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8 Reasons Life Can Seem Insignificant and Meaningless

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, May 20 2020

You may experience down periods in your life where you wonder what it all means.  A tragic loss, a major failure, or a brutal setback can deflate your enthusiasm and hope for your future and success.  Alternatively, you could just enter a lull period where you lose your zest for life and motivation.  Let that deflation consume you, however, and you...

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9 Characteristics You Need to Be Successful

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, May 13 2020

We all want to succeed in this world.  The thrill of being good at something and the feeling of fulfillment and significance of accomplishing something is unparalleled.  But what can you do to be successful?  What qualities do you need to develop to achieve your desired outcomes in life?

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The Existence of Intrinsic Meaning in the Universe

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, May 6 2020

Many people ask about the intrinsic meaning of life and the universe.  Here, we're assuming that they mean inherent purpose or significance.  This is a difficult question since if they mean it literally (i.e., literally in the universe), then the answer is no.  If they mean ingrained in all living organisms (i.e., in all life), then the answer is y...

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7 Ways That You Might Be Holding Yourself Back in Life

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, April 29 2020

Everyone has asked, "What have I been doing wrong in my life?" at one point in time.  It's often hard to see the mistakes that you might be making since you are in the moment.  While it's hard to give general advice that's universally applicable, there are several common self-limiting activities that, based on probability, you’ll likely be partakin...

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10 Fundamental Truths That Everyone Would be Happier if They Accepted

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, April 22 2020

From my high-view-count Quora post on the subject.  In no particular order:

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The 3-Word Game with The Meaning of Life

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, April 16 2020

Someone on Quora asked me to play the three-word game with the meaning of life, so here it is—the meaning of life in as few words as possible: In one word: Growth. In three words: Growth through experience. In the minimum number required to explain all eight of the components I identified:

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6 Simple Habits for Greater Meaning

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, April 8 2020

Being stuck inside during the coronavirus is tough.  Worse, it can lead to slacking off on the daily life maintenance that maintains your health and well-being.  One of the difficult parts of life is that improvement and deterioration are incremental, so you don't always notice them.  For example, you don't always stop exercising, eat only fast foo...

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8 Types of People Who Don't Find Life Meaningful

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, April 1 2020

While I hope that you are living a happy, fulfilling, meaningful life, it is possible that you are not.  In either case, an effective way to ensure that you can get or stay on the right path is by looking at the most common reasons why people might not feel a sense of meaning and purpose in life.  Hopefully, learning from others struggles can make...

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How to Be Happy When Others Are Not

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, March 25 2020

When thinking about the world and the universe, many questions about how we fit in and how we should look at our lives start to spring up: You'll notice that these questions can be used to justify either opinion: you could argue that the universe is large->nothing I do matters->so who cares about life, or you could argue that the universe is large-...

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Finding Meaning in Your Job or Career

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, March 18 2020

So, let me get my own personal experience out of the way first: I graduated from college a semester early because I took 18–19 credits for 7 semesters.  So, without a job lined up (I wasn’t expecting to graduate until May but crossed my credit requirements in December), I spent months applying for jobs and not really doing much else.  Out of the bl...

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