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There's more to life than being happy - Emily Esfahani Smith


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Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life -- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you -- gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Smith offers 4 pillars of a meaningful life.

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Middlemarch by George Eliot - Amazon
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There's more to life than being happy - The Atlantic
Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness. The Atlantic explains.

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