You have probably heard the terms 'find your passion' or 'follow your passion' a few times, and they've probably been accompanied with promises of infinite happiness and fulfilment. Of course there is truth in the idea that doing things you 'love' can lead to positive emotions and enjoyment. However what about when doing what you love takes over your life so that you can't seem to be able to do anything else? Or what about those people who don't know what their 'one true passion' is? Recent positive psychology research in passion has suggested a new approach that doesn't limit passion to one activity or one thing. Instead, it introduces passion as a way life, as 'the passionate way of being'.
This passionate way of being fuels your positive emotions and happiness. It leads to you feeling energised, so you're not only investing energy into activities but you're actually gaining it back as you do them. It also leads to a sense of freedom, in which you feel like you have no boundaries or limitations, and that you can remain flexible throughout the choices in your life, and hence spot new opportunities. So how do you pursue this passionate way of being? Research suggested there are five key driving forces to living your whole life with passion.
So how about it? Are you ready to embrace the passion within you by choosing to pursue the passionate way of being? Are you ready to find more happiness, energy and a sense of freedom?
Live a life authentic to you, creating the positive impact you want to create. Pursue learning and growth like never before, and you'll never have a boring day. Find your tribe and let them keep your energy high, whilst believing in your strengths and putting them to use in different ways.
This is the key to passion. You don't need to find and follow one passion, but choose to live your whole life with it. Choose to pursue the passionate way of being.
A version of this post appeared on the Happyologist blog, on March 18th, 2014.