How Can Passions Direct Your Life
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Finding your life's passion is not an easy task, but it is possible! There are many ways to know if something is your passion or not. For example, you could ask yourself what things you enjoy doing, how much time you spend doing them, and whether those activities make you feel good. If you have to be more specific, you can look into the different areas of your life where that activity is involved.
For instance, if you love reading books then looking into college departments that teach literature is a great way to find out if this is your passion. On the other hand, if you already work in a field that involves lots of literary studies then your chances of finding success in your career may be limited.
This article will talk about some simple strategies for discovering your passions. Hopefully one of these will help you identify yours! What are we talking about? We'll go over the types of passions, why they're important, and how to hone your skills to boost your chance of having a successful run at this.
Build your mental health
A major source of happiness in life is finding something you are passionate about and then living your life to make that thing happen.
This can be done at any stage in life, not just for yourself but also for others. If you are passionate about teaching children, go into education and teach or become a teacher.
If you are passionate about science, pursue a degree in it. It will take you longer to reach your goal if you don’t have lots of money saved up, so do what you need to do to get there without spending every last penny.
There are many ways to develop your passion. You can read books about things you are interested in, follow blogs and people who share their passions with you, and even create hobbies and practices around those passions.
Eat your feelings
Let’s look at it from another angle – what if you could make money just by eating? What if you were paid for every meal that you eat, with no limits to how much you can consume? Sounds crazy right?! But this is actually a theory about why some people seem to spend an inordinate amount of time and energy pursuing things they don’t necessarily feel passionate about.
According to researcher Albert Yeung, we get hungry not only because there are less nutrients in our diets than before, but also because we're trying to satisfy desires for foods that don't taste as good as more nutritious ones.
By thinking about food in terms of hunger and appetite, his concept called "eating motivation" was born.
His research suggests that when we eat due to desire rather than necessity, it's hard to stop ourselves. Because we're looking forward to the next bite, we keep eating and spending lots of money buying food. This applies even if you already have most of the foods you want!
This theory may help explain the over-consumption epidemic -- we're constantly being lured into purchasing unnecessary or even harmful products through advertising. It may also contribute to the obesity crisis, since snacks and junk foods are easy to grab and put away without too many questions.
But while this idea sounds absurd, there are ways to apply it to your own life. If you find yourself craving something beyond your control, try asking why.
Do things that make you happy
We spend our lives chasing what we want, thinking it will make us feel better about ourselves. It is impossible to feel good about yourself if you are not living your life doing something you love to do.
If you have a job you would rather leave than keep then find another position so you can pursue your dreams. If you never took an opportunity to learn a new skill, start exploring options now.
You have got to choose between being comfortable and having a good life or going after what you truly want and taking risk in your career, in friendships, and in family commitments.
By choosing the first option, you will be miserable most of the time and unhappy with your life. You will also probably stop looking forward to spending time with people because you’ll be too busy staying within your comfort zone.
It's important to understand that happiness does not come from outside sources but instead comes from inside you. Therefore, find activities and experiences that make you happy and keep learning new skills and topics to explore.
Find your passion and those who feel the same
Finding your passion is like finding a golden nugget – it can change your life for the better or the worse, depending on how you use it.
It’s hard to know if that thing you keep thinking about ever truly will “change your life” until you do something about it. But when you are sure that it has, then go after what you want!
Start by defining your term passion as simply as possible — something that makes you happy and gets you excited. Then look around you and find things that make you happy and get you excited. And see whether there are ways to make them more efficient so that you have more time to enjoy them.
Take up yoga
Yoga has been around for over 5,000 years and was originally designed to help people focus on their breathing in order to calm down or relax. Since then, it has grown into a powerful exercise that can do much more than just aid relaxation.
Yoga is one of the most popular exercises today. There are many different styles of yoga, but they all share two things in common: balance and coordination. This makes sense because yoga was initially practiced by Indians who lived in balanced societies where social harmony prevailed.
Since then, yoga’s popularity has spread across cultures and generations. People from all backgrounds have found benefits to practicing yoga. These include mental health benefits such as reduced stress and depression, and physical fitness benefits like improved muscle strength and flexibility.
There are even studies showing that yoga may improve overall quality of life by helping you feel happier and connected with others. While some of these benefits come directly through doing yoga, some occur indirectly due to changes in how you approach your daily lives.
Join a sports league
Being involved in a sport is one of the greatest things you can do for your life. It brings you happiness, helps you meet people, and teaches you about teamwork and leadership.
Sports are a way to achieve balance. When you participate in a game or activity, you are giving yourself time to focus only on that activity. You can easily forget that it was part of an overall plan to live a healthy lifestyle.
By joining a team, you will also meet new people who have the same passion as you. People with similar interests hang out together, so by being part of such a group, you will be expanding your circle of friends.
There are many ways to get into sports. Most towns have teams for just about every sport- from basketball to football to baseball. Find one that sounds fun and invite some members!
Some groups even have open tryouts where anyone can join. This is a great way to see if this sport is for you. There may be times when you feel like quitting because you do not know the rules or how to play, but don’t give up.
The hard work and practice that needed to be done has now been paid off – you were invited to join! Don’t let someone else’s passion take control over yours, but instead use it to motivate you to find what works for you and learn how to enjoy it.
Talk to your doctor
Let’s look at some examples. My friend who mentioned his passion is reading has changed career paths more than once. He now works as an editor, which he loves because of all of the different genres that he gets to challenge himself with.
He was never really passionate about working in the medical field, though. So he made the decision a few years back to leave his job and try something new.
Since then, he has connected with many other professionals through sharing knowledge and helping each other be successful, which he enjoys.
Now, he spends his free time educating others and being inspired by them and what they do.
By changing careers, he found his passions and life purpose. And you can too!
Your health and wellness depends on how you feel inside so it makes sense to ask yourself what are you interested in?
And why not follow your inner voice? If nothing seems to match, maybe there is something else you could explore.
Dr. Sadee Jacob is a family medicine physician with Stony Brook University Hospital – South Shore. She believes we should celebrate our strengths and strive to better ourselves every day.
Her goal for her patients is to create long-lasting relationships that contribute to their overall wellbeing. By doing this, she says they will enjoy their visits even more.