In a scientific view of things, researchers at Stanford University have made a comparison of happiness and meaningfulness in life. On a common standpoint, a person wants to pursue a happy and meaningful life, but the research indicates that happiness is selfish, and meaningfulness focuses on looking at the past, present and future, which makes the experience different from each other.
Finding meaning in life, according to the study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, is looking to the past for accomplishment and the future for goals, and achieving this is not a happy experience. Happiness, according to the psychological study, focuses on being more of a “taker” than a “giver.”
Every kind of occupation has pressure and difficulties, which could cloud the happiness and objective of the person, having them feel unhappiness and stress. But those unconcerned with life’s meaning find that they are more concerned about themselves rather than the past or future, in short, they find no direction or purpose for their lives.
Jennifer Aaker, a social psychologist who co-authored the study, said that meaningfulness meant being more of a “giver” than a taker.” Sticking with a happy life, which means all desires are met and needs are given without much difficulty, is that it leaves people unprepared for the challenges that lie ahead. The one who prioritizes meaning is built to endure, with a direction and goal while molding him or her into something capable of handling virtually anything.