Sense of Belonging Increases Meaningfulness of Life

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A new study finds that when social relationships provide an all important sense of belonging, people feel life has more meaning.

….It’s more than just bonding, therefore, but really feeling like you are fitting in with others which is associated with higher levels of meaningfulness.

Just the reverse effect has been shown in previous studies. People who feel excluded from social groups tend to feel that life has less meaning.

 

….Feeling that life is meaningful is important because:

  • People who feel life is meaningful are more likely to be in both good psychological and good physical health.
  • People who feel life isn’t meaningful are more likely to be depressed, to require therapy and even feel suicidal.

by Jeremy Dean, PsyBlog

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