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10 Ways Having a Sense of Purpose Can Benefit Your Life

by A Hospidales
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“The two most important days in life are the day you were born and the day you discover the reason why.”

Mark Twain

The most crucial element of a person’s life is having a sense of purpose to direct your actions, make decisions, and accomplish your goals.

Purpose is essential to our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing, and you can significantly enhance your quality of life by discovering what your purpose is

The following are 10 ways that living a life with purpose can positively impact your life. 

1. You understand who you are and what you were born to do.

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”

Viktor Frankl

When you know your life’s purpose, you know who you are and why you were put on this earth. In other words, you know exactly what you are meant to do with your life.

By following your true calling, you choose to live your life on your own terms. Therefore, putting in the right amount of effort will allow you to succeed in whatever endeavor you choose to pursue. 

2. Your self-confidence increases.

“The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.”

Charles Dickens

When you are clear about who you are, you will radiate that positive energy through your confidence. When you have a strong sense of purpose, you know exactly who you are, what your life’s mission is, and what you are worth. This will show in your relationships with others. You won’t be plagued by self-doubt or other false beliefs that limit your potential. As a result, you appear more attractive to others, since high self-confidence makes people see you differently.

3. You gain inner peace.

“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.”

James Allen

Inner peace refers to a state of fulfillment and happiness in our every day lives. As well as sharpening the five senses, inner peace also calms the mind and emotions, enabling you to focus better on mental and physical activities. You can find inner peace when you know your purpose, and are willing to act and live according to it.

4. Your health and wellbeing improves.

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”

Eleanor Brown

Having a purpose in life is essential for our overall health and wellbeing. When you lack a sense of purpose in your life, it can leave you feeling empty. You may feel anxious and stressed, especially if you can’t find a solution to the emptiness you’re experiencing. 

Researchers have found that people who feel they have a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives are generally healthier as well as happier. In addition, they have the capacity to learn more, when compared to those without such a sense of meaning. 

5. You gain a clear sense of direction.

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

John F. Kennedy

Over time, without a sense of purpose, it will seem as if your life has no direction. As a result, you might find yourself stuck in the present and without an idea of where you’ll end up. In the process, you will constantly question what you are meant to do with your life.

Having a sense of purpose gives you a sense of direction, and having a sense of direction gives your life meaning. You have plenty of potential for growth, but until you activate that potential by finding your purpose, you’ll be lost. 

6. Your inner strength grows. 

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.”

Anna Freud

You need inner strength to succeed, but are you aware that it is also essential for everyday life? When you don’t possess inner strength, you will quickly find yourself living a miserable life. 

Developing inner strength and resilience starts with finding your reason for being. With a strong sense of purpose, you will be less likely to procrastinate and will have the mental toughness to persevere through life’s biggest challenges.  

7. Your psychological and social well-being improves.

“When you walk in purpose, you collide with destiny.”

Ralph Buchanan

You cannot be happy with anyone else if you are not truly happy with yourself. It all begins with you. In addition to reducing stress and anxiety, having a sense of purpose can help you find greater satisfaction in life and develop better relationships with others.  

8. You’ll start making smarter decisions. 

“Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s needs.”

Frederick Buechner

Every single day, we make a lot of decisions that affect us in some way. Often, the impact of these decisions is determined by what kind of decisions we’ve taken.

When you live your life according to your purpose, you’ll tend to make better decisions since you will make choices which are in line with your purpose. 

9. Your chances of success are higher.

“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.”

W. Clement Stone

If you know what your purpose is and choose to follow that path, you’ll be making the most of your natural gifts. Choosing a career path centered around your natural strengths will most likely make you happy both personally and professionally.

10. You improve your ability to think positively. 

“If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows much more easily.”

Jack Canfield

It’s easy to develop a positive attitude when you have a strong sense of purpose. Having a positive attitude enhances your relationships with others, gives you confidence that you can handle the rough patches in life, builds your self-esteem, and helps you grow as a person.


Schaefer SM, Morozink Boylan J, van Reekum CM, et al. Purpose in life predicts better emotional recovery from negative stimuli. PLoS One. 2013;8(11):e80329. Published 2013 Nov 13.

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1 month ago

That quote from Mark Twain always gets to me. I vividly remember the day when I realized what I wanted to do with my life. It was one of the best days of my life! I’m now trying to cultivate calmness of mind so that I can enjoy life more and use my gifts to help others.

1 month ago

Man’s Search For Meaning by Vicktor Frankl should be a must read for anyone alive! It has opened my eyes to the beauty and richness of my life. It’s so funny how we take so many great things for granted and always look to gain more while never enjoying what we already have.

1 month ago

Finding your purpose in life doesn’t have to be hard. Just think about the things you like to do. Do you like to write poems? Maybe try being a poet. Do you like to play tennis? A tennis player, perhaps? Maybe you like helping people – try becoming a coach! If more people stopped to think about the things they like doing and actually went for it and did those things the world would be a lot better. If you’re not doing what you love, why aren’t you?

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