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Meaning of Life

How to Make Meaningful Choices You Won't Regret

Lisa M.P. Munoz | Posted 01.20.2015 | 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 01.15.2015 | 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 01.09.2015 | 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.

This Is How You Discover The Real Meaning Of Life

Ray Flynn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

NBA and college basketball great Jimmy Walker once said to me, 'Ray, you were one of the best outside shooters in college basketball and the highest vote getter in Boston history, when you were Mayor of Boston, so now that you are out of politics and sports, does all that excitement and meaning in life come to an end? Basketball is over for me, so what happens next?'

Adding Meaning to a Life Taken Too Soon: Ten Years Later

Jay Scott | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

This Friday, August 1, 2014 will mark 10 years since my daughter Alex lost her life to neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer, at just 8 years of age.

End the War on Disease

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Through my work with thousands of patients over the years, I have discovered that illness can serve as a catalyst for a new and improved life, if the situation is approached mindfully. Someone with heart disease, for example, can use the illness as an opportunity to get into and enjoy moving her body.

Let It Go

Lisa Longo | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

What if we all let go of hate and fear? What if we embraced kindness and compassion? What if today we found our inner hero and we were all brave enough to stand our ground for what we know what is right?

Death, Life and Rebirth

Maria Rodale | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Each death is a reminder of the mystery of it all -- a reminder that we can only live each day as if it were the most important day of our lives and love as if it means everything.

Life: Just a Game of Monopoly Taken Way Too Seriously

Danielle Posa | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Danielle Posa

We, humans, are the source for creating something new. We are the source for creating new systems, organizations, governments and a world that actually works for all people. And a world that can be so much more thrilling, unpredictable and abundant. We can make it all up... again.

Movies You Weren't Supposed To See As A Kid (But Watched Anyway)

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.20.2014 | Entertainment

You're a child or young adult, you're watching television and you stumble upon a movie that you're definitely not supposed to see. But you keep it on ...

Waiting to Die

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

As children, my three siblings and I thought my Uncle Nick lived at a funeral home -- after all, anytime we assembled for a family event, Uncle Nick w...

You Don't Need God To Have A Life Purpose: Rabbi

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.12.2014 | Religion

Having a life purpose may be the key to greater happiness and a longer life -- but how do we find it? Rabbi Levi Brackman tackled this question in ...

How Contemplating Death Can Help You Truly Live

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.22.2014 | Healthy Living

Many of us avoid facing the reality of our own mortality. But others, who contemplate death and accept its inevitability, often find themselves capabl...

60 Ways to Find Meaning in Life After 60

Margaret Manning | Posted 07.11.2014 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Whether they knew it or not, their lives had a purpose. With so many options available, life after 60 feels entirely different. When our purpose is no longer defined by the roles we used to play, how do we find meaning in life after 60?

Do We Really Know What Joy Is?

Donna Labermeier | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Labermeier

Make the time to do whatever it is that you love doing and are passionate about. Take responsibility for your own joy by creating it! Don't settle for a 'good enough' life. Live life to the fullest. Make it count.

Daily Meditation: To Love And Be Loved

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...