According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, passion is “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.” On June 2nd, Gregg Levoy spoke about passion as part of the Mind Science Foundation lecture series. Levoy said that passion is a quality that we are born with but that can wax and wane throughout life. As we get older, we require more energy to spark passion. Levoy described passion as a survival mechanism, suggesting that we must be interested in life to want to continue living it. Indeed, studies have shown that elderly patients who remain active and engaged in life have better health and well-being than those that do not. Luckily, passion can be cultivated. Levoy provided these four thoughts about increasing passion in your life:
- Look for subtle impulses to express yourself.
- Step out of your comfort zone and take risks.
- Passion requires exuberance and endurance.
- If we don’t increase passion in our own lives, our relationships will be denied that energy.
For more information about passion, check out Levoy’s book, “Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion.”