The meaning of life is a philosophical question concerning the significance of life or ones existence in general. It can also be expressed in different forms, such as “Where did I come from?”, “Why are we here?”, “What is life all about?”, “What is the purpose of existence?”, and “Where am I going after this life?” These questions have been the subject of much philosophical, scientific, and theological speculation throughout history. There have been a large number of proposed answers to these questions from many different cultural and ideological backgrounds.
The meaning of life is in the philosophical and religious conceptions of existence, social ties, consciousness, and happiness, and borders on many other issues, such as symbolic meaning, value, purpose, ethics, good and evil, free will, conceptions of God, the soul, and the afterlife.
Scientific contributions focus primarily on describing related empirical facts about the universe, exploring the context and parameters concerning the ‘how’ of life. Science also studies and can provide recommendations for the pursuit of well-being and a related conception of morality.
An alternative, humanistic approach poses the question “What is the meaning of my life?” The value of the question pertaining to the purpose of life may coincide with the achievement of ultimate reality, or a feeling of oneness.
Through the use of such measures in dozens of studies, it has become clear that one of the pivotal feats we accomplish as human beings is to take the millions of bits of information constantly swarming around us and pull from them some coherent and interpretable reality. When that reality is seen as making sense, and our own small existence seems to have a point and matter in some way, then our lives feel meaningful, and we are on the road to flourishing.
So, the most important question you may want to ask yourself about the meaning of life is, “What is the Meaning of Your Life?”