Happiness and meaningfulness

I found this article fascinating. It’s based on work by Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist, during his time in a Nazi concentration camp. He worked with suicidal people and came to a deeper understanding of why some people survived the horrific experience of the camps better than others.

His central thesis: Meaningfulness matters more than happiness. What gives us resilience is a sense that our life has meaning and direction, not how happy we are. Happiness is about taking, and meaningfulness is about giving.

A basic, clear premise that really got me thinking. I couldn’t sleep last night!  What do you think about this?

http://www.businessinsider.com/a-lesson-about-happiness-from-a-holocaust-survivor-2014-10

About dorijonesyang

As a former journalist in Hong Kong, I love writing books that bridge the gap of understanding between China and America.
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