Meaningful life and Death

In positive psychology a meaningful life is a construct having to do with the purpose, significance, fulfillment, and satisfaction of life. While specific theories vary, there are two common aspects: a global schema to understand one’s life and the belief that life itself is meaningful. Meaning can be defined as the connection linking two presumably independent entities together; a meaningful life links the biological reality of life to a symbolic interpretation or meaning. Those possessing a sense of meaning are generally found to be happier, to have lower levels of negative emotions, and to have lower risk of mental illness.

Death has different aspects in life on the earth. The first one is related to the death in the physical body, which is the natural death; the second one is the ignorance in intellectual or spiritual aspect which people face in life as they claim and assume the other kinds of death. Death gives both meaningful and meaningless purpose in life. This depends on how people relate and consider their given existence of life on the earth.

Reference:

Steger, Michael F. (2009). “Meaning in Life”. In Snyder, C.R.; Lopez, Shane J. Oxford handbook of positive psychology (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University

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