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Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 07:13 PM

People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity.


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 06:37 AM

I think I have reached a point in my life...
where I both have meaning and happiness...

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 07:11 AM

I think it's relative. But I'd rather die to change the world for the better, than live with everything I ever wanted, knowing I've done nothing to deserve it.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 01:13 PM

"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."  - Friedrich Nietzsche

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 03:10 PM

I've found this to be true in my life.

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 10:59 PM

“Empty positive emotions” — like the kind people experience during manic
episodes or artificially induced euphoria from alcohol and drugs —
”are about as good for you as adversity,” says Fredrickson.
.....which makes me positively throbbing with happiness!
(and alcohol.)

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 11:02 PM

I've long since moved past the idea that either concept actually matters.
I'd think it would be the other way around and that "happiness" is more important than the subjective and arbitrary concept of "meaning"
Oh well. Interesting read though.

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:14 AM

Wonder how many people participated in the study, or maybe I missed it. But what of a person who believes their life is devoid of meaning and happiness?

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