But in a TED Talk held earlier this year, writer and positive psychology instructor at University of Pennsylvania Emily Esfahani Smith argued that despite our culture’s obsession with the pursuit of personal happiness, understanding your meaning in life is the secret to your resilience and success.
“Many psychologists define happiness as a state of comfort and ease, feeling good in the moment. Meaning, though, is deeper,” Smith said.
For those who may not know where to start to live a more meaningful life, Smith details these four pillars to help set you on a more fulfilling path:
1. Value others and find people who value you
2. Find your purpose
3. Experience Transcendence
4. Be in control of your life story