Video: There’s more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith

Key Takeaways:

  • The data shows that chasing happiness can make people unhappy
  • A lack of having meaning in life according to research is a predictor of despair
  • Psychologists define happiness as a state of comfort and ease, feeling good in the moment
  • Studies show that people who have meaning in their lives are more resilient, they do better at school and at work, and they live longer
  • The four pillars of a meaningful life: 1. Belonging: comes from being in relationships where you’re valued for who you are intrinsically and where you value others as well  2. Purpose: Is less about what you want than about what you give, the key to purpose is using your strengths to serve others 3. Transcendence: transcendence states are those rare moments when you’re lifted above the hustle and bustle of daily life, your sense of self fades away, and you feel connected to a higher reality 4. Storytelling: The story you tell yourself about yourself
  • Now, finding your purpose is not the same thing as finding that job that
    makes you happy. Purpose is less about what you want than about what you give
  • Transcendence states are those rare moments when you’re lifted above the hustle and bustle of daily life, your sense of self fades away, and you feel connected to a higher reality

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