How to Find Meaning in Difficult Situations (2023)

How do you find meaning in difficult situations? Learn how to become stronger than circumstances, situations, and conditions.

How to Find Meaning in Difficult Situations

What do you do when you face difficulties in your life?

It’s a question all of us need to answer because we all face them. It’s not a matter of if you’ll face difficulties, but when.

You can’t avoid these circumstances, situations, or conditions. They will come to you at some point in your life. Today, I’d like to talk about different scenarios you might face with a few case studies, including my own.

More than that, though, I want to offer you some tools to face these challenges and come out the other side stronger than when you began. These dark times come into your life, but they don’t need to keep you from your dreams or from living into your purpose.

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I want you to know that when I offer you skills to navigate your difficult times, they aren’t things I read in a book. These are not abstract theories. The skill sets I’m giving you today are techniques I’ve used and developed in my own life. These are solutions I’ve lived and breathed and trained others to master throughout my fifty years of study of the principles of transformation and forty years of teaching them.

Difficult Circumstances: 2 Case Studies

I want to start with two case studies. These are both people I worked with through their own difficult times. We used the tools I’m going to give you in the next section. But, before we get to those tools, I’d like you to understand what each of these Brave Thinkers was going through at the time.

Remember, your dark times can come in many forms. They can be something completely outside your control. Or there may be some part of the circumstance that you were responsible for. It doesn’t matter how you got there or who is to blame. Those aspects of the story won’t help you move past it.

The first case study is a former business partner of mine, a woman named Karen Joyce.

Karen was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. Sadly, it was well advanced in her body by the time she was diagnosed, and the doctors didn’t offer any treatment options or seem very hopeful. Karen was told she had three months to live.

The second case study is a longtime friend named Bill Harris.

Bill was beginning his work in training people in the power of meditation and unlocking our inner capacities. He opened a business with a partner who was helping with the funding. In the second year, Bill was sued by a third party, who said that the technology Bill developed was actually stolen. The business was threatened with being shut down, plus the person suing wanted millions of dollars!

Bill’s business partner didn’t want to fight the lawsuit. He said that it wasn’t worth it, even if they won. But for Bill, the business was so much more than just the time and effort he’d spent building it. His world crumbled, he was there alone, trying to hold onto a business under the threat of a million dollar lawsuit.

These three tools are the ones that I shared with Bill and Karen, who I mentioned above. They are also Brave Thinking™ tools I’ve used in my own life.

The tools:

  1. Dare the Dark
  2. Mindset Training
  3. Determine Your Direction

1 — Dare the Dark

The first tool is one I call, “dare the dark”. These are dark moments in your life. You get a horrible diagnosis or your business is threatened. It can be a dark moment when you lose a loved one or a natural disaster wipes out your home.

In that dark moment, the first thing you want to do is push it away. You can’t make it go away by avoiding it. You can’t make it go away at all. So the only thing you can do is lean into it.

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Dare the dark. Look it square in the face. There are things that happen that you can’t change. But it’s a power move when you look it square in the face and dare it. You dare the dark. You’re not fighting it. You’re not running from it.

Stand firm and say, “here it is”. Here’s this moment.

2 — Mindset Training

Once you’ve faced it and dared the dark. You need to move to the second step: your mindset training.

When faced with a challenge, you’re going to tell yourself things about it. You’re not just going to acknowledge that the dark exists. You’re going to begin to notice what you’re noticing, and then you will begin to change your paradigm. (For a more thorough explanation of paradigms, follow the link. But as a short definition, they are beliefs we tell ourselves about our life and situations).

Here at the Brave Thinking Institute, our mission is to empower people to create and live a life they love. As a faculty, we know that starts with bringing awareness. Our programs are designed with mindset training, to help you notice what you notice. Then choose your paradigm. Make it something empowering for you.

3 — Determine Your Direction

Once you have dared the dark and mastered your mindset training, I encourage you to determine your direction. The situation or circumstance might have been out of your control, but the direction you select is one you can determine yourself.

Put your hand on the wheel and steer. As long as this is the circumstance, why not decide that there are gifts in every situation?

Napoleon Hill said, “Every adversity has within it the seed of an equal or greater benefit, but like any adversity, any seed, it has to be found, planted, nurtured, and grown”.

You get to determine the direction of your next choices. You can look for the hidden seeds that will blossom into your full potential.

How did these Brave Thinking™ Tools Work for Bill and Karen?

