Most people agree that, generally, they strive for a meaningful life. But what does it actually mean to have meaning in one’s life and how does purpose relate to anxiety and depression? What makes a life purposeful and what doesn’t will be different for every individual. There is no one-size-fits-all definition, but often people focus on the following four aspects to define meaning in their lives:
- Organizing your life around core values like supporting your family, living authentically, and serving the community.
- Behaving goal-oriented and future-focused instead of impulse-driven and pleasure-guided.
- Assuming responsibility for yourself and others.
- Seeking knowledge and universal truth.