01/31/2014 08:51 am ET | Updated Feb 01, 2014

5 Ways To Have A More Meaningful Life

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By Sally Wadyka

If someone asked you whether you wanted your life to be meaningful or happy, chances are you'd say "both." A recent study, published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, takes an interesting look at whether or not that's truly possible. Researchers analyzed 397 adults over a month-long period, using self-assessment questionnaires to determine whether people thought their lives were happy or meaningful. They found that while the two states aren't synonymous, they're not mutually exclusive either. A rich life, ultimately, seems to need healthy doses of both short-term happiness and lasting substance. To get you started, here are five ways to make your life more meaningful.

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