Meaningful is the new black. Flush your Prozac and toss out your How To Be Happy self-help books, it turns happiness is not all that.
A quick definition breakdown of happy vs. meaningful is in order. According to this Atlantic article happy experiences are associated with “taking” and meaning is associated with “giving” or “service.” We all know that happiness can ring hollow and is always fleeting. But meaning, ie. getting pleasure from providing a service which provides pleasure…that’s the whole enchilada.
So if one is looking to sustain a fulfilling and enjoyable existence one should strive for more meaning in their life in order to be, um, well…not sad.