Power Of A Meaningful Life

Posted on January 25, 2017

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Whether it's aiming for a job promotion, seeing a new movie, or even having another child, we can attribute almost all of our actions and behaviors to one thing--happiness. It's human nature to want to be happy, and pursuing it can be done in various ways, even if some of them cause you distress. This is the reason why journalist Emily Smith warns the dangers of putting too much attention and effort into being happier. If you place happiness behind the finishing point and relentlessly chase your way towards it, there are bound to be a few heavy bumps along the road.

Research has shown that people who are fixated on happiness have a higher chance of becoming lonely and unhappy. In other words, people can become so blinded by their pursuit of happiness that it prevents them from living a meaningful life. And that is what Emily Smith advocates. The journalist believes that meaning is what gives life value. Once you apply meaning, the simplest act like opening a door for a stranger can fill you with a sense of satisfaction.

Take money for example. It is commonly believed that the more money you have, the happier you will become. And so, many workers slave away at their jobs for that monthly salary--for that new house by the beach or the slick red sports car. However, money is just paper. It's crucial for basic needs like food and shelter. Yet after that point, what really makes things worthwhile is the meaning behind it. Money by itself is, dare I say, worthless. What gives money value is how you apply meaning to it. What makes the beach house worth it is the family and friends that will fill into the structure. By having meaning applied to different aspects of your life, happiness can be attained.

Source material from Scientific American

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