Those who know about these things tell me that an important contributor to a happier life is having the feeling that you’re part of something bigger: living a life of meaning, if you like.
For some this may involve belonging to an organised religious group of some kind, and I’ve certainly heard it said that those who go to church regularly are happier than those who don’t.
(What we don’t know, of course, is whether going to church makes people happier, or whether in general it’s happier people who go to church.)
Being only very slightly religious myself (if that’s possible), I’d say we can all live a life of meaning without necessarily being an active churchgoer.
For a start, you can be part of your community: a more active part, perhaps?
There’s an opportunity for you.
You can be part of your circle of friends: again, perhaps a more active part?
Another opportunity. For example, I decided to step up the mark today, and do a friend a favour.
At the end of the day, it’s you who chooses what you’ll be part of, but knowing what an impact it can have, makes it all the more important to hunt it down.