Meaningful Life

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Last year, we talked about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need, particularly the top level of self-actualization.   This is often described as the pursuit of happiness, which is thought of as a life of ease, plenty, and personal freedom.

I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit, though, and I think a better description of self-actualization is the act of leading a meaningful life, with the byproduct being happiness in the form of deep satisfaction and fulfillment.

I think it’s a natural instinct to want a meaningful life, one that makes a difference and that matters.  Everyone wants to know that their existence matters, that the world would be a little less bright if they hadn’t lived.  Even people who are barely surviving day-to-day yearn to live a life that leaves a mark in the world, at least in some small way.

The question that has been asked since the first humans is what makes for a meaningful life?

What’s your answer to this question?  Feel free to share in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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