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.
Leading a life of meaning, if you like.
For some this may mean 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.)
However, I’d say (and I possibly would, being only microscopically religious myself) that we can all live a life of meaning without necessarily being an active member of a religion.
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?
And of course, I’m happy say you’re part of Moodnudges.
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 on you when you feel a part of this bigger thing makes it all the more important to hunt it down.