Is there a difference between a happy life and a meaningful life?  We explore the subtle differences and why this understanding can change your life.  We discuss a blog by Jed Diamond (Founder of the health program “Men Alive”) titled How the Science of a Meaningful Life Can Help Us Live Joyfully and Well:

  1. Happy people satisfy their wants and needs, but that seems largely irrelevant to a meaningful life.
  2. Happiness involves being focused on the present, whereas meaningfulness involves thinking more about the past, present, and future—and the relationship between them.
  3. Meaningfulness is derived from giving to other people; happiness comes from what they give to you.
  4. Meaningful lives involve stress and challenges.
  5. Self-expression is important to meaning but not happiness.

In a recent New York Magazine article they summarize a study that concludes Men Would Rather Give Themselves Electric Shocks Than Sit Alone With Their Thoughts. We discuss why we’re so uncomfortable with our minds.

In this week’s Hit ‘N Run Topic we discuss the new development regarding Archie’s Comic Digest.

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