Bill sat down with a blank piece of paper and started writing out all of the possible good things that could come out of the lawsuit.

I encourage you to apply this process to your own dark times and difficult moments. Really think about every possible blessing that could come from the situation.

Bill wrote down many possible benefits that were personal to him. After a while, he realized something amazing. He thought, Hey, someone thinks my business is worth a million dollars!

That helped him begin to think about his business as an entity worth a million dollars. Then he taped the piece of paper with possible benefits from the situation listed on it above his desk. He read that list a few times a day.

What was the result?

Bill’s ideas began to build, and his attitude shifted. He stopped approaching things as a victim. Rather than the dark shaking him, Bill began to shape the situation. He changed on the inside, and, within a few weeks, the person dropped the lawsuit. It dissolved. But Bill got to keep and benefit from the good that came from that situation for the rest of his life.

Karen Joyce was only given 90 days to live. But she applied these tools and actually lived, not for 90 days, but two and a half more years! You may have been hoping for a miraculous cure, and sometimes that can happen. But what she did get from these Brave Thinking™ tools is still miraculous.


Through applying these tools Karen became luminous of the process. She had the most amazing quality of life for the next two and a half years. She lived it to the fullest. In the end, she had no regrets and had accomplished much more with her 56 years than she dreamed possible two short years earlier, when her prognosis insisted she would only have 54 years.

Mary Morrissey Case Study… My Dark Night of the Soul

I’ve been through times of extreme difficulty in my life. I lost my business, my marriage, my house, and my reputation all at once. It was an awful and dark time. I was off-balance, and a friend offered me the use of their home on the Oregon coast. I went there and spent weeks bereft, walking the beach.

I had no knowledge of the things my husband had done to put me in that situation, to put the people I trusted in that situation. But I felt as if I should have. I blamed myself for things I couldn’t have seen. My anger and hurt was focused inward as well as outward. I blamed myself most heavily for the hurt caused to those I loved.

I didn’t know what I would do next. Everything I had built was gone. Even though I had a firm belief that there is something good in everything, I couldn’t see it. Though I knew I had the power to create a life I love, in those first few weeks it was difficult to see past the anger and hurt I was feeling.

Finally, I started to recognize that while this was a dark chapter of my life, it was still only a chapter. I could write new chapters in my life. It wasn’t the end!

When I began to build again, what I built was not only more successful in every measurable way, but more meaningful. It was more meaningful because of who I became in the process.

I know in the very depths of my being that your most difficult moments can become a time that brings you to a much better place. I know that.

That doesn’t mean you will come to a better place. It’s not absolute. You have to create it. If you do create it, if you do hold fast to that vision of what you want your life to be, those dark moments will teach you the lessons you need to fully live into your purpose.

If you don’t get sidetracked by wallowing in grief or anger, you can come to a better place. When you can get to where you feel like you’re in the life you’re creating now, even before you’ve gotten there, those dark times won’t stop you from that life you love living. You can do that by accessing the tools and power within to bring you to a place that’s independent of that experience you’re having at the moment.

I would not wish what I went through on anyone. But I would wish where it took me on everyone.

I don’t want you to think that this means it was easy. It wasn’t easy. I went through several weeks of feeling absolutely devastated. I was so hurt and angry at the person I felt betrayed by. I worried over the effect that had on my business and reputation. But more than that, I was beside myself for the impact it would have on the lives of the people I loved, nurtured, and ministered to through my business.

I was angry at myself for not seeing things earlier that were obvious now in hindsight. The regret was so great. A self-blame that was heavier than any anger I had at the situation or other people.

I could have stayed in that place of darkness and wallowed.

I think a lot of people do. But this was not the first dark time I had experienced in my life. It was, perhaps, the worst. When the initial and subsequent shock waves of disbelief and sheer betrayal waned enough for me to think, I went back to the tools that I’ve used throughout my life.

I’ve found inspiration for transformation in each of our world’s religions. I look for wisdom in different philosophies, mythologies, and studies. Inside all of these various teachings, there is a mystical thread. It’s a truth that isn’t confined to any one teaching.

That truth is present everywhere, when you begin to look for it. It’s already inside you.

When I went to Oregon in this state of absolute grief, I took a tiny book, written by St. John of the Cross in 1100 AD. The book was called, Dark Night of the Soul.

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What I learned from this little book became a foundation for how I rebuilt my life after my own extreme challenges.

