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themselves. It is their ability to recognise what others have done for them that drives them to give something back to the world, giving them a surge of happiness every time they do something with a purpose to help others. Altruism tops the three emotions off by explaining why one would continue to keep helping others as a way of their purpose in life. They feel satisfaction from seeing the happiness of others, causing them to almost feel addicted to helping make the world a better place for individuals, as well as society as a whole. Being a part of something can also contribute to figuring out your purpose. A part of a religious group, a social group, a creative club or an organisation for example – any group of people where you share a passion, bounce of ideas off each other, share your ambitions and feelings and a sense of wanting something more in life. Isolation also works for some – they feel most powerful and motivated when they are having time to themselves, yet for the majority the emptiness that may seem difficult to fill will only feel emptier by keeping away from company. Sometimes we need the company of others to realise the potential we have, and sometimes it triggers a belief in something a lot greater than ourselves.

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” ~Robert Byrne