The OBF principles of WELLNESS – Principle 8 – Find activities that give you a sense of purpose and connectedness.
The OBF Principles of WELLNESS
1 – Know your values and live them.
2 – Surround yourself with positive and supportive people. Who is in your circle?
3 – Weed out things and relationships that do not support you.
4 – Have what you want AND want what you have.
5 – Practice gratitude.
6 – Breath, bounce, sweat and move.
7 – Eat nature’s food and play natures rules.
8- Find activities that give you a sense of purpose and connectedness.
9 – Align your life actions to your life’s purpose.
Principle 8- Find activities that give you a sense of purpose and connectedness.
“Success without fulfilment is failure”, Tony Robins
Scientists once thought happiness was almost completely hereditary (dictated by a genetically determined “set point”). But thankfully, they have since discovered that in fact we have far more control over our own emotional well-being than previously believed. Happiness is found in our daily actions. Cementing your daily actions with activities that give you a sense of purpose and connectedness will pave the creation of a life well lived.
I WILL SHARE WITH YOU ONE ACTIVITY THAT WILL RESULT IN A FEELING OF PURPOSE AND CONNECTNESS……
Perform Altruistic Acts of Kindness –
Research has shown that altruistic acts of kindness reduces stress and improves your mental health. The good thing with this approach is also that it not only makes you a happier person, it also makes the people you are kind to happier.
Mother Teresa once said, “We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love.”
Kindness means a behavioural response of compassion and actions that are selfless; or a mind-set that places compassion for others before one’s own interests. In performing the selfless act, a person may undercut their own selfish interests.
Kindness is a value that is often disregarded. Why is kindness so undervalued? In part, it’s because kind people may be viewed as “enablers” by some, or worse, as “push overs” by the cynical. Thus, the cynic’s view that one is a “push over” if one behaves in a kind manner toward others, reflects a belief system that success is only achieved through stepping on or ignoring others. Yet, the cynic’s behaviour rarely results in true happiness—that sense of feeling loved, that one’s true destiny and purpose are fulfilled, and that what one is doing matters in the most profound sense.
In fact, kindness is linked inextricably to happiness and contentment—at both the psychological and spiritual level. Over a decade ago, in a study of Japanese undergraduates, researchers, Otake and colleagues, found that happy people were kinder than people who were not happy. Their study also revealed and that one’s sense of happiness increased by the simple act of counting the number of one’s acts of kindness. Counting one’s acts of kindness also led happy people to become more kind and grateful.
Why do random acts of kindness increase a person’s sense of happiness? Because kindness can promote gratitude.
Random acts of kindness are just one example, the challenge is to create an existence of purpose and connectedness on YOUR life journey.