The Meaning Of Life Revealed By 30 Personal Development Bloggers

“I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” ~Joseph Campbell

Sometimes when I'm at a store or restaurant and a clerk or server helps me, they'll frequently say, “Is there anything else I can do for you?” And I jokingly (although maybe hopefully) reply, “Tell me the meaning of life.”

This is usually met with a laugh and a comment like, “If I knew that I wouldn't be working here!” But wouldn't it be reassuring if we each had the answer to that question firmly in our grasp?

What if the question of all questions wasn't so eternally confounding?

Over many years as a seeker of truth, I've sought the answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life” through religion, metaphysics, science, relationships, personal growth, and various other paths I've followed in search for answers.

Although the question feels big and existential, it is really a very simple thing to ponder.

Why am I here?

That is what we long to know.

In this expanding universe, where our entire galaxy is just one of 100,000,000,000 (one hundred billion) galaxies, as far as current telescopes can detect, why do we mere humans exist on this tiny planet? What is our life purpose here?

I finally decided to ask the question, “What is the meaning of life?” in all seriousness. And rather than startle a hapless waiter or grocery clerk, I decided to ask the professionals. I went to 30 personal development bloggers who were kind enough to tackle this biggie with a few sentences of wisdom.
Here's what they have to say about the meaning of life:

dianabaur-150x1501. Diana Baur, Diana Baur.com

The meaning of life is love.  To give it, receive it, be it. 

 

Tyler Tevooran2. Tyler Tervooren, Advanced Riskology

There isn't one. You can make it mean whatever you need to in order to wake up happy in the morning.

 

Dani, positively present3. Dani Dipirro, Positively Present

The meaning of life is to live happily after now.

 

jonathan fields4. Jonathan Fields, Jonathan Fields.com

I don't believe a universal meaning of life truth exists. I can only tell you my lens. What's right for me, right now. And I expect it'll evolve over time. It's about spending the greatest amount of time absorbed in relationships and activities that fill me up, while surrounding myself with people I cannot get enough of and serving something bigger than myself, fully-expressed on the level of art. That, and organic dark chocolate.

 

Paige-Burkes5. Paige Burkes, Simple Mindfulness

There is no meaning.  Asking the question is part of the human challenge of simply being in the world.  We want to know “why” everything but it’s impossible to know everything.  I think it’s our job to be ourselves, do our best and help others in our own unique ways and decide to be happy in the process.  Being ourselves and living authentically doesn’t have to have a meaning.  It simply is.

 

Tess Marshall6. Tess Marshall, The Bold Life

A long time ago I did group therapy for people with AIDS disease. I had a chance to see The AIDS Memorial Quilt when it was on display in Michigan. There was one square that stood out for me and summed up the meaning of life. It read, “It's all about love. Tell everyone. It was signed, Jeff. Today I can sum up the meaning of life in a few of my own words, “I am love, being loving.” Everything else is just extra. 

 

Marci Payne7. Marci Payne, Liberating Choices

Life isn't always positive, so finding ways to turn struggles into opportunities for growth, learning, and meaning makes it worth living for! We are each invited to discover our own meaning and live in alignment with what we value most in this life.

 

erin pavlina8. Erin Pavlina, Erin Pavlina.com

The meaning of life is the meaning you give it.  Only you can decide what your life will mean and only you can decide how to live it.

 

Jonathan wells headshot9. Jonathan Wells, Advanced Life Skills

Because we all see life through our own unique set of filters, we have the freedom to assign value and meaning as we please. Personally, I find that raising my level of contribution, being honest with myself and others, and living in a state of gratitude makes my life feel meaningful while increasing my sense of inner joy and purpose.

 

Farnoosh Brock10. Farnoosh Brock, Prolific Living

It is a question that man has grappled with for all his generations and we still don't know. And in the process, so much time is lost looking for something that may not even be there. I am not saying there is no meaning to life. I am saying there is no absolute one meaning. And thus no absolute one way to live to have a meaningful life. So a better question may be: What is meaningful to me and how can I live it so I have a meaningful life. For me, a meaningful life starts with the heart and soul and ends with gratitude.

