According to acclaimed American psychologist, Abraham Maslow..
“ The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.”
Known for his ‘hierarchy of needs’, Maslow was one of the first of his contemporaries to focus on happiness, believing that once our basic needs – food, security, love and self-esteem – are satisfied, a deeper desire for creative expression and self-actualisation is stirred.
Maslow’s research suggests that the point at which all needs are satisfied is when a person finds true happiness.
To achieve self-actualisation and subsequent happiness it’s important to understand what we should be focusing our energies on, which can take rather a long time to work out.
Spending a little time thinking and soul searching is a great way to find purpose and happiness. The following questions might be a good starting point.
- What is it that really feeds your soul?
- What have you always dreamt of?
- What does your perfect life look like?