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!
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