10 signs you’re living a good life, even if your path is different from others

Ever found yourself questioning your life because it doesn’t quite align with the societal ‘norm’?

Well, you’re not alone.

Truth is, we all have our unique paths, and the markers of a ‘good life’ can differ substantially from person to person.

So, let’s bust those conventional myths and highlight 10 signs that you’re living a good life, even if your journey may seem unconventional to others.

These are indicators that might seem strange or even wrong to some, but they actually signify a fulfilling and content life for those who march to the beat of their own drum.

1) You embrace your individuality

To many, the idea of straying from the crowd might seem daunting. But for those living a good life on their own terms, staying with the crowd can feel stifling, not to mention fake. 

That’s why they cherish their individuality. While others may find comfort in conformity, they get satisfaction from expressing their unique selves.

This doesn’t mean they’re rebellious or outcasts; it’s just that they just find joy and fulfillment in being authentic.

Whether they’re pursuing a passion that’s considered unconventional, adopting a lifestyle that’s different, or simply voicing out unique opinions, these individuals often find contentment in embracing their individual paths.

So, the next time your path seems divergent from the norm, don’t worry, it’s not strange. What’s strange is living life on someone else’s terms. 

You’re simply prioritizing your need to live a fulfilling and content life in the best way you know how – by being true to yourself. And that includes this next sign…

2) You value personal growth over societal approval

When you start prioritizing personal growth over the need for societal approval, you’re likely living a good life, even if it’s different from others.

Often, we find ourselves chasing after societal standards of success – a high-paying job, a fancy car, a picture-perfect family. But people who live fulfilling lives understand that these external validations don’t necessarily equate to happiness.

Instead, they value personal growth and self-improvement. They focus on becoming better versions of themselves, regardless of how it looks to the outside world.

They might choose to quit a high-paying job to pursue something they love (which is exactly what I did), opt for experiences over material possessions, or spend time learning and growing instead of seeking constant entertainment.

Look, it’s your journey and your life. If you’re growing and improving in ways that matter to you, then you’re definitely on the right path.

3) You prioritize mental well-being

Do you remember to take time out when you need it? Do you know when to say “enough” when the forces around you — whether it’s work or people — become too invasive and toxic?

If yes, then you’re living a good life, despite your different path. In fact, the very act of recognizing that you need to tap out for a while might seem out of the ordinary, given that we live in a world driven by productivity. In a world that demands we always stay on and hustling. 

Fortunately, you’re not exactly on board with that message. You know that a good life means being able to work productively, but also keep a healthy mind.

Which brings me to my next point…

4) You always seek balance

Like I said earlier, the world places constant demands on us. And sometimes, it gives us conflicting messages — work to the bone or relentlessly seek leisure.

It’s really confusing, right? Why does it have to be at such extremes?

Perhaps that’s why seeking a well-balanced life can seem like an unconventional approach.

But for those living a good life, balance is key.

I remember a time in my life when I was completely consumed by my work. Long hours, missed meals, weekends spent in the office – I was burning out and didn’t even realize it. It wasn’t until a health scare forced me to slow down that I understood the importance of balance.

Now, I make sure to allocate time not just for work, but also for rest, recreation, and relationships. It’s not always easy to maintain this balance, but the effort is worth it.

So if you’re someone who strives for a balanced life, you’re on the right track. Your approach may seem different from the norm, but it’s crucial for your overall well-being and happiness.

5) You cultivate deep connections

Another sign that you’re living a good life, even if your path is different from others, is that you prize quality over quantity, especially when it comes to relationships. 

True, there are those who seem to thrive in large social circles, constantly surrounded by people. But for some of us, we choose to invest our time and emotions in fewer relationships. As few as they are, though, they offer depth and genuine connection.

To us, it’s the heart-to-heart conversations at 2 a.m., the shared laughter over an inside joke, the silent comfort in knowing someone’s there for you through the highs and lows. It’s these moments that enrich our lives and make them feel worthwhile.

6) You embrace change

In a world that often fears the unpredictable, embracing change can seem unusual. But that’s exactly what people who live a good life do. 

Life is a constant ebb and flow, filled with transitions and transformations. Instead of resisting these changes, they welcome them as opportunities for growth and new experiences.

They might be the ones who are open to taking on a new job in a different city, changing their career path entirely, or adapting to new situations with an open mind and heart.

Accepting change doesn’t mean you’re immune to the fear or anxiety that can accompany big shifts in life. Instead, it means you’re willing to face these feelings head-on and recognize the potential for personal development that lies within change.

Your path might seem unconventional to some, but it’s filled with rich experiences and invaluable lessons because you’ve learned how to embrace the unpredictability of life.

7) You pursue your passions

Similarly, choosing to pursue what you truly love can seem like an unconventional path.

I’m no stranger to that — when I told my family I’d quit my high-paying job to be a writer, they looked at me with disbelief. 

They said, “But the pay is so little! And unstable! Why would you want that?” It was difficult to make them understand why I was choosing what truly made my heart sing over something that paid well but stirred so little passion in me. 

You, too, might have had that experience, especially if your interests or hobbies aren’t exactly common.

But that’s okay. Those living a good life understand the immense value of following their passions. We do things just for the sheer joy of it, no matter how niche or unique they might be. 

And isn’t that what a good life is about? Waking up each day with joy?

8) You find joy in simplicity

Speaking of joy, you can find it even in the simplest of things. To me, that’s a huge indication that you’re living a good life, never mind if you’re not exactly meeting all the should-haves and should-bes that society dictates. 

I wish everyone knew just how much joy the simple things can bring us. While others might seek grand experiences and material wealth, I find myself feeling content with a peaceful walk in the park or a quiet morning with a cup of coffee.

I remember one day when my friend excitedly showed me her brand-new designer handbag. She was elated, and while I was happy for her, I couldn’t relate to her excitement.

Later that evening, I found myself sitting on my porch, watching the sunset paint the sky with hues of orange and pink. Feeling the cool breeze against my skin and listening to the chirping birds, I felt a sense of joy and fulfillment that no designer handbag could ever provide me.

I’m not saying that it’s wrong to want material things. But I do want to emphasize that they won’t bring us the kind of joy that lasts.

You know why? Because we adapt to material possessions. The initial happiness we feel from our purchases wear off — it’s called hedonic adaptation.

In contrast, simple pleasures are tied to experience. Unlike material possessions, experiences and memories can bring us joy in the long term.

9) You practice gratitude

In an era often characterized by constant wanting and dissatisfaction, practicing gratitude, which is closely connected to finding joy in simplicity, can seem like a divergent path.

But those leading a good life, even if different from others, understand the power of gratitude.

Gratitude has been linked to increased levels of happiness and reduced levels of stress and depression. When we recognize the good in life and appreciate what we have, our mindset shifts from one of scarcity and competition to one of abundance. 

People who live off-the-beaten-track yet fulfilling lives might have a daily gratitude journal or take a few moments each day to reflect on what they’re thankful for. It’s a simple habit that holds so much power. 

10) You have your own definition of success

Lastly, you know what success means to you. And that can seem like a radical act in a society that often imposes its own definitions of success.

You see, success is subjective. For some, it might mean achieving a high-ranking job or accumulating wealth. For others, it might be about leading a simple life filled with love and laughter.

The key here is to define what success looks like for you and to strive for that, rather than conforming to societal expectations. Only by doing so can we live a life that is truly fulfilling and meaningful to us.

So if you’re someone who has taken the time to define your own success and pursue it, know that you’re living a good life. Your path is not just valid, but it’s also empowering and inspiring.

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