How Can Your Passions Improve Your Lifestyle?
Some of us are lucky enough to incorporate our passions within our careers, allowing us to dedicate 40+ hours to doing the things we love. However, the majority of us spend our 9-to-5s toiling away in thankless jobs, because we all need those paychecks that’ll help pay for rent and food...and purses...and high heels...
If the former, you’re one of a lucky few. If the latter, you’re not alone. Still, science tells us that making time for passion and creativity is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. So whether you’re living your best life (as a professional puppy snuggler? No way, that’s OUR passion too!), or stuck counting down the minutes in a cubicle, it’s essential that you learn to feed your passions in an authentic way.
Will living out your passions improve your lifestyle? Um. Yes. Here’s how -
1. Passion Gives you Purpose
The girl you grew up with who never stopped playing the violin? She plays in a symphony now. The guy you went to school with who spent free periods poring over his physics textbook? He’s an engineer. The point is, we’re all uniquely wired to do different things, because no one else in the whole universe possesses your exact blend of talents and skills. Learning to accept and own what makes you unique is crucial to sharing your gifts with the world.
And finding your passion is like discovering you have GPS on your phone. Suddenly, you actually know where you’re going. When you know what your passion is, you feel motivated, inspired, and certain of your next steps.
2. Passion Leads to Creativity
The link between creativity and better mental and physical health is well supported by research. The stress of work is consuming many of us. And that stress can lead to weight gain, respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease. But passion leads to creativity, which helps makes people happier, less anxious, more resilient and better equipped to solve long term problems.
3. Passion Inspires
Passion comes from the Latin word, “passio,” meaning, “to suffer, to endure.” That’s because it’s an emotion strong enough to merit suffering for a cause. It is what you hunger for so intensely, you’ll sacrifice anything to have it.
And because of that, passionate people attract attention. When you attract the attention of others, you help to inspire and influence them in turn.
4. Passion leads to success
Passion is the energy that keeps us going, that fills us with meaning, happiness, excitement, and anticipation. Passion is a powerful force in accomplishing anything you set your mind to, and in experiencing work and life to the fullest extent possible.
Ultimately, passion is the driving force behind success, which brings us to our last point -
5. The More Passionate You Are About What You Do, The Harder You’ll Work
Passion protects us physiologically, allowing us to work longer and harder than we would be able to toiling away at a job we hate.
The reigning Queen of talk show TV, Oprah Winfrey once said, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Do something today that you’re passionate about - it can be painting, playing basketball, solving an equation, whatever it is that makes you feel alive…
Your body, mind and spirit will all thank you.