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Have you noticed that some people seem to be naturally content? They always seem to be cheery and fulfilled, no matter what’s happening in their lives.

Have you wondered what their secret sauce is? How can they stay so happy all the time when the rest of us are griping and grouching about how hard our lives are?

Here are some of the most common attributes of truly fulfilled people. See if you can incorporate some of these strategies into your own life.

1. They follow their passion

Following your passion doesn’t have to mean giving up your 9 to 5 and living in an ashram. It can be as simple as making sure you include doing what you love into your life.

Think of what makes you feel good – maybe it’s writing, drawing, ceramics, hiking or dancing, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you make space for it in your life. And do it regularly, not just when you can fit it in.

2. They focus on their goals

Fulfilled people usually have a set of goals they want to achieve.

Not an impossible laundry list, but a small number of achievable, meaningful goals that will challenge but not overwhelm them. When you keep your goals attainable, you set yourself up for success and greater happiness.

3. They are comfortable with imperfection

Perfectionists are almost guaranteed to be unhappy, dissatisfied people. You’re much more likely to feel fulfilled if you set yourself high but not impossible standards, where each success is a stepping stone towards meeting your goals.

Match this with a commitment to continually look for opportunities to improve, without beating yourself up, and you will move ahead in leaps and bounds.

4. They are kind

Take a look at the people you notice are happy, and you’ll notice one thing in particular that they share. Happy people are almost universally kind and generous.

They help others, they let other drivers into the traffic, they hold the door or the elevator. Not for any other reason than it’s a kind thing to do. And as a bonus, making other people happy makes you happy too.

5. They give it their best shot

Fulfilled people focus on what they do and give it their best shot. If you give it your all, it doesn’t matter too much whether you win or lose.

So, focus on what you love, and do it to the best of your abilities. Enjoy the process and don’t worry so much about the outcome.


Incorporate some of these common attributes of truly fulfilled people into your own life.

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