There’s a budding group of intellectuals that believe “follow your passion” is bad advice. Is “just do what makes you happy” far behind?
The Atlantic has a smart take on the importance of seeking meaning over happiness:
Meaning is not only about transcending the self, but also about transcending the present moment — which is perhaps the most important finding of the study, according to the researchers. While happiness is an emotion felt in the here and now, it ultimately fades away, just as all emotions do; positive affect and feelings of pleasure are fleeting. The amount of time people report feeling good or bad correlates with happiness but not at all with meaning.