Where People Find Meaning in Life (12.02.21)

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This week we’re going to be talking about where people find meaning in life. Everyone needs to have a sense of purpose. Where do people look to find this? Where should we be looking? It’s important that we understand why we are here and what we are to be doing.

STORY – What Makes Life Meaningful? Views From 17 Advanced Economies

“What do people value in life? How much of what gives people satisfaction in their lives is fundamental and shared across cultures, and how much is unique to a given society? To understand these and other issues, Pew Research Center posed an open-ended question about the meaning of life to nearly 19,000 adults across 17 advanced economies.

“From analyzing people’s answers, it is clear that one source of meaning is predominant: family. In 14 of the 17 advanced economies surveyed, more mention their family as a source of meaning in their lives than any other factor. Highlighting their relationships with parents, siblings, children and grandchildren, people frequently mention quality time spent with their kinfolk, the pride they get from the accomplishments of their relatives and even the desire to live a life that leaves an improved world for their offspring. In Australia, New Zealand, Greece and the United States, around half or more say their family is something that makes their lives fulfilling.” (Pew Research Center)

Pew Research Center – What Makes Life Meaningful

Pew Research Center – Finding Meaning in Religion

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