Tips for finding purpose
Surround yourself with positive people
You are, as the saying goes, the company you keep. What do you have in common with the people you choose to spend your time with? Do not consider coworkers or family members whom you feel obligated to see. Consider the people you choose to spend time with outside of work and family functions. The people you associate with reveal something about you. If you're surrounded by people who are making a difference, you might be inspired by them.
If, on the other hand, the people around you are negative and bring you down, you may want to make some changes. When you're surrounded by people who aren't interested in making positive contributions, it's difficult to feel passionate and purposeful.
Explore your interests
Is there a topic that you frequently discuss in a Facebook status update or a Tweet? Do you share articles about climate change or refugees on a regular basis? Are there photos of you on Instagram doing the same thing over and over, such as gardening or performing?
Consider the types of conversations you enjoy having with people when you meet them in person. Do you enjoy discussing history? Or do you prefer to share the most recent money-saving tips you've discovered? The topics you enjoy discussing and sharing on social media may reveal the things that give you meaning in life.
Start conversations with new people
It's easy to check social media while riding the subway alone or waiting for a friend at a bar. Resist the temptation. Instead, engage in conversation with those around you. Inquire if they are working on any projects or what they enjoy doing for fun. Ask them about organizations in which they are involved or if they would like to donate to a specific cause.
Even if striking up a conversation with a stranger feels awkward at first, talking to people outside of your immediate social circle can introduce you to activities, causes, or career opportunities that you were previously unaware of. You might come across new activities to try or new places to visit. And those activities could be crucial in assisting you in discovering your purpose.
Discover what you love to do
On the other hand, simply thinking about what you truly enjoy doing can help you discover your purpose. Do you have a strong preference for musical theater? Your talents could be best utilized by bringing live performances to children who would benefit from exposure to the arts.
Is it possible for you to have fun while analyzing data? That skill could be extremely useful to a variety of groups. Consider what skills, talents, and interests you bring to the table. Then, consider how you can channel your passion into something meaningful to you.