 

Anastasiya Goers11. Anastasiya Goers, Balance In Me

The meaning of life is creating legacy while living every day like it's your last one. We need to enjoy the blessings that we are given in life while fulfilling our purpose whether it is raising children, sharing our gifts with the world or helping others. Every day is a grain of sand and we need to do our best to turn it into a pearl no matter how much time we have on our hands.

 

Joshua Becker12. Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist

The meaning of life is to live faith-filled for the benefit of others.

 

evelyn lim13. Evelyn Lim, Abundance Tapestry

The meaning of life is to live to the fullest physical expression of your divine soul. You derive meaning from integrating your spiritual essence into your everyday life, in the here and now.  

 

joe wilner14. Joe Wilner, Shake Off The Grind

I believe all people are inherently driven to seek growth and connect with others. We are created to pursue our potential and become the best-version-of-ourselves. In doing so we are able to love more deeply and bring our best to whatever we do. That is the meaning I attribute to life.

 

Ken Wert15. Ken Wert, Meant To Be Happy

Happiness at its highest potential is the meaning of life. When we are truly happy, our lives are full of love and compassion, kindness and service, personal growth and self-respect, faith and forgiveness, passion and gratitude, spirituality and character. We are better parents and spouses and friends and people. Happiness is not the mere pursuit of personal gratification. It is to rise to the level of the best that is in us. This is the meaning of a meaningful life.

 

peter sinclair16. Peter G. James Sinclair, Motivational Memo

Three years ago I set a goal: to live until the age of 104. And a funny thing happened soon after I had set that goal, as I was filling up my car at a gas station. The station just so happened to be right next to a bowling alley, and the sign on the building was requesting new members from the age of 4 to – now wait for it – to the grand old age of 104. I couldn’t believe my eyes and joked with my wife, “When I turn 104 I'm going to come back to this bowling alley and bowl a ball with energy, vibrancy and passion!”

The meaning of life to me? Live long and live well – and while you're at it – share the joy of life and living with others!

 

manal17. Manal Ghosain, One With Now

Life is an adventure, a wild ride with no inherent meaning other than life experiencing itself. So enjoy the ride, and share your joy with the world.

 

Scott Dinsmore18. Scott Dinsmore, Live Your Legend

To Explore – to explore the world, to explore my self and to help and inspire others to do the same. 

 

henrik edberg19. Henrik Edberg, The Positivity Blog

To explore the world and yourself and to try to understand it all as best you can. And to find and live your own purpose in life.

 

ron20. Ron Clendenin, Happy Simple Life

Having sauntered around in an unconscious fog most of my life, I now realize what being fully alert feels like. It seems as if our purpose here is to awaken from the dream and become highly attentive in the here and now.

 

Tim Brownson21. Tim Brownson, A Daring Adventure

I can’t give the meaning of life because I think there are 7 billion, but I can give a meaning of life, mine. It’s simply to spend as much time as possible in alignment with my values and help as many people as humanly possible to improve the quality of their lives.

 

jennifer boykin22. Jennifer Boykin, Life After Tampons

If human existence was like an extended relay across time, then the meaning of each person's life is to grasp the wisdom of those who have gone before, try to add something to it, and then pass it along to the hand that comes next.  Tag!  You're It!

 

marelisa Fabrega23. Marelisa Fabrega, Daring To Live Fully

As Walt Whitman wrote in his poem, “O Me! O Life!,” I think we are each here on earth to contribute a verse to the play of life. That is, to make a contribution — even if it's something small, like standing up to an injustice, growing a garden, or spreading kindness — to eternity.

 

jodi chapman24. Jodi Chapman, Soul Speak

To love — fully and completely — ourselves, others, and the world. (Even when we don't feel like loving ourselves, others, and the world – to do it anyway.) Because love is the constant that connects us all. Love is the light that shines on our faces and in our hearts. Love is the smile, the yearning, the glow, the being. Love is everything. Love is everywhere. It is in us, out of us, through us, and around us. It is us. We're here to love and to allow ourselves to be loved. When we can do that – when we are brave enough to open up to that – everything just falls into place.