My first lesson? The sentence “When the dark night comes upon you…”.

Not “If…”, but “when”. The dark night comes to all of us. The death of a loved one, divorce, betrayal, loss—every one of us will experience some form of the dark night.

So what do you do when that time comes?

Leaning Into Personal Transformation to Find Meaning in Difficult Situations

The first thing most of us want to do when a terrible life circumstance comes along is rarely possible. We want to make it go away! And we work with many tools to influence our lives. We use positive thinking, manifestation, and choosing our mindset. But we can’t always make the thing go away.

As difficult as it is to accept sometimes, there are certain things we are meant to experience – things we can’t change or escape through any of the tools.

There are situations beyond our control.

We didn’t do anything wrong or take an action that led us to those situations. Think of the death of a loved one. The regret can be awful, especially when the passing is sudden.

You worry that you didn’t tell them everything you should have. You regret harsh words or just not spending more time with them. All sorts of things that come with second-guessing because you were not prepared for an extreme life change.

Death is one of many things that can throw us into that terrible moment in our lives. Our dark moments might look like bankruptcy, betrayal, divorce, a ruined reputation, or any scenario that has a deep impact. What do we do when we can’t change the situation?

When we can’t make the dark night go away, often the next reaction is denial.

That was my first thought. This can’t be happening. It must be a mistake.

Sometimes your power is not enough to make the situation go away. The only thing that you can do when this happens is lean in. Surrender to it.

When You Can’t Change It, Surrender to It

When you surrender to the situation, three things will happen:

  1. You’ll experience a feeling of release.
  2. You’ll also experience a feeling of relief.
  3. You don’t want it to end too soon.

1 — You’ll Experience a Feeling of Release

The act of surrendering takes the weight off of your shoulders. On some level, holding denial puts a great subconscious pressure on you.

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This type of mental and emotional grief puts physical strain on your body and mental strain on your heart and mind. The minute you surrender, you can feel that release physically and emotionally.

2 — You’ll Experience a Feeling of Relief

Immediately after you have a feeling of release, or within a short period of time, you’ll experience a sense of relief. You’ve surrendered. Your mind is at peace because you know there’s nothing you can do to change the situation.

There’s a sense of being able to let go and breathe, leaving it in the hands of the universe or creator, or whatever spiritual belief you hold.

3 — You Don’t Want It to End Too Soon

When you get to this place spiritually and emotionally, where you fully surrender, you don’t want it to end too soon. You actually want EVERYTHING that life came to give you, even in that dark moment. That’s what fully surrendering does for you.

It sounded absurd to me at first, too, but it’s true. With that enlightenment from total surrender, you understand these moments came to give you something important. So you don’t want it to end too soon for you to fully benefit from the lesson.

When I read that in St. John of the Cross’ book, walking on that beach, I thought, Well, that’s not how I’m feeling!

But that was only because I hadn’t fully surrendered yet. I hadn’t allowed myself to embrace a fact of life: there’s good in everything. Even though I could teach that and had shared with thousands of people that there’s a seed of good in everything, I still resisted in my own dark time.

Eventually though, I did arrive in that place. It wasn’t an easy place to get to. But when I got to that place, things began to shift.

Becoming Stronger Than Circumstances

How do you become stronger than your circumstances? You’ve learned three powerful tools to help you find meaning in your difficult times. So often, people think that if they know enough or do enough, they can avoid dark times.

Difficulties come to everyone. There is no safety net in life because there are things outside your control. The tools are there to help you navigate these circumstances and become even stronger.

You’ve also learned how to surrender to the situations you can’t change, so that you can finally shift your direction and thinking. These are empowering tools that will help you find meaning in difficult situations.

If you want even more help navigating your circumstances, my free eBook Stronger Than Circumstances will empower you to achieve your dreams no matter what your situation is.
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How can one find meaning in suffering? ›

Whether bonding on a deeper level with friends and family or feeling connected to strangers who have gone through similar difficulties, suffering can bring people closer together. Social support is especially important for healing; discussing and processing hardships with other people assists with meaning-making.

How can I find meaning in my life? ›

How to find meaning in life
  1. Learn all that you can about happiness.
  2. Let your talents lead you to new opportunities.
  3. Make connections with people with whom you share interests.
  4. Set goals that are challenging but clear.
  5. Follow your internal compass when making decisions.
  6. Help others when you can.
25 Jul 2022

How do you overcome difficult times in your life? ›

Try these suggestions:
  1. Ask yourself how realistic your worry is. Our imaginations can take us into situations that may never develop.
  2. Set aside "worry" time each day. ...
  3. Focus on the good aspects of your life.
  4. Look at tough times as an opportunity to learn, grow or improve your situation.

