Meaning and Happiness

Meaning and Happiness

My clients and I often discuss the difference between searching for happiness and searching for meaning. While “feeling good” or “hedonic happiness” is what most people tend to strive for, it is a transient emotional experience. “Eudemonic happiness” or “doing good” creates a sense of meaning that we can hold on to (even in the presence of negative emotional states). Research has shown that the happiness of “doing good” impacts us on a more profound level than we realize; it alters our biology and fights illness.

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