In a world where we're all living at warp speed, you might be surprised to learn that there are simple ways to slow down and fill your life with more meaning. Here's how. 1) Be aware of where you are spending your time "People have to think twice about what they do in their spare time," says a mental health counselor in Bhopal who specializes in anxiety disorders and depression. Why? How we spend our leisure time can reveal a lot about how we feel about ourselves and what is going on in our lives—and even the lives of those close to us. 2) Be mindful of what you notice around you Where we direct our focus has a lot to do with how we feel, and it also indicates the kind of life we want to live—whether we're aware of it or not. For example, if your eyes pop open when you hear about world events (natural disasters, wars), that might be a sign that you would like more challenges in your life and greater purpose—perhaps by learning more about international issues and perhaps even doing something to help those affected. If your eye contact grows during conversations with friends, especially ones who are dear to you, it might be a sign that you want more connection with loved ones and would like to spend more time with them. 3) Notice how others make you feel We've all had the experience of meeting someone new and feeling an instant rapport. The conversation flows; we feel excited about what this person is saying. We may even have flashbacks later of how animated our new acquaintance was while describing his or her latest project at work or place where he grew up. "This is usually a sign that you're not just looking for someone to occupy space in your life, but that you want to connect with people who share similar passions and values," explains a psychiatrist in Bhopal. 4) Listen to your body Your body can sometimes speak volumes—without uttering a word. "If you feel uncomfortable around certain people or situations, it's probably because they don't line up with what is most important to you," says a mental health doctor in Bhopal. For example, if you dread the obligatory office holiday party because your colleague always makes lewd remarks, something about it doesn't sit well with you. It's okay to go and have a good time, but it would be wise to pay attention to your inner warning signal so you don't find yourself in a similar situation again—and possibly worse off the next time around. Conclusion: Being aware of how you spend your time, where you pay attention, and how others make you feel can help identify ways to fill your life with more purpose. In turn, this may also lead to feelings of greater happiness and decreased depression.