How do you find meaning in your work? ›

If you want to find more meaning in your work, consider some of the following steps:
  1. Promote workplace positivity. ...
  2. Learn more about your work. ...
  3. Remember your values. ...
  4. Offer to help your coworkers. ...
  5. Aspire to become an expert. ...
  6. Recognize your improvement. ...
  7. Collaborate with your colleagues. ...
  8. Consider a career change.

Why is it important to find meaning in suffering? ›

Since suffering is an inevitable part of life, one must try to find meaning in it. Terminally or chronically ill persons despair of their suffering, when they do not see any meaning to it. They see it as a waste of life, a useless experience. Hence, they conclude that suffering is meaningless.

Does suffering have meaning? ›

Suffering is an unpleasant or even anguishing experience which can severely affect a person on a psychophysical and even existential level. Like suffering, pain is also unpleasant.

What are the 3 ways of discovering meaning in life? ›

We can discover this meaning of life in three different ways: (1) by creating a work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering. The first, by way of achievement or accomplishment, is quite obvious.

How do I find the deep meaning? ›

Some Ways to Add Meaning in Your Life
  1. Find a Purpose. Having a passion is highly motivational and can be a driving force that fuels our desires and interests. ...
  2. Invest in Social Relationships. ...
  3. Sense of Belonging. ...
  4. Monitoring your Mood.

What are the 3 meanings of life? ›

The three meanings of meaning in life: Distinguishing coherence, purpose, and significance.

How do you stay mentally stronger in hard times? ›

Mentally strong people make self-care a priority, even during the toughest times, because they know the struggle to cope with distress will be more difficult if they're not taking care of their mind and body. They eat healthily, exercise, and get plenty of rest so they can be at their best when tackling challenges.

What is the meaning of difficult times? ›

Times of trouble, struggle, or unhappiness. I've had difficult times since losing my job, but I'm trying to stay positive.

How you find something meaning? ›

The author says it means "what do you think of something" What do you think of your new apartment?

How can I find meaning and passion in my work? ›

6 Steps That'll Help You Find Your Passion
  1. Start with the right perspective. ...
  2. Think about what you've already enjoyed doing. ...
  3. Explore ways to tie the things you like together. ...
  4. Discern between a hobby and a profitable passion. ...
  5. Break down your fears—so you can overcome them. ...
  6. Find your right next step.
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What does it mean to find meaning in something? ›

Finding meaning is about sculpting new narratives that provide a sense of coherence around everything sad and wonderful in our lives. Often, a first step is that sense of awe we feel in nature, through spiritual practice or in losing ourselves in another's eyes.

What is the meaning and value of suffering? ›

Encompassing both physical pain and emotions such as grief and disappointment, suffering is almost universally considered bad. But, as Sir John Templeton emphasised, it also has value. Hence we aim to illuminate the complex and frequently neglected ways in which suffering is also good.

What is the relationship between suffering and meaning? ›

Current suffering was associated with lower meaning (global meaning in life, purpose, coherence, but not significance), well-being and mental health. All three studies found that meaning mediates the relationship between suffering and well-being.

Who said one can find meaning in suffering? ›

But, Viktor Frankl stresses, “there is also purpose in that life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior; namely, in man's attitude to his existence … If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering.

What are the 3 cause of suffering? ›

However, there are three main things that cause us emotional and psychological suffering, namely, the three poisons. They are clinging desire, anger and aversion and unawareness.

What are the 3 forms of suffering? ›

Buddhist teachings describe three main “levels or types of suffering. The first is called 'the suffering of suffering', the second, 'the suffering of change', and the third is 'the suffering of conditioning'” [5,6].

What are the 4 causes of suffering? ›

When the Buddha presented the Four Noble Truths, he identified cravin as the origin or cause of suffering. Called taṇhā in Pali and tṛ́ṣṇā in Sanskrit, the terms are typically translated as craving, but also refer to thirst, desire, longing, wish and greed.

