3 Ways to Figure Out What You Love

So much information swirls all around us these days, that it’s hard sometimes to remember what we were originally looking for. And yet, when it comes time to determine the trajectory of our life (or push the arc closer to happiness), we’ve got to figure out what we love to do.

Marketers prey on this basic human need, and they’ve devised ways to sell based on the fears and desires we all have. It’s easy to get lost in a sea of products, and terrible advice relating to them, on our path to happiness.

It might be as small as a candy bar or soda drink, or as big as buying an unnecessarily large house, but there are always products that promise to make us happy. How can we figure out what we truly love and want in our lives?

Below are three ways to determine what you truly love.

1. Ask your partner

If you’ve got a spouse or partner, or even friends or family who know you well, ask them what they think you love to do. Or, to put it a different way: What do they think you’d enjoy doing in life? Sometimes it’s easier for others to see our nature.

2. What arouses your emotions?

Next time you get inspired to the point where the hairs on your arm stand up, and you get a chill through your spine, note what you were doing. Knowing what inspires you and arouses your emotions will help you understand what you love.

3. Notice which articles you’re reading

In your spare time, or even in your work pursuits, what kinds of articles do you find yourself reading? To help keep an accurate tally of exactly what type of content you’re consuming, look at your Internet browser history, or keep a notebook and use the Pomodoro method to track what you do each 30 minutes, for several days.

What are you reading and watching online? If it’s a group of articles about how to become a better parent, perhaps you would enjoy being a teacher or a parent blogger, selling products that help people the same way they helped you.

If you read investment trading articles a lot, perhaps you’d enjoy trying your hand at being an investor, whether it’s for your own financial gain, or the fortunes of others. Either way, you won’t go wrong, pursuing the things you’re most interested in!

Drew Hendricks is a professional business and startup blogger that writes for a variety of sites including The Huffington Post, Forbes and Technorati. Drew has worked at a variety of different startups as well as large advertising agencies.