Are you happy or fulfilled? 3 ways to find fulfillment over happiness.
I've never met anyone who didn't want to be happy yet you can be happy and still feel very unfulfilled in life.
Happiness is a temporal emotion attached to momentary experiences.
We pursue happiness by moving up the corporate ladder, striving to make more money, buying a bigger house or more material possessions.
Seeking happiness isn't wrong, it's just limiting.
When we chase happiness, what we are all searching for is meaning and fulfillment, yet meaning and fulfillment are not found in the number of our material possessions.
When we pursue happiness, we are often choosing instant satisfaction over long term fulfillment. We do this to cover our lack of fulfillment and meaning in our lives.
Happiness will come and go, but fulfillment will give you depth beyond one single emotion like happiness.
Fulfillment speaks to our inner soul; it connects us to something greater than ourselves.
So how can we pursue fulfillment over happiness?
1. You’re Unique
Always remembering you are unique and valuable to humanity, remembering you are all on this earth for a purpose — our life matters.
2. Never making money and material possessions our primary focus.
True fulfillment has nothing to do with any amount of wealth or things we can accumulate. There is nothing wrong with wealth. I have learned that money tool and only brings temporary happiness but never real fulfillment.
3. Help People.
There are so many practical ways to contribute to humanity.
You can rake your elderly neighbor's leaves, bring a hot meal to a friend, or homeless shelter. Be creative and look for ways to help people.
Pursuing fulfillment over happiness will bring you greater meaning to your life and real joy.
Question: What brings you fulfillment over happiness?