What are the three sources of meaning? ›

Frankl identifies three sources for meaning:
  • In work, doing something significant.
  • In love, caring for another person. The salvation of man is through love and in love. ...
  • In courage during difficult times. Suffering itself is meaningless, but our response to it gives it meaning.
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What is the true meaning of life? ›

No one can tell the actual definition of the meaning of life. For some, it is all about happiness, building a family, and leading life as it is. For some, it is about accumulating wealth, whereas, for some, it is all about love.

How can individual meaning be discovered? ›

Going a step further, logotherapy proposes that meaning in life can be discovered in three distinct ways: By creating a work or doing a deed. By experiencing something or encountering someone. By the attitude that we take toward unavoidable suffering.

What do you do if you find no meaning to life? ›

What to do When you Feel Your Life Has No Meaning
  1. Get curious. Ask yourself: “Why do I think life is not worth it?”, or “Why do I think I am hopeless and add no value to the world?”. ...
  2. Is it something you can change? ...
  3. Think of it as an opportunity to design the new you! ...
  4. Decide who the new you is going to be. ...
  5. Ask for help.

What is the real purpose of life? ›

Your life purpose consists of the central motivating aims of your life—the reasons you get up in the morning. Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning. For some people, purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work.

Do you believe that life has meaning? ›

According to me life has a meaning and it means: Difficulties in your existence don't come to smash you, however, that will help you realize your complete potential. Life is significant if you have a person to cry collectively, chuckle collectively, and endure every other's sorrows.

What does 42 mean? ›

42 and the asterisk symbol

Forty-two is the ASCII code for the symbol * also known as the asterisk. This symbol is often thought to translate to anything or everything. In this instance, 42 = everything, the meaning of life.

Is there a symbol that means life? ›

The ankh symbol—sometimes referred to as the key of life or the key of the nile—is representative of eternal life in Ancient Egypt.

What are the three kinds of meaning? ›

The 3 Types of Meaning—and 10 Ways to Build Them
  • Coherence. This is the thinking-oriented level of meaning. It is about making sense of things. ...
  • Significance. This is the feeling-oriented level of meaning. It is about feeling that you matter and that life matters. ...
  • Purpose. This is the behavior-oriented level of meaning.
24 May 2019

How can I train my mind to be stronger than emotions? ›

5 Ways to Make Yourself Mentally Stronger This Year
  1. Practice labeling your emotions.
  2. Establish healthy ways to deal with uncomfortable emotions.
  3. Identify and replace unhealthy thought patterns.
  4. Take positive action.
  5. Give up the bad habits that rob you of mental muscle.
  6. Become Your Strongest Self.
9 Jan 2018

How can I make my mind strong and fearless? ›

How to Get a Better, Stronger and More Confident Mind
  1. Get Things Done. Confidence and accomplishment go hand-in-hand. ...
  2. Monitor Your Progress. ...
  3. Do The Right Thing. ...
  4. Exercise. ...
  5. Be Fearless. ...
  6. Stand-up For Yourself. ...
  7. Follow Through. ...
  8. Think Long-term.
9 Apr 2019

How can I become mentally strong without losing my mind? ›

But like any physical strength, mental strength doesn't just happen.
Here are 15 effective ways to become more mentally strong:
  1. Focus on the moment. ...
  2. Embrace adversity. ...
  3. Exercise your mind. ...
  4. Challenge yourself. ...
  5. Respond positively. ...
  6. Be mindful. ...
  7. Don't be defeated by fear. ...
  8. Be aware of self-talk.
31 Mar 2016

What are 5 ways to motivate yourself? ›

Self-motivation tips
  1. Put your goal on the calendar. ...
  2. Make working toward your goal a habit. ...
  3. Plan for imperfection. ...
  4. Set small goals to build momentum. ...
  5. Track your progress. ...
  6. Reward yourself for the little wins as well as the big ones. ...
  7. Embrace positive peer pressure. ...
  8. Practice gratitude (including for yourself).
16 Aug 2022

What are examples of difficult situations? ›

Here are some examples of common difficult situations in the workplace:
  • Not getting on with a colleague.
  • Not feeling able to speak up about something you feel is wrong.
  • Your team doesn't pull together.
  • Dealing with a disciplinary issue.
  • Someone has made an insensitive comment.

How would you describe a difficult situation? ›

Situation: Explain the event/situation in a few concise sentences. Task: Briefly describe the task/situation you handled, giving relevant details as needed. Action: Explain the actions you used to complete your task or solve your issue.

