Monday, October 17, 2016

There's More to Life Than Being Happy: Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness

This morning we are sharing an older but good article from theatlantic.com entitled 'There's More to Life Than Being Happy: Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness.'

In today's instant gratification society, people tend to want to only do things that make them "happy." However this article brings up a much deeper point. That life isn't just about searching for the things that make us happy, but also about finding true meaning.

"This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love. When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how."

"The study participants reported deriving meaning from giving a part of themselves away to others and making a sacrifice on behalf of the overall group. In the words of Martin E. P. Seligman, one of the leading psychological scientists alive today, in the meaningful life "you use your highest strengths and talents to belong to and serve something you believe is larger than the self." 

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