a thought for you today. . .
The "Atlantic" has a great article on happiness written by Emily Esfahani Smith. She discusses Viktor Frankl, the author of "Man's Search for Meaning", who was in a Nazi concentration camp. You are probably familiar with his inspiring life story. Here is an excerpt from her article:
There's More to Life Than Being Happy
Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness
In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished -- but he, prisoner number 119104, had lived. In his bestselling 1946 book, Man's Search for Meaning, which he wrote in nine days about his experiences in the camps, Frankl concluded that the difference between those who had lived and those who had died came down to one thing: Meaning, an insight he came to early in life. When he was a high school student, one of his science teachers declared to the class, "Life is nothing more than a combustion process, a process of oxidation." Frankl jumped out of his chair and responded, "Sir, if this is so, then what can be the meaning of life?"
As he saw in the camps, those who found meaning even in the most horrendous circumstances were far more resilient to suffering than those who did not. "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing," Frankl wrote in Man's Search for Meaning, "the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
To read the entire article go here.
Another thought from the article that I believe sums it up beautifully is:
"Happy people get a lot of joy from receiving benefits from others while people leading meaningful lives get a lot of joy from giving to others," according to Kathleen Vohs.
I found a list of things happy people do. After reading the thoughts of Viktor Frankl, perhaps the title should be changed to 12 Things to do for a Meaningful Life!!
We are given the gift of our lives. We all live 24 hours in each day. We choose how to spend those 24 hours and we choose our attitudes in life. I love being inspired by Viktor Frankl who lived through extremely horrendous tragedies day in and day out and yet urges us to live by our higher selves. I am grateful to these noble souls who point us forward and upward!!
I am grateful to Erin from My Thirty Spot for sharing the above list with us!! Did you notice that FB.com created it as a tribute to Stephen R. Covey? Another inspiring person who helps us reach higher!!
I wanted a copy of this list to put in one of my many journals. Let me tell you how I coped it. I left clicked on it which put it in its own page. Then I right clicked to copy image and pasted it into Word. At that point you can size it however you want.
I plan on pondering each point and reaching higher in life myself!!
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