 

Arvind Devalia25. Arvind Devalia, Make It Happen

The meaning of life is to learn that at the end of the day, you are already enough and LOVE is all that matters. So you might as well make the most of each day, live life fully, love openly and with no strings attached — and of course eat as much chocolate as you can and share it with others!

 

Jen Gresham26. Jen Gresham, Everyday Bright

Life is about defining success for yourself across every aspect of your life and aligning your actions to that vision. That means living in accordance with your core values, becoming the person you admire most, and pursuing activities and relationships that provide meaning and fulfillment. 

 

Steve Aitchison27. Steve Aitchison, Change Your Thoughts

The meaning of life to me is about constantly pushing through your boundaries and experiencing everything that you can in life. Getting over your fears and always stepping outside your comfort zone is the best way to grow as a person. That way you can truly experience the meaning of life.

 

corey allen28. Corey Allen, Simple Marriage

To realize that relationships enhance situations and help you to become a better person, more capable of enjoying the ride of life.

 

Sandi Amorim29. Sandi Amorim, Deva Coaching

The meaning of life is in the meaning you give to it, and that's a good thing because its the only place we have any control. Freedom comes from creating a powerful interpretation!

 

Barrie headshot30. Barrie Davenport, Live Bold and Bloom and BarrieDavenport.com

The meaning of life is to live mindfully and passionately in the present moment, to love unabashedly, to be a lifelong learner, to seek adventure and growth, and to spread kindness and peace along the way.

So what about you? Do you have any thoughts on the meaning of life or comments about the statements from these 30 bloggers? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. The meaning of life is different for everyone…and everyone is correct. MY meaning includes personal growth to the ultimate degree, leaving a legacy of knowledge and peace, developing your family tree to spread this love and knowledge, and teach the next generation all the above.

    • Middle Finger Project says:

      I absolutely love the opening quote. I think the meaning of life will be found in the moments when you feel most alive. Life is about finding what makes you feel alive and doing it.

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      That’s beautiful Tony. We are all right about the meaning of life because we each are having our own personal experience of life. How fun to read what brings meaning to others — and to see how much we have in common.

  2. I agree with Tony. The meaning of life is different for everyone….and everyone is correct. Many beautiful and amazing answers on this post! Thanks, Barrie, for putting them together.

    • Yeah, I agree to. Just like Jonathan points out I don’t believe a universal meaning of life truth exists. It’s up to each and all of us to attach the meaning to our lives. My meaning is similar to Scott’s and Henrik’s – it’s about experimentation and exploring myself and the world while helping others do the same.
      Beautiful post, thanks to everyone for sharing their thoughts. 🙂

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      You are so welcome Evelyn! I’m so glad you were one of the contributors.

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      You are so welcome Evelyn! Thank you for sharing.

  3. We are here to as the Jews say, “Repair the Universe” or as I suggest to live The Mission. Living The Mission means practicing kindness any way you can, every place you can, and every time you can. When you make that the meaning of your life, you need not worry so much about relationships or happiness.

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Katherine that is lovely. Simple kindness is so underrated. It can change lives. I love your Mission!

  4. The meaning of life is how we live it to the fullest. In the way we create relationship with every living organism. The way we value life and share it’s goodness to one another.

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      I love that MJ — with every living organism. Yes we must value ALL life because we are all an expression of the life force.

  5. What a great idea this was Barrie. It is so interesting to hear all these different viewpoints and to be introduced to a few new thought leaders. Thanks!

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      You are so welcome Jonathan. So thrilled you could participate. I always enjoy your wisdom.

  6. Hi Barrie: This was a great idea. It’s so interesting to see how varied the answers are. 🙂

    @Tess: I saw the AIDS Memorial Quilt many years ago when it was being displayed at the mall in Washington, DC. Very moving.

