Doing more of what you love to do makes you happy. To increase happiness, you should dedicate more time to the projects you’re passionate about. Of course that’s easier said than done, life has a tendency to get in the way, cue kids, cooking, cleaning etc. For most of us, our job isn’t something we love to do. Even if we’re lucky enough to work in our dream job, it doesn’t make us happy 100% of the time. Life simply isn’t all unicorns and pixie dust but that’s ok.
That being said, you should actively work on doing things that you enjoy. The big question is of course “what do you love to do”? Do you know what that is? Do you have an idea of what direction you want to had in? Here are a few tips and ideas to help you think through this concept of figuring out what you love to do.
Start With What You Don’t Love
A good place when you don’t know what you would love to do and have a passion for is with the opposite end of the spectrum. What really bugs you? What don’t you love to do. If you find that tedious work, looking at data, or following a rigid structure with what you do drives you nuts, you may enjoy something more creative. Block of a little time in your busy day to do something fun and creative with no deadlines or tasks attached to it during that period.
Think About People And Activities You Enjoy
Next, start to think about everything you do love. Think about people you enjoy spending time with. Who do you like to work with, who don’t you want to work with as much. Then think about activities that bring you joy. Think back on what you’ve done lately (or ever) that was lots of fun. Pay special attention to things that were hard or “work” that didn’t feel that way.
Making a list can be very helpful here. After a while you will start to see patterns emerge and you’re getting closer to figuring out what you love to do and what you’re passionate about.
Make It About Helping Others In One Way Or Another
If you’re still feeling a bit stuck, stop focusing on yourself and what you love. Instead, switch it around and make it about helping others in some way, shape, or form. It could be thinking about volunteering with a local charity. It could be organising a fundraiser for a cause close to your heart, or it could be making something that benefits another person or even an entire group of people.
Doing something for others, no matter what that looks like can be very reward and may just become the thing you’re passionate about.
Start to think about what you love to do and what gives you joy. It’s the first step towards embracing your passion and increasing your happiness.
P.s Little side note, don’t make your passion about something that has to be monetary, just follow your heart. That being said, as they say pursue your passion and the money will follow.