I enjoy living a life that is simple, and generally free from stress. I’ve found that it really doesn’t take a lot to make me happy and content. True happiness comes when you are happy where you already are, with what you already have. If you are constantly looking for something better, something to make you happier, I believe you will never reach the happiness you are seeking.
As I read articles online, in magazines, or in the newspaper, it appears that the majority of unhappy people are constantly stressed every day. They seem to be always longing for something better. There are definitely times when certain unexpected events can throw your life off track, however I have found that living a simple, meaningful life right now helps me stay happy and enjoy life every day.
Achieve Financial Freedom
One of my goals in continuing my path on a simple, meaningful life is to achieve financial freedom. It is often hard to lead a truly happy life when you spend most of your waking hours working for someone else, in order to ensure you can pay your bills every month. Obviously, most of us cannot not work, since we need money to pay for food, housing and other necessities. However, relying on a job provides a lot more stress in our lives, since most of us are expendable and can be easily replaced in the organization, so it’s difficult to feel secure. I have witnessed this first hand with my company going through multiple layoffs and re-organizations in the last couple of years.
When you achieve financial freedom, and don’t have to rely on your job for money to pay your bills, you will gain time, confidence, and the ability to live a simple and happy life. You can start heading toward financial freedom by living below your means, which you will find brings more simplicity toward your life.
Define Meaning in Your Life
How do you define a meaningful life? It’s definitely a personal question everyone has to answer in their own way. However, I feel it is generally derived from contributing to society in a bigger way. A meaningful life is one in which you gain a sense of pleasure, happiness, and joy in helping yourself and others. You can identify and set goals to find meaning.
My Simple Goals for Happiness
If you set simple goals for ensuring happiness in your life, you will end up feeling happier with yourself when you Here are my goals that I believe will provide me a happy, meaningful life:
- Writing blog posts that resonate with people and help them live a happier, healthier life.
- Volunteer my time to make a difference to others in my community (2-legged and 4-legged).
- Staying genuinely confident and happy with myself, so that others can be happy too.
- Spending quality time with my dog who loves me unconditionally.
- Achieve financial freedom to live a life with less stress and more joy.
I’m continually able to provide meaning to my life by working toward fulfilling my goals, which ultimately leads to happiness. It’s a journey that never really ends. If you just ‘be yourself’, and are committed to your goal, you will find an intrinsic motivation to succeed in life. Setbacks and obstacles in life often happen, but you can’t let that stop you from finding your meaning in life.
My goal of living a simple life helps me identify my values, priorities and motivation for the things I do on a daily basis. Additionally, I never want to let myself suffer on the road to financial freedom. I strive to be happy with where I am in life, appreciate all the experiences I have gone through to get where I am, and appreciate all life has to offer. The road in life can be full of bumps, but when you live a simple, meaningful life, you can make the journey as smooth as the flat plains.
Enjoy the journey. Live the life you love, and you will have meaning every day. Live simple and happy.
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” ~Anne Sweeney