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Life Meaning

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 Makes Life Worth Living? Take a Moment to Ask

Miroslav Volf | Posted 10.25.2014 | World
Miroslav Volf

Various forces bigger than ourselves -- perhaps most of all marketing and pop culture - shape our goals without us realizing it, guiding our lives for us, often in directions that, were we to think about it, we would want to resist. Life becomes, for instance, a series of consumer decisions based on our preferences for this or that experience, or a mad race for some vaguely-defined "success."

The 4 Maxims That Have Helped Me Live A Better Life

Richard Abrons | Posted 08.18.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Richard Abrons

A few maxims have become embedded in my psyche and have helped me live a better life. They are few and they are not old favorites like 'a rolling stone gathers no moss' or 'a penny saved is a penny earned.'

The Secret To Living A Long, Happy Life

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living

We are often encouraged by friends, family, teachers and mentors to discover our true passion and channel it into the work we do, thus creating a life...

Six Works Of Art That Could Help You To Live

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 04.28.2014 | World

It comes naturally to most of us to think of music as therapeutic. Almost all of us are, without training, DJs of our own souls, deft at selecting pie...

Legacies Through the Decades

Rachael Freed | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Take time to reflect and write about who you are and were, in earlier periods of your life. Divide the time in any way that fits your life and the stages you moved into and out of through your years and because of your unique experiences.

Your Other Biological Clock: When Do You Start Pursuing A Life That Matters?

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 09.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

The muddled message we then send is that our meaning in life comes from the work we do. While that may be true for some people, it's certainly not the case for many. Here are five ways to begin crafting more meaningful connections and lives.

Dare to Be 100: Why Live? To Be Necessary

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Being necessary conveys many implications, small and grand. The dimensions of these applications, grandiose or minimal, are not so important as their direction. Being necessary to me means being an energy source, rather than an energy sink.

What Milestone Birthdays Really Mean

Dr. Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D. | Posted 03.29.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D.

Comedian, satirist and 'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart has quizzically remarked several times since Thanksgiving that he is now 50. He says it with what appears to be a combination of amazement, amusement, perplexity and near disbelief. He's not alone.

Finding the Poetry of Life

Patricia Rust | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Patricia Rust

I once asked my father whether life became any easier with time and he answered honestly, "No, it becomes more difficult. The challenges are tougher." And maybe they are. But our life skills are also better, so hopefully we can cope with the challenges much better.

The Reality of Mortality

Erin Smith | Posted 10.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin Smith

I don't know what happens after we die. But I do know that we have a responsibility to ourselves to take charge, to the best of our ability, of what happens when we live on earth. To do otherwise is selling ourselves short.

Disaster or Opportunity? You Choose

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 10.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

Looking back at such experiences we often realize they weren't nearly as bad as they seemed. In fact, sometimes they even turned out to have a lot of benefits, yet at the time they seemed like disasters.

Navigating (And Experiencing) The Twists And Turns Of Life

Alex Pattakos | Posted 08.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

A labyrinth is not a maze or a puzzle to be solved but a path of meaning to be experienced. We are never really lost, but we can never quite see where we are going.

The Meaning of Life in Two Words

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 07.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

The path to lasting happiness is never easy. It takes mental discipline to turn away from the quick fixes being marketed to the masses. And it takes patience to make emotional investments in the people around you.

Are You Guided by Meaning or Ambition?

Russell Bishop | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

If you only had that one remaining year, would you hope to spend more time at the office? Would enriching the financial bank account be your focus? Or would you be seeking something more qualitative in your life?

Living A Poetic Life

Tamsin Rothschild | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamsin Rothschild

Who would not want a little more poetry in their life? And I am not talking about drama, I am talking about poetry. And not necessarily Keats either.