Some key differences between a happy life and a meaningful life

@article{Baumeister2012SomeKD,
  title={Some key differences between a happy life and a meaningful life},
  author={Roy F. Baumeister and Kathleen D. Vohs and Jennifer L. Aaker and Emily N. Garbinsky},
  journal={The Journal of Positive Psychology},
  year={2012},
  volume={8},
  pages={505 - 516}
}
Being happy and finding life meaningful overlap, but there are important differences. A large survey revealed multiple differing predictors of happiness (controlling for meaning) and meaningfulness (controlling for happiness). Satisfying one’s needs and wants increased happiness but was largely irrelevant to meaningfulness. Happiness was largely present oriented, whereas meaningfulness involves integrating past, present, and future. For example, thinking about future and past was associated… Expand
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