The Happiest You

Kira Schlegel is studying MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at UEL. She blogs about psychology for Your Universe.

Hello life lovers!

To explore the meaning of our lives can be challenging, yet such exploration has been found to have an enormous impact on people’s wellbeing. It is not in the brightest of our years where we find our true happiness, but in the overall impact that we have on the world.

However, sometimes it can be difficult to find out what our purpose is, and even more challenging to act concordantly. But there are clues that can help us act in alignment with our values. The PURE strategy consists of four factors which have been found to constitute meaning, and these factors can help us in goal setting and goal achieving.

They are: Purpose, Understanding, Responsibility and Enjoyment.

The PURE Intervention Strategy (Wong, 2012)

In life, we do not always have the power to change circumstances, but we always have the choice of how we react to these circumstances. Similarly, we have the power to build our lives according to our values.

In order to be successful in this, we need to act with awareness. Life is a result of the choices that we have made. So, the next time you are unsure about how to move forward with something, ask yourself the following questions:

1) Purpose - “What purpose does this serve?” If it doesn’t serve any useful function, then don’t proceed.

2) Understanding - “What matters to me in life? Does my decision support what matters to me?”

3) Responsibility - “Am I choosing the easy way, or am I choosing the right way? Do I take the full responsibility for my decisions?”

4) Enjoyment - “Is there something in it, or an outcome, that brings me enjoyment?”

In my opinion, it is really helpful to be clear about what we want (to give) in life. If we dare to act proactively, rather than reacting to our ‘destiny’, we determine how good our lives are.

Which tool(s) do you already use when it comes to hard decisions?

Sending you hugs. You go girl/man! ♥


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