Is it Possible to Have Both a Happy Life and a Meaningful Life?
What contributes to your happiness and what gives your life meaning?
Spending money to get things contributed to happiness, but managing money was linked to meaningfulness.
Past misfortunes reduce present happiness, but they are linked to higher meaningfulness — perhaps because people cope with them by finding meaning.
"Years go by fast that it's ard not to think about the future. You live for the moment, of course, but you've also got to prepare for the future. That's life. That's everybody. Being in the situation you're in now you definitely think about it, but you do live for the moment." - Lebron James
The main take away from all of this is in order to have a happy life you'll have to live in the present and be a 'taker'. In the case of happiness, it is better to receive than to give. In order to have a meaningful life, you'll have to plan for the future and analyze your past. As the saying goes, it is better to give than to receive. Find the right balance and you'll have a meaningful happy life.
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