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People who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, feel more in control and get more out of what they do. They also experience less stress, anxiety and depression.

But where do we find 'meaning and purpose'? It might be our religious faith, being a parent or doing a job that makes a difference. The answers vary for each of us but they all involve being connected to something bigger than ourselves.  Read more

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The answer to this question has changed over the years. In the past, I have done animal rescue. At one point I did volunteer work to help raise awareness about the rise in antibiotic resistant infections in mainstream society. Last year, my husband and I donated some weeping willow trees to a local park that had lost some over the winter. I think that I feel like my life has meaning when I am able to act in accordance with my beliefs. Living in integrity gives my life meaning.

Denise, New York, US2 Sep 2010, 13:31

Being able to help steer my kids in the right direction, knowing that they are able to talk to me about anything and know I won't judge them. Knowing that I will soon be teaching people the science of happiness through our 12 step programme and change not only where I live but hopefully the whole culture of the UK or at least help to do that anyway.

Christine, Plymouth, UK2 Sep 2010, 13:31
I was brought up in a religious family and, although I don't follow any religion now, I still think of myself as a spiritual person. I think we're all part of a bigger web of life and much more inter-connected than we realise. For me meaning and purpose come from doing a job that I feel makes a positive contribution, trying to be a good dad - and doing what I can to care for the world around me - the environment, other people and so on. Mark, Kingston, Surrey2 Sep 2010, 13:31

Happiness facts

Optimism helps us achieve our goalsResearch shows that people who are optimistic tend to be happier, healthier and cope better in tough times.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined"
- Henry David Thoreau

 

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