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- There isn’t inherent “meaning” in anything.
We tend to let life pass us by, accrediting everything that happens as part of some “bigger picture,” and we tend to think that if our lives feel empty and without goals, it’s supposed to be that way. But life is more specific than that. “Meaning” is a term in and of itself that’s up for interpretation, and how we create meaning in our lives is how we interpret what meaning means to us. Our specific talents and goals and what we do to work for them create purpose in our lives. We alone give ourselves purpose; that is no one elses’ to give or take away from us.
- Meaning – and therefore happiness and fulfillment – can be created even among the worst situations.
No matter what goes on around us in our lives, whether happy or tragic, we can stick to our personal goals by focusing on what they mean to our lives and our state of existence. By giving ourselves goals, and a bigger personal picture to paint, we can give ourselves focus, priorities, and a purpose. We won’t get dragged down more than necessary, or get blown around to the point where we lose sight of everything we’re doing in our lives, just because something different gets thrown our way.
Working Hypothesis 1
Happiness doesn’t exist in and of itself. It only comes into being in each person’s individual life. No one can give it to us, no one can take it away. We create it for ourselves, and it only comes through finding our meaning and/or true calling in life, and creating goals that thusly help us reach that meaning.
Working Hypothesis 2
It is entirely possible to go through life without ever reaching a state of true happiness. Even with a job, a car, a nice house, a family…everything that can be normal dreams and goals, an individual sense of purpose might not be achieved if one is not willing to put in the work and the effort to create an optimal life.
Topics for Smaller Papers
- Finding Meaning Starts with Loving Yourself
We cannot fully form our goals to find our meaning in life if we don’t fully accept who are. We can’t accurately assess our personal talents, needs, and wants, if we are clouded with self-doubt.
- Our Meaning Should Spread Beyond Ourselves
Once we hopefully accomplish the task of creating a well-balanced, purposeful life, we shouldn’t keep it to ourselves. True happiness will spill out, motivating others to then create their own meaning and happiness.
Current State of the Research
I have my ideas pretty well outlined, I’m in the process of finding more sources to back up my claims as this could be seen as somewhat of a cliche topic. I do believe, however, that it is an important one. I really want to stress that a purposeful life entails hard work, especially in today’s world of instant gratification.