Unless you’re fantastically fortunate there will almost certainly be times in life when things feel a bit meaningless.
A bit blah.
Sometimes this can be the result of circumstances – when someone you love (or loved) is no longer there, for instance.
But it can also come about if the black dog comes calling, often for no apparent reason whatsoever.
When you feel like this, it’s received wisdom that it can help to believe that you’re living a life of meaning – that there’s some greater purpose for you being here.
But it could be that your low mood will have you questioning the very idea of this.
Some are able to turn to religious beliefs at a time like that.
But what can you do when the feeling of being part of something bigger might help, but you have no particular religious faith?
Here are five possibilities.
Maybe one will work for you.
Perhaps they’ll inspire you to think of others.
1. Get out into nature.
There’s nothing like a walk in the big outdoors to remind you that you’re one (vital) component in a complex, rich world.
2. Listen to a piece of beautiful, moving music.
Another human being wrote that, and others performed it: they weren’t so different from you.
3. Visit a church or cathedral and take time to soak up its atmosphere.
Think about the people who built it, and their motivations for doing so.
Again, they were human beings very much like you and me.
4. Spend time with children – a reminder that the human race is a never-ending relay, of which you’re an important part.
5. Borrow a library-book biography of someone you admire, preferably someone whose life seemed full of meaning.
As you read it, look for clues: what led them to being the way they are, or were?
While none of these are certain to provide you with a magic remedy on a meaningless day, they might help a little, and every little helps.