The time between diagnosis and death presents an opportunity for “extraordinary growth.”
The problem is not simply a social one — it’s an existential one, too. There is a direct connection between how alone people feel and how meaningful they judge their lives to be.
In Lisa Genova’s novels, tragedy and hardship reveal individual worth and the power of love.
In the face of hardship, some people manage to find deeper meaning and purpose. Discover the factors of post-traumatic growth.
Pulitzer winner Joe Rago is gone too soon.
The idea that a meaningful life must be or appear remarkable is not only elitist but also misguided. The most meaningful lives are often not the extraordinary ones. They’re the ordinary ones lived with dignity.
Contemporary society has some very wrong-headed ideas about what constitutes success. Popular thinking holds that a person who went to Harvard is smarter and better than someone who attended Ohio State; that a father who stays at home with his kids is contributing less to society than a man who works at a Fortune 500 company; that a woman with 200 Instagram followers must be less valuable than a woman with two million.
In many ways —ways we may not even realize — we are becoming wall-builders ourselves. True belonging doesn’t exist in groups. It lives in moments among individuals. And it is a choice — we can choose to invite others to belong or to reject them
We’ve all created our own personal histories, marked by highs and lows, that we share with the world — and we can shape them to live with more meaning and purpose.
“The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs."
What would you rather have: A happy life or a meaningful life?