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Worry less about the meaning of life, and more about the meaning in your life

Viktor Frankl believed that “what was really needed [for a meaningful life] was a fundamental change in our attitude toward life. We had to learn ourselves and, furthermore, we had to teach the despairing men that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.”

Becoming: Self-Actualization or Self-Transcendence

Most of us are on a quest to be happy. But happiness is too often about what we can take in from the external world to make us feel good. Frankl argues that the best life is a life in search of meaning. In a world set on consumption, pleasure, and superficial happiness, Frankl wants to flip the question, “What can I get?” to “What is wanted of me?” This is a paradigm shift that takes us from the realm of self-actualization to self-transcendence.