Meaningfulness and Happiness are intertwined, and the popular misconception is that they both mean the same thing, but they don’t. They are indeed different……Meaningfulness does not guarantee happiness and vice versa. Finding the meaning of your life, your purpose doesn’t necessarily guarantee Happiness.
Happiness is linked to being a taker rather than a giver! Meaningfulness, however, is more associated with being a giver, rather than a taker. Satisfying your needs and wants is a reliable source of happiness, but has nothing to do with giving you a sense of meaning. Meaningfulness is about expressing and defining yourself, it’s more deeply tied to a value of self and your purpose in life and your community.
A life of unhappiness, but meaningful involves stress, struggles and challenges; but while being in that unhappy state of consciousness, it is possible to be connected to a larger sense of value and purpose while making positive contributions to society. Happiness without meaning is characterized by a relatively shallow and often self-oriented life, in which things go well, needs and desires are readily satisfied.
Is it possible to have both?
A meaningful life can contribute to being happy and being happy can also contribute to finding life more meaningful. When aspiring to a life well lived, look for things that have meaning-deep relationships, Family, socializing, altruism and purposeful self-expression. Rather than looking for pleasure alone, work towards long term goals, look beyond yourself to find purpose in what you’re trying to achieve, draw meaning from a larger context………And along the way, you will find happiness and meaningfulness and incorporate them into your lives.
Have a meaningful Monday!!