What makes life worth living? Is it having fun? Is it comfort, safety, or security? Is it eating, drinking, and sleeping?
These experiences are certainly nice, because they are enjoyable, but do they instill pride or a sense of accomplishment? Probably not.
The core of living life to its fullest is the creation of meaning. I believe that every person, by virtue of simply being alive, has the opportunity and the challenge to imbue their days with meaning. The person who has a deep sense that their life has meaning can withstand the hardships of life much better than the person who is adrift. But how does one acquire this sense of meaning?! The recipe is simply this:
Create meaning by always growing!
Fortunately, many avenues exist for accomplishing this growth. They need not be epic in scale. You do not have to build a skyscraper or win an Olympic medal. A lady once told me that her meaning came from being one more person to love her grandchildren.
If you can’t think of any ways to create meaning by growing, here are my top nine suggestions for you.
So, what is better than happiness? It is meaningfulness! How is meaning created in our lives? It is by always growing. You can do it!
“My passion is ensuring that every adult is mentally ready to succeed in all transitions that comprise the adult years. The meaning in my life comes from helping my patients see themselves, their situation, their future, and the entire world with new eyes and a newly courageous attitude.