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?