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Happiness vs. Meaning

We can all attain a meaningful life.

In a study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, Jennifer Aaker of Stanford Graduate School of Business, along with colleagues, found discoveries about life in how people spend their time and what experiences they cultivate – Happiness was linked to being a taker rather than a giver, whereas meaningfulness went with being a giver rather than a taker.

This brought about the debate of happiness vs meaningfulness. A happy life does not necessarily create a meaningful existence but we can all attain and maintain a meaningful life. Here are some ideas worth contemplating:
Agreement – we can enjoy an enhanced sense of meaning by aligning what we are doing with what we really want to do, and not just what's popular, available, or lucrative.
Dedication – any meaningful experience is first preceded by the achievement of a goal, and it takes commitment to initiate, go through, and achieve our goals, no matter how small or great they are.
Congruence – a sense of meaning in life can also be linked to consistency between who we are and how we present ourselves. Put another way, any conflict of identity can significantly lower our ability to experience personal meaning in life.
Community – at our very core, we are social beings and our ultimate sense of meaning couldn't depend more on our wiring to seek out strong and meaningful social connections. It is that sense of belonging that makes life meaningful.
Giving – the meaning we bring to the world and to other people's lives ultimately return to us in a form of a sense of fulfillment which incites happiness in us at the highest level only humans know and appreciate. And as a result, we become more grateful for the life we have.

Tosin Adewumi
The All-Round You | Passion Reveals Purpose

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