Cultivating a life purpose is important for well-being, and involves reflecting on what you care about, what you excel in, and what makes a marginal difference in the world.
Having a sense of purpose in life is important for our well-being, but it’s a complex concept that is often misunderstood. A life purpose is a long-term calling or way of life that interests you, something you have competence in, and that makes a marginal difference in the world. It’s not the same as a goal or passion. Most people struggle to define their purpose, but it can be cultivated over time by reflecting on what you care about, what you hope to accomplish, and what you uniquely contribute. Purpose can be tied to work, but it’s important to find meaning outside of work as well. Pursuing a purpose looks different for everyone and may change over time.