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The pursuit of happiness

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This discussion was created from comments split from: 2017-11-30 - Speakeasy Reading.


  • DiakhaDiakha Posts: 80 ✭✭
    Hi everybody ! This thurday january 04, we’ve been studying a TEDTALK offered by Emily Esfahani Smith, Author of the book "The Power of Meanin". Emily argue that the search for meaning is far more fulfilling than the pursuit of personal happiness.
    This is what we could retain:
    Is there is more to life than being happy?
    Numerous are those who think that the purpose of life is pursuing happiness. And not so long in our path for happiness, we often come to realize that, instead of ever feeling fulfilled we end up feeling anxious and sometimes depressed.
    The reason is: chasing happiness can make people unhappy. Why? Because happiness is a state of comfort and ease - feeling good in the moment. And this can’t be permanent. The different moments (bad and good) will alternate continuously.
    So maybe aiming to seeking for meaning in life is a more fulfilling path to follow. And studies have showed this: those who have meaning in life are more resilient, do better at work and at school, and live longer.
    So how to live more meaningfully? Emily has proposed 4 pillars:
    1. Belonging: it means to be in relationships where you’re valued for who you really are and where you value the others the same way. This true kind of belonging springs from love.
    2. Purpose: purpose is less about what you want for yourself than what you give to others. The key to purpose is using your strengths to serve others. It gives you something to live for. And it’s related to the “Why”.
    3. Transcendence: transcendence is experienced in those rare moments when you’re lifted above the hustle and the bustle of daily life. You feel connected to a higher level of reality.
    4. Storytelling: It is the story you tell yourself about your life. Creating narrative from the events of your life brings clarity. It helps you understand better yourself. Your life isn’t just a list of events. You can interpret and retell your story. And you can change your story by your own by reflecting on your life thoughtfully. That could take years and be painful. But embracing painful memories can lead to new insights and wisdom, to find that which will sustain you.
    In the end, being in the presence of these pillars help us all live more deeply (that’s what religions do for example).
    Thus, we need to build these pillars in ours families and ours institutions to help people become they best selves.
    Best regards.
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