Is the Purpose of Life to be Happy?

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

If instead of happiness, we imagine that life is about discovering our unique meaning, then there is the possibility that this search may be challenging. On our journey to discover our meaning, we can postpone happiness. Happiness and a sense of well being can very well follow the discovery of a unique meaning and purpose in your life. It is in discovering your individual WHY that you can enrich your life.

Here is a quote from Viktor Frankl to consider:

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.”

Contact me to find out how to discover what life might expect from you, and in which ways you can take responsible action to answer the question: “What does life expect from me”?

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