It can be easy to fall into the trap of complacency and feel disconnected from the life that you want to be living. The grind of daily routines can make you feel that you are on a treadmill and you run the risk of becoming bored, or in the worst-case scenario, boring. Do you remember when you were a child and were scolded for using that word? You need to have a quiet word with yourself and shake off those feelings. Here are 3 ways to reawaken your passion for life.
- Get out of your comfort zone
Do something unexpected. There is nothing like a rush of adrenaline to make you feel alive. Whether you choose to bungee jump, abseil down a rock face, or even have a dramatic haircut, do something different. It can be disorientating to be out of your comfort zone, but by overcoming a challenge, even one as comparatively minor such as having a haircut, you are achieving something that previously you hadn’t. Every time you try something new you are learning and expanding your skills and self-knowledge.
- Boost your career
You spend so many hours of the day at work that if you are not being stretched enough or are in a stressful role, the results are the same: stress. You need to get out of the hole that you find yourself in, and regain control over your future. If you’ve passed over for promotion because you don’t have the qualifications that were needed, grab the bull by the horns and apply to a course to boost your career. Look online! For example, you could enrol in a Project and Program Management degree with Brandeis University to complete while you work. Not only will you benefit from the academic excellence that the college provides, but you will be part of an innovative network and community of like-minded people. You will flourish both professionally and personally.
- Give back to your community
The most precious thing that we have is our time. There are so many worthwhile causes that benefit from volunteers sacrificing their free time for the greater good, so why not join them? There is something very life-enriching about helping others, and you will feel an urge of pride when you see how you are helping those who less fortunate than you. Volunteering also makes you happy. Research by the London School of Economics studied a large group of American adult volunteers, and the results showed that the more people volunteered, the happier they were: in comparison with people who never volunteered, monthly volunteers were 7% more likely to be very happy, and that figure escalates to 16% of very happy volunteers who commit to a weekly volunteering schedule.
Life is indeed for the living, and sometimes it’s easier not to be proactive in your search for happiness, but it is only you that will carry the consequence of your complacency. You have to put yourself in situations that take you out of your comfort zone, seek out and embrace knowledge yet to be learnt and mastered, and be thankful for what you do have.