realize that you are now in the same worrisome financial situation, as the very people you are trying to help.
Then there are those who have decided that life is for the living, we are all going to die one day and so we might as well live it up right? They spend their life having fun and doing a lot of it.
Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with whooping it up and doing what one’s heart desires, yet living life in such a way 100% of the time, may ultimately leave your conscience asking where on earth is my life going?
So what does all of this mean? That you shouldn’t live a life focusing on money, a life of being the 21st century’s version of Mother Theresa, or one filled with fervent fun?
Not at all! Truth be told, the very answer to an extremely happy and fulfilling life, may in fact lie in the conscious choosing to consistently do all three.
Imagine if you understood that having fun, doing good and making money, not only would make you extremely happy, it would also allow you to serve a greater purpose during your short time here on earth.
I truly believe that none of us were put here to simply exist and that we’re all capable of having an amazing life, while at the same time, one that positively impacts others.
If we all made a point, to have more fun than we’ve ever had before (and I totally believe that this involves embracing our inner child more often), then we may find ourselves living out our deepest desires and dreams, without feeling subconsciously guilty. This awareness would arise from an understanding, that coming up next, would be that time to be of service to others.
Woven into the fabric of our daily lives, we would make a choice to actively pay it forward, in both big and small ways and we would do it often. There is never a shortage of opportunities to help others and sometimes it’s as simple as smile, a hug, or even a kind word to a stranger. Such positive energy exchanges or “good vibes”, extenuate far beyond our mind and body and resonate on a much deeper level within our soul.
Making money would be the third key to living a happy life and when integrated with having fun and doing good, it merely becomes a way to a means. If we choose to view our job or making money as a tool and one that allows us to have more fun and do more good, we can recreate a new sense of enthusiasm, acknowledging that this is now only one of the three factors driving our lives.
Finally, there is no definitive order for which the proposed three keys to life have to work; they simply need to be in balance. Should you find yourself doing more of one and less of another, simply take note of the imbalance and then actively incorporate more of the other two. The great news is, that you are never too young, or too old to begin this.
Have fun, do good, make money and then most importantly “repeat”.