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Meaning of Life

Scientists Asked 650+ People, 'What is Happiness?' This Is How They Replied.

David Sze | Posted 06.26.2015 | Healthy Living
David Sze

Are people confused about their own happiness? Or are researchers stuck in their ivory towers, blinded to the needs of the masses?

How Americans and Chinese Think About Happiness Differently

David Sze | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
David Sze

Researchers and thinkers have often claimed that cultures can be divided between individualistic cultures and collectivistic cultures. The former prioritize individual satisfaction and achievement, while the latter prioritize the collective goals of the family, group and society.

The Art of Being Alive Series: Interview With the Founder of 'The Happiness Planner"

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 06.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Adedayo Fashanu

"The Happiness Planner is a stationery line designed to help people welcome more happiness, positivity, and joy into their lives by applying the pra...

Love Life: 3 Meaningful Minutes With Rob Lowe

Maya Mathias | Posted 06.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maya Mathias

(Image from eonline.com) It's a good thing I hadn't followed Rob Lowe's 36-year career all that closely (Michael J Fox was more my vibe back in the...

The Father of Positive Psychology and His Two Theories of Happiness

David Sze | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
David Sze

What can we learn from the "father" of positive psychology's two theories of happiness? Don't chase pleasure or positive emotions. You don't have to be sunny all the time in order to flourish. Instead, pursue flow states, and serve something bigger than yourself.

How to Live 2 Years Longer Without Changing Your Diet or Exercise Regimen

Amy Morin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

A new study published in The Lancet reports that having a sense of meaning and purpose may increase your lifespan.

How to Find Unconventional Bliss

Amanda Wowk | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Amanda Wowk

The universe constantly delivers signs that you're on the right path; you just need to heighten your awareness of its guidance.

Lost in the Grips of Narcissism - An Excerpt From The Egotist

Jesse Bogner | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

Back in New York, I had never felt so alone. I was angry at the world, a world that had failed to recognize my greatness. My inability to cope with discomfort led me to self-medicate to the point of assured self-destruction.

My Thorfties

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger I had a startling thought the other day. I wondered if the time had come when I can no longer bro...

Dare to Be 100: Peter Singer's Mighty Voice

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Yesterday I bought Singer's new book, "The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically." (1) I eagerly look ...

What I Learned From Crashing a Funeral

Ryan Greenhalgh | Posted 05.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Ryan Greenhalgh

It was raining when I woke up. How fitting. Today I was going to follow in the footsteps of the wisest and sharpest professor I've had to date. I wa...

What If Your Life Were a Movie?

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

I just read a little book on life after death called The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, by Annie Kagan. You'll have to read it yourself to understand ...

The Meaning of Life (the Real One, not Monty Python)

Peter Samuelson | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Peter Samuelson

isn't one of the defining features of an alert life in its third and terminal act, surely to look back, look forward, and to ask what this is all for? I have, and I continue to do so.x

How to Make Meaningful Choices You Won't Regret

Lisa M.P. Munoz | Posted 03.22.2015 | Science
Lisa M.P. Munoz

Even though all the research tells us that money in and of itself won't bring us meaning, we still are, understandably, lured to wealth. We need to inject more of our passions into everyday life -- to create the sparks that give us more meaning. Only then can we truly author our own lives.

WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains The Meaning Of Life To A 6-Year-Old

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.21.2015 | Science

During an event in Boston on Thursday, Neil deGrasse Tyson fielded an inquiry from "Jackson," a precocious 6-year-old, who asked a question that's occ...

Words That Describe the Meaning of Life

Cathy Cassani Adams | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Cathy Cassani Adams

A friend of mine just lost her beloved aunt. She was with her in her last days, and as they cried together her aunt said, "You know why we feel this way? Because we know what love is. Aren't we so blessed? I am so grateful I got to know you and love you."

The Day I Finally Figured Out How To 'Do Life Right'

Julie Fingersh | Posted 03.11.2015 | Fifty
Julie Fingersh

I am 12 and my great aunt, Etty, is taking me to lunch. Etty is in her 60s, but to me, she's about 100. She leans over the table, raises her bright-red polished fingernail at me. 'Let me tell you some thing, Honey. We only come this way once. But if you do it right, once is enough.' This is good news. This is bad news.

Meaning and Purpose in Life: Commonplace or Hard to Come By?

Paul G. Mattiuzzi | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul G. Mattiuzzi

The quest for a higher purpose and a greater meaning (the "Holy Grail") is sometimes difficult and it has no end point. Still, it is not a hopeless journey. According to the research, most people easily find meaning, all along the way.

Burying a Friend Younger Than Me

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

There is no great wisdom, there is no great secret, that will ever make life's struggle easier. The essence of wisdom is to know that we will never know. Life will always be challenging. It would always demand great effort.

5 Questions That Will Test Your Sense Of Meaning In Life

Psychology Today | Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

Whether or not you’re aware of it, the need for your life to have meaning is at the roots of the motivation that makes you uniquely human. Positive ...

To Feel Meaningful Is To Feel Immortal

Scientific American | Clay Routledge | | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

Imagine when our ancestors first started to look up at the stars and question their place in the universe. Why are we here? Are we alone? What happens...

Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

Business Insider | Emily Esfahani Smith | Posted 10.23.2014 | World

"It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness." In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in ...

What's Stopping You From Achieving Your Dreams?

Bernard Hiller | Posted 12.14.2014 | Entertainment
Bernard Hiller

Abraham Maslow the famous motivational psychologist once said that, "Until you take care of your lower needs, you will never be able to fulfill your higher needs." The reason most people never fulfill their dreams or goals is because their basic human needs are never met.

This 6-Year-Old Outsmarts Us All, Explains True Meaning Of Life

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.18.2014 | Good News

The truths that come from the mouths of babes can be nothing short of incredible sometimes. In this stop-motion animation film about the real mean...

When We Come Alive

Jon Foreman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Jon Foreman

if the meaning of life cannot be answered by the scientists or the philosophers, then it's up to the rest of us to define what it means to be alive. We, the living, answer that question every day -- not with our words, but with our lives. Let us show what life means to us with our actions.