There are a lot of ways to cheer yourself up, but there’s only one way to be truly happy: You have to seek a meaningful life, because people who have meaningful lives use their talents to achieve something that’s bigger than themselves. That’s from psychiatrist Dr. Martin Seligman, the man many people call the “father of positive psychology.” 

The good news is: You don’t have to give all your worldly goods to charity, or change the world, to live a meaningful life, in fact, human behavior experts say you don’t even have to make an actual difference! Because even someone who gives their all to a cause that fails is still happier than someone who spends their time trying to make their own life better. That’s because people who seek a meaningful life have a few big advantages: 

  • First, they tend to be optimistic about their abilities, and are more trusting of other people. 

  • They also feel more gratitude than people who have a “me first” attitude. 

  • And studies show that helping others, even if we’re doing it in the worst possible conditions, lowers stress levels. Which is a huge health-booster.

If you’re looking for a way to add meaning to your life, I know where you can get a head start. Just go to and click on the “Intelligent Kindness” link on the bottom of every page. It’ll lead you to volunteering opportunities, and connect you with other people who share your enthusiasm for doing good deeds.