Are You Living a Fulfilling Life? (5 Questions)
Not a one of us knows for certain what’s coming next after this lifetime, so the only “real” task we can attend to in this life is to try to enjoy it! After all, what’s the sense in simply going through the motions when we could be living satisfying or even extraordinary lives? So with that being said, do you think you are living a fulfilling life?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself today to identify if the life you are creating is one that fulfills and satisfies you. While there is no “perfect” life that any of us needs to work toward, your behaviors and actions will reflect whether or not you are living a life that fuels your soul. At the end of the day, we are all fulfilled by different things, but those who are satisfied with life will likely have different answers to these questions than those who are not.
1. Do you share love and laughter almost every day?
Love and laughter are two of the very best things we can enjoy in this life. Everyone enjoys love and laughter. Without these two factors, life would be dull and sad.
If you feel you are lacking love and laughter in your life, identify the people, events, situations and things that bring love and laughter to you, and align yourself with them more frequently.
Watch comedy, call a friend for a laugh or snuggle with your dog on the couch. Make an effort every day to give and receive love and laughter!
2. Are you pursuing an interest that makes you come alive?
At least once a day, are you finding yourself engaged in an activity that engrosses you in a positive way? Perhaps it is your career, a sport, hobby or even just playing with your kids. A fulfilling life will be punctuated by moments of being fully connected and “in the zone.”
No matter how busy you are with other tasks, take time every day to do something you love to enjoy your life more.
3. Do you roll with the punches, and get back up when you’ve been knocked down?
People with fulfilling lives are often relatively optimistic, and this makes it easier for them to keep moving forward in life, even in the face of adversity.
If you find it hard to get back up after a defeat, practice positive thinking. Make a resolution to look for the silver lining in every cloud and the lesson in every struggle. Staying positive is the key to resiliency, and it will keep you moving toward fulfillment no matter how many bumps in the road you encounter.
4. Do you enjoy waking up in the morning, and do you usually look forward to your day?
Some days will inevitably bring a little gloom and frustration, but if you have a fulfilling life most days will bring the promise of possibility and excitement.
If you find that most days you have to drag yourself out of bed, or you dread what the day will bring, this is a good sign you are making some day-to-day choices that are preventing you from having the life you really want.
When we feel like this, it is a good idea to evaluate our daily habits and choices to identify which of them are keeping us from our personal happiness. Every day is a new opportunity to choose more satisfying life experiences!
5. When you’re on your deathbed, will you look back on your life with pride?
Ever so often, look into the future and think about how you will feel the day you are on your deathbed. Is your future self proud of how you are choosing to use your time today?
This is perhaps the best question we can ask ourselves to determine if we are living fulfilling lives. It encourages us to focus on the big picture.
Remember, all we know for certain is that we have this current lifetime to do the things we want to do. We all have the choice to create fulfilling lives for ourselves or to simply go through the motions. For the sake of your own happiness, choose to make this life count!
So, do you think you are living a fulfilling life? How did you respond to these questions? Comment below and let me know!
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