Emotionally Extreme Experiences, Not Just “Positive” or “Negative” Experiences, Are More Meaningful in Lifeblogs.scientificamerican.com
- Experiences become meaningful based on how intense they are -- regardless of whether they’re positive or negative.
- Analysis of reports from three studies has shown that either extremely pleasant, or extremely painful events are the most meaningful.
- Emotional intensity and need for contemplation afterwards are what makes a meaningful experience.
- Without pain, there is no way to appreciate the good in life -- happiness and sadness are both essential.
- This puts a question mark on the recent mindfulness craze -- while it has benefits, peaceful meditation is not the only element to a meaningful life.