What’s Your Mission?

by Nancy S Buck, PhD, RN

Are you living your life on purpose?

You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes You can steer yourself any direction you choose You’re on your own and you know what you know And you are the one who’ll decide where to go —  Dr. Seuss

When you choose a life’s mission and dedicate your life to a higher cause, bigger than your own personal satisfaction and happiness, the result is greater Mental Health & Happiness. In fact, there is some research that indicates aiming only for personal happiness pretty much guarantees failure. The great news is that you can choose any mission you want. Follow the advice of Dr. Seuss.

A few years ago when I was experiencing one loss and sad upset after another, I decided to go on a mission to discover happiness. I wasn’t looking to increase my own personal happiness, but was attempting to follow my constitutional right to pursue happiness, it’s meaning and characteristics. One of the results of this mission was participating in launching Mental Health & Happiness!

You can choose to bring joy and find joy where ever you go. Perhaps your mission is to improve the environment for the next generation, and the next seven generations.

Choosing a mission to love as though you have never been hurt before and live as though heaven is on earth, two ideas from Sousa, can be glorious. Walt Disney’s stated mission was to make people happy.  Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google has the mission to collect all the world’s information and make it accessible to everyone. Mack Douglas said, Dedicate your life to a cause greater than yourself, and your life will become a glorious romance and adventure.

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