One of my favorite questions actually. And one I often ask to myself. What fills my life with meaning? Then, now and in the future…
Isn’t it difficult to answer to such a thing without considering small and big events that have happened to you, things that have made you into who you are, that have made you reflect and self develop… Isn’t it true that meaningfulness is something bigger than yourself, yet something you‘ve realised feels meaningful to both yourself and this something bigger?
This recent article from The Atlantic even says that researchers have found that Having negative events happen to you, the study found, decreases your happiness but increases the amount of meaning you have in life. And that people who have meaning in their lives, in the form of a clearly defined purpose, rate their satisfaction with life higher even when they were feeling bad than those who did not have a clearly defined purpose.
The article author Emily Esfahani Smith, ties in the powerful story about the Jewish therapist Viktor Frankl that wrote the book Man’s search for meaning in 1946 after years in a concentration camp. One of his quotes goes like this: “If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.”
Happ.., I meant meaningful reading!