The Four Pillars Of A Meaningful Life

The Four Pillars Of A Meaningful Life

#PositivePsychologyRecently I saw an amazing TED talk explaining the difference between a happy life and a meaningful life. Turns out it makes much more sense to pursue the latter. Because happiness comes and goes. It is a state of comfort and ease in the moment. Meaning goes deeper. In her talk, Emily Esfahani Smith, journalist and author, states that a meaningful life is built upon four pillars. Of course one can focus on one or two but paying attention to all of them definitely pays off in the long term. Reflecting on this I realized that all of these pillars have become essential fields of interest in my life over the last years. So I wanted to share them with you and link my very own thoughts on each of them in the times to come.

1. Belonging

Belonging comes from being in relationships in which you’re valued for who you are intrinsically and value others.

2. Purpose

Purpose does not mean finding the job that makes you happy. It is more about what you give than what you want. Use your strengths to serve others.

3. Transcendence

Transcendence happens in the rare moments when your sense of self fades away and you’re connected to a higher reality.

4. Story Telling

The story you tell yourself about yourself. Creating a narrative brings clarity. Why are you you? You are the author of your stories! Edit, interpret and retell them.

The TED Talk

For more details just watch the TED talk. It’s just about eleven minutes and will inspire you to give your life more meaning. Quite a nice deal if you ask me! 😉

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