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Happiness Hack #71 – Find Ways to Matter

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We all want to matter and make a difference in the world. The best way to do that is to make an effort to help someone else.  Whether it is a working with a charity, helping a friend move, or just helping a co-worker get through a tough day, being able to make a small impact on someone’s life has a big impact on our happiness and how we feel about ourselves. Because of the chaos of life, we get caught up in our own challenges and what we need from others in order to be successful or happy. We lose track of what really gives us a deep sense of fulfillment and what really makes a difference in our lives. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, we don’t become fulfilled by focusing on and meeting our own needs. Rather than content, that leaves us empty and hollow. We evolved to be social and contributing members to our tribes, so our brains are wired to gain satisfaction when we help others improve their lives.

 

How can you help someone else? How can you reach out and make someone else’s day a little better? Find ways to matter and make a difference for someone else and you will be happier and more successful.

 

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My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

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Happiness Hack #8 Finding Meaning

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‘‘Man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life.’’ Frankl

One of the most common terms used in people’s definitions of Happiness is meaning. We are all looking for meaning in our lives. One of the best ways to find meaning is to make a difference in someone else’s life. Our challenge is we often measure the amount of meaning in our lives by the number of people who tell us we are making a difference. Unfortunately, in people’s busy lives they often don’t take time or don’t know how to stop and let someone know they made a difference. So we don’t hear how important we are often enough and sometimes get discouraged.
Don’t wait to hear that you matter from someone else. Don’t measure you ability to make a difference by the number of people who find a way to share their feelings of gratitude. Instead, just start helping people. Find people to smile at or give a hand to. Help someone who seems down feel better. Donate your time to a charity. Help a friend with a move or navigating through an emotional challenge. Find ways every day to make a difference for someone else, and you will be happier and live a more meaningful life.

“As humans, we actually require a sense of meaning to thrive.” Diener

 

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About 

My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

 

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