When we’re stressed out, working too hard, doing too much, and running around to meet the latest deadline, or pay a stack of bills, we’re often not the nicest people to be around… far from it.
If on the other hand, we shift our focus and live our life with purpose and intention, this changes. Living with purpose makes us kinder and nicer. Why is that?
Living With Purpose Helps You Focus On Others
Living with purpose often includes other people. It’s about those around you as much as about yourself. We human beings are social creatures and we like to work with, interact with, and help those around us. When we make those relationships a priority, we take the needs of others into account. That teaches us empathy and understanding, which in turn makes us nicer and kinder to those around us.
Living With Purpose Takes You Out Of The Competitive Mindset
When we stop trying to keep up with the Joneses and the impulse to compete for the highest paying job, biggest car, and nicest house, we stop competing with everyone around us. Life is about much more than outdoing everyone else. When we realize that and focus on relationships, experiences, and helping each other out, we are kinder because we’re no longer competing rabidly for the number one spot.
Living With Purpose Reduces Stress
Since you’re no longer engaged in the rat race in the same way as before, and instead spend more time embracing meaningful activities and relationships that make you happier, it should come as no surprise that your level of stress is greatly reduced. I don’t know about you, but I’m not the kindest person when I’m stressed out. When I’m more relaxed and fulfilled on the other hand, being kind is a natural state of mind.
Living With Purpose Increases Happiness
As we’ve already established in previous blog posts in this series, living a purpose driven life makes us happier. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise to you that you’re kinder and nicer to be around when you’re in a good mood. It’s when we’re stressed out, or feeling trapped, mad and angry at the world that we aren’t so much fun to be around.
To recap, living with purpose does quite a few things to make you a kinder, nicer person to be around. If that’s not a great motivator to work towards a more purposeful life, I don’t know what is.