What Makes Your Life Meaningful?

“Author Emily Esfahani Smith kept coming across the same themes when coming up with her theory on what makes life meaningful. Both in her research, in the scientific literature, and in her conversations with regular people, four things kept coming up: belonging, purpose, narrative, and transcendence.”

While our lives are each driven by unique factors, it turns out what gives our lives meaning typically falls into one of four categories.

This New York magazine article breaks down the four pillars of life’s meaning and offers a short questionnaire to figure out what’s the primary source of meaning in your life.