By almost any measure, our standard of living is higher than most places on earth, yet our material success often leaves us feeling more alone and unsatisfied, in some cases even clinically depressed. Smith declares that “this despair is not a lack of happiness. It’s a lack of something else, it’s a lack of having meaning in life.”
The term “happy” is defined as “feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.” Yet a state of happiness is often fleeting, it comes and goes depending on our circumstances moment to moment. Having meaning in our lives, however, is sustainable because it involves us being in service to something greater than ourselves; a cause, or a group united by a common purpose, a passion, or a belief.