06/11/2014 10:03 am ET Updated Jun 12, 2014

Rabbi Levi Brackman Says Having A Life Purpose Doesn't Need To Include God

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 a recent HuffPost Live interview with Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, also addressing the dilemma of whether belief in God is necessary for finding life purpose.

"People think that purpose is connected to a belief in God," Rabbi Brackman said, "and it's not."

The rabbi referenced Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning to say, "If you understand who you are and you understand where you fit in, that's your purpose."

Rabbi Brackman compared a person's life purpose to the shape of an individual piece of a puzzle.

"If you know where that piece of a puzzle goes because you understand what that piece looks like, what everything else around it looks like and you fit it in, that's where that piece is supposed to fit," Rabbi Brackman explained.

Belief in God is not universal, but according to the rabbi anyone can find their life purpose.

"We are all a piece of a puzzle. And as long as we understand ourselves, we can understand where we fit in the universe... It's really not that difficult to figure out if one is willing to do the work."

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article referred to Victor Franco instead of Viktor Frankl.



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