Tag Archives: Happiness

The Value of Meaning Over Happiness

If you had to characterize it one way or another, would you say your life is more about happiness or meaning?

According to a recent piece from The Atlantic, there could be a significant difference between primarily pursuing one as opposed to the other. A handful of quotes from the article:

  • Research has shown that having purpose and meaning in life increases overall well-being and life satisfaction, improves mental and physical health, enhances resiliency, enhances self-esteem, and decreases the chances of depression. On top of that, the single-minded pursuit of happiness is ironically leaving people less happy, according to recent research. “It is the very pursuit of happiness,” Frankl knew, “that thwarts happiness.”
  • Researchers found that a meaningful life and happy life overlap in certain ways, but are ultimately very different. Leading a happy life, the psychologists found, is associated with being a “taker” while leading a meaningful life corresponds with being a “giver.”