Happiness Thought for the Day: September 2, 2021

“The more one forgets himself—by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love—the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself.” – Dr. Viktor Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning is quote possible one of the most inspiring books you will ever read. The book is an autobiographical account from Viktor Frankl who was already an accomplished neuropsychologist when he was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Nazi’s during the 1940’s. 

This inspiring book is Dr. Frankl’s account of not only his experiences but more importantly of how he and others were able to survive the inexplicable horrors of life as Jewish people during the holocaust, by finding purpose and meaning in their lives, and thereby became able to endure even this unforgiving environment. 

I have long since included this book in my “Favorite Books” section and have referenced it many times throughout my blog. 

I use this particular quote from above as it is perhaps the most condensed advice I can convey from Dr. Frankl on how to find purpose, meaning, and happiness. Give yourself wholly to a cause worth fighting for or to a person worth dying for. Find someone or something you love and pour yourself wholeheartedly into the nurturement, growth, and care for that idea or person. To care for and love another is the greatest cause to which one can commit their life. 

Identify that cause or that person that lights your soul on fire and to which you are willing to dedicate your life’s purpose and in which you find your life’s meaning. 

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