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My Fulfilling Life

Gaining clarity on what fulfillment means to you helps foster positive emotions, as well as providing a lens from which you can take the tactical steps needed to achieve higher levels of fulfillment.


WHY DOES IT MATTER

Money obviously can afford many things and bring us much contentment in life, as can professional achievements. However, people with the most positively energizing behaviors and mindset understand what wealth means in terms of fulfillment.

Their life wealth may come from giving back, serving others, relationships, or experiences. They take the time to assess what these things truly are and why, and then use the information to guide their actions and time distributions.

Fulfillment can take many forms.

 

“Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live, so that our lives matter so the world will at least be a little bit different for our having passed through it.” 

Rabbi Harold Kushner

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Did you know

It has been found that after about 75k a year money has minimal effects on happiness, and that the happiest of all income groups is 50-75k a year.

Two Princeton University researchers who looked at the data of approximately 450,000 Americans found that as income increased, emotional well-being also went up, but the line flattened out at the $75,000 mark.

Why do people still feel unfulfilled even when they achieve great things?

As a society we tend to see wealth as “things”, the bigger the house they have, the wealthier and happier they are.  However, this doesn’t necessarily lead to emotional well-being as there is a law of diminishing returns to the amount of happiness and the longevity of it.  For example, will you be that much happier with 3 cars instead of 2?  Will the new car make you happy in 5 years time?

Of course, having a car means you can do what you need to more easily, it gives you ability.  A second car may be nice, and bring some efficiency to your family schedule,…by a 3rd car you have likely spend so much time and effort being able to afford it that you will have missed the happiness it brings.

Forms of fulfilling wealth:

Many times people accomplish a great deal, and still find themselves feeling less than fulfilled.  Energized people tend to look at their wealth in terms of what brings them fulfillment, for example:

  • Having positive experiences and managing your state of mind in a positive way.

  • The ability to spend time with those that matter.

  • The ability to see and participate in different experiences in life – trying a new type of food or seeing a new place.

  • Spending a good amount of time using core strengths and doing activities that we are passionate about.

  • Their health – having good health enables you to be your best…they appreciate this.

  • Spending time in the service of others.

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What Matters Most?

Now, we know this is a little morbid, but, imagine you are dead. 

What are the 5 things you hope you have managed to achieve in life or what do you want people to say about you?

Why?  What impact would it have had on yourself, those you love, the world?

 

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