The meaning of life

It’s the oldest philosophical question of all, troubling generations of thinkers, but the meaning of life can be found in our day-to-day existence, says David Servan-Schreiber


The meaning of life

When I was 15, a church sermon left a mark on me. The priest began with the question ‘Where should we seek God?' Years later, I found my own answer. I believe today that what for centuries was called ‘finding God’ means finding a meaning to one’s life.

A new perspective has emerged from neuroscience in the past 20 years: what gives our lives a sense of richness does not come from reason and intellect. It comes, instead, from a well-balanced emotional brain. And what does a balanced emotional brain need? Above all, strong connections, full relationships. And these can be found in four areas of our lives.

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