One of the big goals each of us has in live is to be happy. We want to live a rewarding live and enjoy it as much as possible. We don’t want to muggle through on a daily basis, sad and miserable, working 9-5 doing the daily grind, feeling unfulfilled, never exploring any other options. That’s what doing what we’re passionate about is a big part of creating that true happiness. Let’s take a look at how that works and how passion is connected to happiness.
Passion sounds like such a big word, doesn’t it? Don’t let that scare you. There’s no need to embrace a big cause that takes over your life to take advantage of this idea of increasing happiness. Sure, your big passion may be to sell all worldly possessions and move to Bali to become a full time yoga instructor, or spiritual retreat facilitator, but that’s not the only way you can tap into your passion and feel happier. It could be something as simple as setting up a dedicated yoga space in the corner of your bedroom and making the time to practice for 10 minutes before work.
Tapping into our passion allows us to tap into an almost limitless source of energy. When you work on something you’re passionate about, time flies and it doesn’t feel like work. You don’t get tired or bored with what you’re doing. You’re having fun and the work energises you instead of draining you. What you do brings you joy. That’s what it’s all about.
Don’t get me wrong, not everything we do can be filled with joy and passion. The mundane still exists, chores that have to be done, and you may even need to work a job you don’t love to make sure there’s food on the table and the bills get paid. That’s life, but it’s only part of it. When you incorporate some of the things you are passionate about into your day, you get to tap into the energy and joy it brings you. This increases your overall feeling of happiness and satisfaction.
There’s no need to feel bad about the times when you’re not tapping into your passion and aren’t working on things you love that bring meaning to your life. These times add contrast to your passion project and make it shine all the brighter. When you’ve been having a rough day at the office, that yoga session, or the volunteer work you’re doing in the evening will feel even better.
The goal then is to simply work some passion into your everyday life. Find something you love to do that gives meaning to your life and make time for it. Make it a daily habit and watch your overall happiness increase as time goes by.