"If happiness is about getting what you want, it appears that meaningfulness is about doing things that express yourself."

"Meaning therefore presents itself as an important tool by which the human animal might impose stability on its world."

"The meaningful life, then, has four properties. It has purposes that guide actions from present and past into the future, lending it direction. It has values that enable us to judge what is good and bad; and, in particular, that allow us to justify our actions and strivings as good. It is marked by efficacy, in which our actions make a positive contribution towards realising our goals and values. And it provides a basis for regarding ourselves in a positive light, as good and worthy people."

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