Millennials have been forced to reconsider what a successful life constitutes. By focusing on making a positive difference in the lives of others, rather than on more materialistic markers of success, they are setting themselves up for the meaningful life they yearn to have – Emily Smith and Jennifer Aaker
The New York Times article below is about recent research on Millennials and their apparent shift from focusing on happiness to focusing on meaning in their lives. Embedded in this article is the root distinction between seeking happiness and seeking meaning as the driving force in one’s life. Whentalks about “having a bigger vision of the future”, he’s talking primarily about a more meaningful future.
Conversely, those who talk about “going big” usually are talking about money, material possessions, achievement, and other external markers of success and happiness. There’s no judgment here: it’s just a distinguishing factor in thinking about what kind of life to live, what sort of family to lead, and what type of community to be a part of.
Young adults born after 1980 are more altruistic than they are given credit for.
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