A Lesson About Happiness From A Holocaust Survivor

‘”Everything can be taken from a man but one thing,” Viktor Frankl (a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, who was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents) 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.”

Research has shown that having purpose and meaning in life increases overall well-being and life satisfaction, improves mental and physical health, enhances resiliency, enhances self-esteem, and decreases the chances of depression. On top of that, the single-minded pursuit of happiness is ironically leaving people less happy, according to recent research.

“It is the very pursuit of happiness, that thwarts happiness.”

What sets human beings apart from animals is not the pursuit of happiness, which occurs all across the natural world, but the pursuit of meaning, which is unique to humans.’

From: Business Insider.

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