The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life
A life lesson I realize after 28 years.
If you’re not happy, you’re not serving| PEXEL
If there was one thing you should do with your life that you will be glad of the decision 10,20,30 years from now, what would it be?
I would have said, owning a Lamborghini, and having six figures in my bank account, had you asked me in my teenage years. I loved good cars so much that even now owning a car still ranks high in my list of priorities in life.
Having tasted those two fantasies, I realize that owning a car and having 6 figures don’t really give the satisfaction, happiness, peace of mind that they seem to promise us. At most in the long term.
Let me whisper one truth to you:
Long-term happiness has weak ties with physical possessions.
At best, money improves happiness.
From experience and close observation, social status and having a lot of money have weak ties with happiness. It only improves it.
A 2017 study by the University of British Columbia found that spending money to buy free time, such as paying others to cook or clean for you, improves happiness, leaving you feeling less stressed and more satisfied with life. Beyond that, however, money does not make us happier.
If you’re still pursuing amassing luxury, believing that they’ll give you the satisfaction your soul desires, then you need to think again.
Do you know why?
“A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions,” says Jesus Christ.
What then is it that’s worth doing with your life without regrets 10,20,30 years from today?
Find joy in being of service to others.
That’s the single pursuit that brings true satisfaction, long-term happiness, and positive feelings your soul desires.
That is the best thing you can do with your life, the purpose around which your every action should revolve.
Service is the secret to happiness
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” — Albert Schweitzer
Service is the secret to greatness
“The greatest among you shall be your servant.” — Jesus Christ
Service can lengthen your life
One 2003 study looked at a group of older adults, some who were giving social support and others who were receiving it. After five years, it was giving social support that made a person more likely to still be alive at the end of the study period. This was true even when researchers controlled for factors like physical health, mental health, marital status.
If you’re not happy, you’re not serving.
Prioritize serving others in whatever way you can and find joy doing it. Donate, feed the hungry, donate your product, mentor someone, volunteer your services, make service a community mission.
Every journey starts with a first step. Even if you do one great thing every month, you will make a difference in the world and in your life.
This is the secret to wellbeing, happiness, and the adventure your soul will forever delight in.
CONTRIBUTED BY Josh White SELF
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