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Yes it is Marelisa — but also how very similar in essence. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.

  7. Carol Fant says:

    Jennifer Boykin: Brilliant. I love the relay analogy. Love love love it.

  8. “There is one purpose to life and one only: to bear witness to and understand as much as possible of the complexity of the world – its beauty, its mysteries, its riddles. The more you understand, the more you look, the greater is your enjoyment of life and your sense of peace. That’s all there is to it. If an activity is not grounded in ‘to LOVE’ or ‘to LEARN,’ it does not have value.”- Anne Rice, Servant of the Bones

    • I believe the purpose of life is to experience, learn, and love

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Wow, that’s beautiful Angel. Is that the same Anne Rice who wrote all of the vampire books? She is a beautiful writer.

  9. I think that the meaning of life is unique for each of us. Mine is about spending every minute feeling freedom and peacefulness regardless of the events in my life. It is the exhilaration of trying new things, staying stimulated and spending time with people who fill me with joy.

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Hi Kelly,
      I agree with you — the meaning of life shifts because we all view life through our own perception. But some key words that seem to resonate with all of us are those you wrote about — freedom, peace, exhilaration, joy, and love.

  10. Loved being included, Barrie. Love the idea. And loved reading everyone’s take on the meaning of life. Chewing on such meaty issues is a lot of fun for me, so seeing how everyone else bit was both instructive and inspiring.

    FYI: I’ll be linking to this gem of an article in my next post.

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      It is a meaty issue Ken. But I think maybe the answer is simpler than it appears at first blush. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and for the link! How nice.

  11. I always feel inspired after visiting this website. Today reading peoples versions on the meaning of life has made me realise that what I m doing in life isn’t working. So the exciting thing is that at that age of fifty five my future is still out there. As for the meaning of life Be the best that you can be by doing the best that you can and enjoy life have fun and maybe life will smile on you

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Hi Mick,
      Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you feel inspired. I can tell you from personal experience, it is never too late to do new things, to reinvent yourself. Whatever it is you’re inspired to do, go for it!!

  12. Always an honor to be involved! You were seriously one of my first inspirations Barrie. Thank you on lots of levels!

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Thank you so much Scott! And you are one of mine. 🙂 Glad to share this amazing online world with you.

  13. The meaning of life = To explore… both physically and mentally!

  14. As some have pointed out, there is no definitive answer. What is right for one person might be completely wrong for another. For me, it is oscillating ups and downs always returning to a central state of inner peace with myself and connection with the world.

    • Barrie Davenport says:

      Beautiful Carl. Staying centered and in the moment requires you to find meaning in all that you do and experience.

  15. The meaning of life is to live.

  16. Live to love, and love to live
    Learn to earn, and earn to give
    As you give, so will you get
    Give your all, with no regret

    xxx

  17. Davis Nguyen says:

    The meaning of life is to realize that no matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you came from, there is always someone who wishes they were you.

    When we realize that we are so lucky to be who we are and where we are, we realize that life truly is an hourglass, we can’t turn back the sands, we can only move forward.

    How we move forward is up to us: we can choose to focus on things we can’t control and wish we were someone else or we can realize who we are is enough and challenge ourselves to be more.

  18. Life means legacy.This includes kindness, love and happiness you enjoy and extend to others. How will you be remembered?

  19. Eric Saucier says:

    Life and all that is in it is a gift from the infinite mind / God;
    And the only way that life can go wrong is by the limited finite mind / Man.

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  21. There is a thread in these about focusing on now. If you don’t stop and think about what life means to you, then it might not have much meaning. When people say they just want to be happy, the question is “What brings you happiness?” Happiness and meaning are different things.

  22. In all honesty, I thought each idea on the meaning of life, except possibly one, kind of contradicted the thought of “self help.” Everyone spoke from a place of health and the pursuit of happiness. Yet,mothers are millions of people without that position in life. Therefore, everyone has fallen short.
    This question must be seen in a wider scope.