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There’s more to life than being happy.

Having meaning in life, serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you- gives you something to hold onto.

We and our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you- gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.

In her book “The Power of Meaning,” Emily Esfahani Smith rounds up the latest research- and the stories of fascinating people she interviewed to argue that the search for meaning is far more fulfilling than the pursuit of personal happiness.

The data showed that chasing happiness can make people unhappy.  Happiness comes and goes. But when life is really good and when things are really bad, having meaning gives you something to hold on to. 

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