Why is life so difficult at times? ›

Life is hard because we are worried and fearful that we have not done well in our lives. We are concerned that we are not living up to our potential, living our dream, working in our passion, or planning for retirement. Life is hard because we want more and believe that we are already failing.

What are the ways of finding meaning of the word? ›

use word parts (roots, prefixes, and suffixes) to determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word. use context clues to confirm the meaning of an unfamiliar word. use a graphic organizer to achieve a deeper understanding of specific vocabulary words.

Which is used to find meaning? ›

Answer: ➡ Dictionary is used to find meanings.

What is meant for you will find you meaning? ›

In the simplest sense, it means that no matter how impossible, unimaginable, or unattainable, if it's meant to be—if it's truly destined as yours—it'll find its way to you. It might take months, years, or even decades, but it'll get there eventually. This doesn't only pertain to materialistic things or ambitions.

How do I find my passion and inspiration? ›

Read an autobiography about someone who pushed boundaries. Turn off the lights and really listen to the lyrics of an album. Seek out a friend who you view as completely passionate about something in their life, and ask them about it. Sometimes, you'll find your inspiration or passion where you least expect it.

How do I find my passion if I don't like anything? ›

Start with only one thing you are most happy to do and give yourself enough time to get the results. For instance, spend some time roaming around your city or country if you love to travel. Whatever you do, you will ultimately find out about other things you are actually passionate about.

How do I find meaning in my suffering? ›

Whether bonding on a deeper level with friends and family or feeling connected to strangers who have gone through similar difficulties, suffering can bring people closer together. Social support is especially important for healing; discussing and processing hardships with other people assists with meaning-making.

How do I start finding meaning in life? ›

How to find meaning in life
  1. Learn all that you can about happiness.
  2. Let your talents lead you to new opportunities.
  3. Make connections with people with whom you share interests.
  4. Set goals that are challenging but clear.
  5. Follow your internal compass when making decisions.
  6. Help others when you can.
25 Jul 2022

How do suffering give meaning to your life? ›

One of the most significant benefits of suffering is that it breeds a deep respect for reality, for what is. While the experience of joy connects us to the realm of infinite possibilities, the experience of pain reminds us of our limitations.

What does Frankl say about meaning in suffering? ›

If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an eradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death, human life cannot be complete.” The test then for all of us is how we respond to the suffering in our lives.

What does the cause of suffering mean? ›

When the Buddha presented the Four Noble Truths, he identified cravin as the origin or cause of suffering. Called taṇhā in Pali and tṛ́ṣṇā in Sanskrit, the terms are typically translated as craving, but also refer to thirst, desire, longing, wish and greed.

What are the 3 three Frankl's sources of meaning? ›

For Frankl, meaning came from three possible sources: purposeful work, love, and courage in the face of difficulty. In examining the “intensification of inner life” that helped prisoners stay alive, he considers the transcendental power of love: Love goes very far beyond the physical person of the beloved.

What are the three lessons on the meaning of life according to Frankl? ›

(Frankl 1992, p. 143). In the pursuit of meaning, Frankl recommends three different kinds of experience: through deeds, the experience of values through some kind of medium (beauty through art, love through a relationship, etc.) or suffering.

What true suffering means? ›

The noble truth of suffering (dukkha) is this: birth is suffering; aging is suffering; sickness is suffering; death is suffering; sorrow and lamentation, pain, grief, and despair are suffering; association with the unpleasant is suffering; disassociation from the pleasant is suffering; not to get what one wants is ...

What is the root of suffering? ›

In Buddhism, desire and ignorance lie at the root of suffering. By desire, Buddhists refer to craving pleasure, material goods, and immortality, all of which are wants that can never be satisfied. As a result, desiring them can only bring suffering.

Who said the meaning of life is suffering? ›

For example, people want to argue with the first of the Four Noble Truths, often translated as "life is suffering." That sounds so negative. Remember, the Buddha didn't speak English, so he didn't use the English word, "suffering." What he said, according to the earliest scriptures, is that life is dukkha.

What is the nature and meaning of suffering? ›

Suffering is experienced by persons, not merely by bodies, and has its source in challenges that threaten the intactness of the person as a complex social and psychological entity. Suffering can include physical pain but is by no means limited to it.

How does suffering lead to hope? ›

Hope for sufferers is rooted in the fact that they've not been singled out or forsaken but that what is painful has a purpose. If suffering has a purpose, then there is reason to believe that good things will come out of what doesn't seem good.


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