Are You Satisfied With Your Life Or Do You Long For More?

How satisfied do you feel with your life?

There’s a fairly good chance that your answer will depend on when you are asked. You may feel incredibly content at some points, but there are days when you feel so low you wish you could change everything.

You will probably find that your answer is positive when you have been engaging in an activity that you enjoy or you have just enjoyed a delicious meal, a great time with friends, or something of a similar happiness boost. We tend to savor those types of feelings simply because we are unsettled and restless as a whole. We tend to long for something in life that perhaps we just can’t seem to grasp.

Satisfaction is simply being happy with your life. It doesn’t just exist in a moment, rather it encompasses your past, present, future, and when you look at the big picture.

Why is it that we struggle so much to feel satisfied with our present? There are a few things that can make a serious difference to your happiness and satisfaction levels. Perhaps these could help you improve your satisfaction levels with life.

Friendships

Having a few close friends can give your life satisfaction a 19% boost (100 Simple Secrets Of The Best Half Of Life, David Niven). Even better, if you have a good relationship with your neighbors it can increase your life satisfaction by 16% and beyond that, it can reduce your risk of loneliness by 25%!

Spirituality

I am not specifically talking about religion. Many people report feeling deeper life satisfaction when they believe. It isn’t the belief or the religion that you belong to. What increases your happiness is the sense of community that provides. It also helps that these types of relationships are built on common values and a core purpose, which is a good foundation to get started on. Additionally, the magic number of friends for life satisfaction tends to be 10, which means religion is a good place to build your core friend group.

If religion isn’t for you then seek your spirituality elsewhere – whether it’s in a yoga class, a hiking group, or meeting weekly with a group of friends to enjoy the game.

Volunteering

It’s not all about what friends can provide you, though, giving can be equally as powerful. Consider getting involved with your community and volunteer. If you work with young people, you can expect to be four times more satisfied with your life than someone chasing money.

Your Life Story

You can increase your life satisfaction by recording your life story. It’s all about what types of stories you tell yourself about you and your life.

Having a firm grasp of your family history can also increase your life satisfaction. Kids who have heard the stories about their ancestors feel a greater sense of control over life and have higher levels of self-esteem.

Set Goals

People who set and strive to achieve their goals are almost 20% more satisfied in life than those who don’t. Additionally, being passionate about something improves your life satisfaction and in psychological adjustment.

You don’t need to set a goal to become the President, to become a millionaire, or to win a Grammy. Minor successes produce the same boost in life satisfaction than the major ones. So, set clear achievable goals for yourself and when you achieve one, set another.

Learning and growth don’t end when you graduate high school, college, or finally get that promotion you’ve been wanting. It’s a continuous process and one you should continue to strive for to maintain your life satisfaction. If you don’t feel satisfied with your life start asking what areas you feel are letting you down. If you’re longing for more – go out there and get it!

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Tony Curl
Tony Curlhttp://www.coachcurl.com
Tony has been a successful corporate leader for 30 years. He now works alongside leaders around the world, and at home in Australia, to maintain clarity on their vision and purpose, and helps map their way around their roadblocks and obstacles. Tony helps people take the steps in their lives to become an influential leader. The leaders Tony helps aspire to greatness, so if you are aspiring to greatness take steps today. Unless you take action on your goals, they remain a dream. Tony is a published writer and his work is featured at his own Coach "Curl" blog as well as other sites around the globe. Tony is the owner and founder of Think and Grow Business and coaches and trains effective leadership skills and capabilities and develops better leaders, who then build better and stronger business. His passion lies in helping people discover their greatness by raising their leadership ability. Yes, everyone can be a leader and everyone should see themselves as a leader. Be the inspiration for someone today and let your journey inspire you. He has a growing following on his Social Media channels and has been published on a variety of sites around the globe. His words get quoted and shared daily by that growing tribe. He shares under the hashtags #dailyfuel #breaktheshackles. He recently released his first book "Seriously Simple Stuff to Get You Unstuck". Available at strongerbraverwiser.com

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