So if you have been going to this site for long, you understand my goals with this site. To help fellow humans be the best human they can be through whatever advice I can give from what I have read and experienced in my life. To strive for what I talk about here is to win at life.
As the saying goes:
For life to get easier, you have to get better.
I have covered many different subjects on this site, but this one will be new topic for me to cover.
I personally thrive on learning and coming across new things. New names, new information, new people…whatever I can absorb through being as open minded as possible to help me get a broader perspective on my life.
Absolutely whatever you learn and experience that is unique and original (especially novel) will change your life.
And here is where I bring you something that may be new to you. The idea wasn’t really new to me, but a fresh reminder is always nice.
I have talked about happiness a lot. Happiness is obviously a good thing. And the study of happiness has come a long way.
Unfortunately, studies suggest that many who try to be happy get unhappier.
So what does one do about that?
Well I will say that going to the doctor is not going to help. Their idea of fixing is giving you a prescription for some anti depressant…
So you are just gonna live off pills for the rest of your life?
No, you gotta find a better way than that. And I have got just the ticket for you.
Focus on meaning and purpose in your life.
Or if you don’t feel like you do have anything meaningful in your life, make something or find something.
People who have kids (and treasure them) or have a meaningful job or a cause they are committed to have meaning and purpose.
People who decide to go join the Peace Corps or join a group that feed the homeless or build houses for said people? They have meaning and purpose. It makes them feel good and happy about what they are doing with their lives.
That is what I am talking about.
But why is it better?
Happiness is great, don’t get me wrong. But it is still an emotion. It is felt in the present. Meaning on the other hand is much more persistent in nature and maybe more persevering.
It can radiate from your past, present and future.
If you know that you mean something to someone else or do things to help people directly, then that feeling will last. That feeling is going to stick with you.
What this essentially also means is that you are a kinder person.
Nothing wrong with that right?
Happiness is you satisfying your own desires and needs. But in working on meaning within yourself, you are helping others achieve theirs.
I am thinking that is a win-win, eh?
Back during the Holocaust, there was a man named Victor Frankl who was a psychiatrist and also a holocaust survivor. He helped other camp inmates by reminding them to think of the meaning in their lives. This helped many to muster the resolve they needed to survive the horrific ordeal.
Frankl once said,
He who knows the ‘why’ for their existence, will be able to bear almost any ‘how’.
We are humans…
There are a lot of things that sets us apart from animals besides just opposing thumbs. One of the most important is that we have the ability to pursue meaning.
We are in this Universe as we are to be all that we can be. To do that, we can’t just be happy, but useful. Which means we have to find our meaning in life. What do you bring to the proverbial table for fellow humans?
We can’t all be Ghandis or Martin Luther Kings or John F Kennedys. But we do have to do our part. To do our part, we have to be the best human we can be.
That is why I continue to share on this site. Post by post.
I do my part by writing (which I love to do) about matters of the human improvement (which I also love to do) on the
levels, among other things. I like to talk about the Universe and how it works, too.
I even offer education about new findings for optimal health like redox signaling molecules.
So there is my meaning…what about yours?
Let me know in the comments below your thoughts and meaning. Share, this too as this article could go a long way in helping all of us.