It’s the one thing that unifies humanity: our constant search for “the one” that will make us happy and fulfilled. One of the most pervasive ideas in the world is that there is one particular someone or something that fits us like a glove, that challenges us and meets our needs, and gives us contentment.
Contrary to popular belief, “the one” is not limited to romantic love. Various studies cite meaningful work, love, relationships, good health, happiness, and peace of mind as some of the things that most people try hard to find.
Here are some of what people are looking for in the various aspects of their lives.
Purpose is intensely personal and individual. Purpose is both consequential to one’s self and to the community and society at large.
Identify what gives you purpose. In terms of work, which occupies most people’s time, an MIT Sloan study found that rather than the salary or working hours, meaningfulness in a job or the purpose of doing it is prioritized by potential employees looking at companies to work for.
Some people find purpose in their work, in raising a family, volunteering full time or pursuing their passions. This year, make your life about your own purpose.
Finding the one physical activity that you enjoy and want to do is key to staying active. First is to pin down your preference: do you like exercising alone because you can listen to your own music or be alone in your thoughts? Do you like the motivation and challenge that an exercise buddy brings? Do you like being in a group class for its high energy? Or do you like mixing it up?
In the same manner, choosing a nutrition plan that doesn’t make you feel hungry all the time is key to eating healthy and can help you lose weight or maintain it.
Of all the things that people are looking for, this one may be the most contentious in finding. The old saying that “you’ll find love when you’re not looking” may no longer apply, according to Today Health. “That’s like saying, ‘You’ll find a job when you’re least looking for it,’ said Pepper Schwartz, a relationship expert and sociology professor at the University of Washington. It’s possible, but rarely happens. Yes, it happens, but no, it’s not a good strategy.”
Maybe in 2023, be brave. Say yes to friends who want to set you up on a date, consider dating apps, come out of your shell and be more friendly. Don’t be afraid of disastrous dates because you can learn more about what you don’t like in a person—and they’re good stories to tell later on. Good dates don’t always end in romance, but at least you gain a friend.
Happiness sounds abstract but there are actually ways to be happier than your current state right now. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) lists down 6 things you can do to be happier and cope better.
1) Manage your stress levels better by making time for yourself, connecting with friends and your community, and slowing down.
2) Do things that you enjoy like cooking or gardening. Get into hobbies that relax you or physical activities that you enjoy.
3) Boost your self-esteem instead of putting yourself down. No more gaslighting yourself this year!
4) Adopt a healthy lifestyle, which means eating healthy and avoiding alcohol which can magnify your negative emotions.
5) Talk and share with people that care about you to release your emotions and tension.
6) Build your resilience to life’s ups and downs. “Making something worthwhile out of painful times helps your resilience grow,” and this could include writing, painting, or journaling.
Peace of mind is that feeling and confidence that you can deal with whatever life tosses your way. It’s knowing you’re protected and prepared for the future.
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