A Happy Life or a Meaningful One – Do We Really Need to Choose?

April 6, 2015 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

Philosophers, researchers, spiritual leaders—they’ve all debated what makes life worth living. Is it a life filled with happiness or a life filled with purpose and meaning? Is there even a difference between the two?

Think of the human rights activist who fights oppression but ends up in prison—is she happy? Or the social animal who spends his nights (and some days) jumping from party to party—is that the good life?

These aren’t just academic questions. They can help us determine where we should invest our energy to lead the life we want.

Recently some researchers have explored these questions in depth, trying to tease apart the differences between a meaningful life and a happy one. Their research suggests there’s more to life than happiness—and even calls into question some previous findings from the field of positive psychology, earning it both a fair amount of press coverage and criticism.

Read A Happy Life or  Meaningful One – Do We Really Need to Choose? by Jill Suttie and Jason Marsh at YES! Magazine.

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Entry filed under: Health/Wellness, Heart/Soul.

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