For my research topic I will be examining how the search for meaning and purpose in life can create happiness even in bad situations. As most people misguidedly believe, happiness is the end goal of life. If we’re happy, then life is good. But happiness is rather a shallow concept. Our ideal concept of happiness is comfort, no problems in life, surrounded by all of our closest family and friends. But life has more to it than that. We will always encounter problems, there will always be bad days, and loneliness will show its face more than we’d like.
What we’re really searching for is meaning in our lives. No matter what our circumstances are, we can create happiness in our lives. With a little hard work, motivation, and dedication, we can lead productive, fulfilling lives, and give ourselves meaning. We can wake up everyday with a clear goal in mind, and in so doing, create happiness.
This is the article originally posted on the blog. I will use it as my source of general information to give the reader some background.
I will use this short article, written in the first person, as a down-to-earth example of creating happiness and meaning amidst awful circumstances.
I will use this article to back up my thesis that meaning and happiness is created by oneself. We don’t inherently have meaning in our lives.
I will use this article because it has several suggestions and ideas to help creating meaning in one’s life, even amidst severe depression or anxiety.
I will use this article as a way to talk about the fact that despite looking for meaning in our lives, we fail often. Creating a purposeful life is hard work, one that requires much time and effort, but is very worth it.