I have been seeing this phrase pop up a lot in media feeds, and I felt like addressing it.
"Meaning verses Happiness".
So here's some info on the debate from the internet (yeah, yeah, I know, see next sentance).
And while interesting, I believe its ultimately a worthless use of time.
Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness - The Atlantic
"Happiness without meaning characterizes a relatively shallow, self-absorbed or even selfish life, in which things go well, needs and desire are easily satisfied, and difficult or taxing entanglements are avoided," the authors of the study wrote. "If anything, pure happiness is linked to not helping others in need.” While being happy is about feeling good, meaning is derived from contributing to others or to society in a bigger way.
MY WORDS: "Thanks for the 'study'". I'll be sure to put that on my daily action priority list.
Happiness vs Meaning: Have You Been Misled All Along?
I believe everybody is inclined to choose happiness over meaning anytime. What does “meaning” even mean?
First, too much happiness can literally endanger us. People who are feeling this tend to take uncalculated risks, that is, when too much is at stake even if gains are negligible.
Second, happiness is not suited for every situation. Seeking happiness just for the sake of feeling it can backfire.
MY WORDS: Thanks for telling me about life and it's many choices. What do I do now? (hands waving held at shoulder height)
blah, blah, blah....
I think that what we have here is a fundamental mistake in comparison.
Individual meaning changes over time and through personal experience, hopefully.
The concept of happiness changes drastically and powerfully based on emotion and physiological states.
One moves faster than the other, and neither has a direct connection, but there are associations between the two concepts.
To put these two words in direct opposition to each is useless. Write 10k words about it and get nowhere.
We can debate everything, and that's all well and fun, there's somethings that are only solved by personal experience.
The "meaning" of meaning and the "feeling" of happiness emmanate from individual experience over a vast spectrum.
No more "verses". They both exist and we all have to deal with them on our own.
No answer from me. Maybe a better answer from you, for you.
The Individual Is Paramount
As Within So Without