How To Live a More Fulfilling Life
Ways To Lead a Fulfilling Life
We hear a lot about living a happy life. But what about how to live a more fulfilling life?
I don’t think anyone has ever asked me if I feel fulfilled.
Happiness is a word that is definitely thrown around quite a bit more than fulfillment.
I think many of us fall into a sort of trap in life. We look at our lives and think that we should be happy.
We have X, Y, and Z and that equals happiness, right? Not exactly.
Being able to check things off a list is great but that is not the path to a truly happy and fulfilling life.
Now, I do think that happiness and fulfillment are related. They are like chips and dip. Peanut butter and jelly.
Lasting happiness comes from creating and living a fulfilling life.
Fulfillment is like the backbone that builds up happiness.
Think of happiness as more of the feeling at the surface and fulfillment is what keeps happiness afloat.
Fulfillment is the deep end of the pool!
One more thing before we take a much deeper dive into this topic.
I think the concept of a happy and fulfilling life comes with some baggage.
It is very easy to think that building this amazing, fulfilling life means that everything is pretty close to perfect and works out well for you all the time.
This is not at all realistic. Let go of those false and damaging ideas.
Detach yourself from those toxic thoughts once and for all friends!
Here Are 9 Tips All About How To Live a More Fulfilling Life
Ok, time for a brain dump. I love to start with writing everything down.
How are you? What parts of life do you feel positive about? What parts feel a bit challenging?
Look at the last year of your life. Are there things you would like to be different than they were?
This is a great way to just let it all out.
We all have so much going on inside of us. So many thoughts floating around in our heads. We have to pause every now and then and empty it all out like a dump truck.
This is also just a perfect way to take some time and get to know yourself better.
Without a doubt, this will also help you grow as a person.
We are continuously becoming different versions of ourselves.
Our wants and our needs and our passions change.
So, that first step toward a more fulfilling life starts with you and a pen and paper. (you could use a laptop but I strongly encourage you to take it old school here)
Being grateful is not about ignoring any challenges or things in your life that are not on the track you would like them to be on.
It is not about just being thankful and focusing on the good. I actually think that idea can be very dangerous. It can make us feel as if we should bottle up any feelings that aren’t on the positive side.
I love the simple idea of just adding some gratitude to your day-to-day life. At the end of the day, write down a few things you are grateful for.
Now, if you have never done anything like this it might be a little difficult and even feel silly. But keep at it.
The real payoff from this habit will come with consistency. Doing this once is not going to be life-changing. Heck, even doing this 10 times will probably not produce this amazing feeling of joy or fulfillment.
This is one of those long-haul habits!
And gratitude is not some new concept.
Search for anything about life improvement and gratitude will be a recurring theme. So just give it a try.
I am sure we all understand what it’s like to have a busy life.
But busy and full are not at all the same thing.
How often have you seen or heard someone being praised for being so busy and having so much on their plate?
I know I personally see this all the time.
We have glamorized this idea of being extremely busy and doing it all.
There is nothing glamorous about feeling completely overwhelmed.
You have to make prioritizing a big part of your life.
Nobody can do it all. At least not really well. And you can bet that no one is thriving while trying to juggle fifty balls.
You can spend so much of your time chasing that “everything is done” feeling and you will never get there.
A busy life can keep you from living a fulfilling life.
4) Be Wary of Comparing
Comparison really is the thief of joy. And it is also a giant road block to feeling truly fulfilled in your life.
There will always be someone that you can compare yourself to and then instantly feel bad.
But the more we focus on examining other people’s lives, the more our own lives feel subpar. Not good enough.
It is so easy to get caught in this comparison loop.
Need a little bit of a nudge in the right direction when it comes to comparing? Check this out!
5) Social Circle
Think about the people you spend time with.
Do a quick inventory of those around you.
The people in your life have a heavy impact on you. We all know this.
You are valuable and your time is valuable. You deserve people in your life that create positive feelings.
I am not saying you have to start cutting people out of your life left and right if they are not chipper all the time.
But I do believe that if you have people in your life and it feels as if they suck your energy and leave you feeling drained, then you should honestly reevaluate how much of your time you can spare to that sort of vibe.
We have been taught about good manners since we were little.
But this has morphed into doing things we don’t want to out of fear of hurting someone’s feelings.
I will say this. When we start setting and holding boundaries in our lives, there might be some backlash from other people.
This is because boundaries being put in place can catch others off guard.
But that in no way means you are wrong for setting boundaries in your life!
Goals give us purpose.
I encourage you to keep your goals small. I know that might sound strange but hear me out.
This is not at all me saying to keep your dreams small. I am all about encouraging anyone to shoot for the stars.
But while huge goals are fun to think about, they can often feel impossible when it gets to the execution stage.
This is where small goals come into play.
If you break things up into bite-size pieces that feel manageable, you are setting yourself up for success.
8) Take Care of Yourself
Make sleep a priority. Stay hydrated. Move your body. Get outside. (even if it is just for a few minutes)
These simple things help you create a really strong foundation.
Don’t underestimate the power of these very basic acts.
9) Where is Your Energy Going?
Really think about where your energy is going.
Multiple small frustrations throughout the day build and build. And these can severely impact our overall attitude, mindset, and life satisfaction.
Complaining is something we all do. We are human after all.
Venting is necessary at times. Just try not to go too deep into that complaining cave.
It is dark and cold in there and it might be difficult to find your way out.
If you do get stuck in a rut (which we all do at times), these ideas will help.
You can live a very happy life. You can live an extremely fulfilling life.
And you definitely deserve that.
It starts with small tweaks.
Seemingly tiny pivots that probably won’t feel life-altering at the moment. But they do have the power to alter and improve your life.
Like plants, you just have to give them time to grow and thrive.
Have any tips on how to live a more fulfilling life? Definitely Share!
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