If your life feels like it lacks meaning…
Let me guess – you’re the type of person who, on paper, has it all.
You have good grades or a decent job, a nice set of friends who care, and money for a bit of indulgence (a smartphone, a meal out, a nice apartment, a weekend away, etc). Yet, you still feel like something is missing, like your life doesn’t quite have the meaning or importance you hoped it would.
You know what you’re doing wrong that’s led your life to seem meaningless? You’re not helping the less fortunate.
You’ve built a nice life for yourself, but you’re not making it count. You need to start helping people build nice lives for themselves too.
By helping someone else create a better life for herself you will create meaning for yourself. Helping others makes your life meaningful because your existence is literally improving the world.
Instead of continuing to do exactly what you have been doing, make a small change. Use a fraction of your resources to buy the next homeless person you pass a hot meal, spend an hour tutoring at risk youth in an after school program, or donate $5 to a charity you believe in.
Make helping others a habit and your life will become insanely valuable and meaningful.
If you feel like you don’t have any extra time or money to spare, then simply reduce your involvement with any of the following: social media, alcohol, television, coffee shops, meals out, or electronics, and reallocate the new found money/time to helping the less fortunate.
Helping others will make you see your life in a different, better, light. Instead of focusing on what’s missing, you’ll notice that you have far more than you need.
No longer will you be purely self-involved. You’ll become an improver. You will create light where there was darkness, ease where there was struggle, and happiness where there was suffering.
That’s where meaning comes from.