How do we create meaning? - Deepstash
How do we create meaning?

How do we create meaning?

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Mindfulness and Meaning

Being mindful of our own thoughts - watching them instead of running with them - can bring clarity to our daily behavior.

However, it is beneficial that we learn to name certain positive thought patterns, so we understand where our thoughts - the cognitive antipatterns - are maybe taking us.

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Hyperactive Meaning

When there is a lot of uncertainty about the future, we can end up analyzing little gestures and what others have told us - to the point that we end up creating false scenarios that are either overly positive or negative.

When facing with this situation, you can label the thought by telling yourself: "This is the hyperactive meaning pattern."

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Social media can maintain hyperactive meaning

Because social media is built on daily engagement and likes, we can become addicted to the validation of others: the more likes and followers, the more we gain popularity and status - at least in our own mind.

It is good to ask ourselves daily: What am I looking for in this service? What are my goals?

In any case we are promoting something, so what kind of lifestyle, ideas and world view do you want to promote?

This way you can attach the meaning of engagement to this goal of yours, instead of measuring your personal self-worth.

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Hyperactive cognition and taking risks

We constantly calculate risks as our everyday activity and try to prepare for them. If it's raining, we take an umbrella, if it's cold we wear a jacket.

However, this calculation can become counterproductive when we are shielding ourselves from disappointment and as a result, we don't act.

When facing this situation, ask two questions: What's the worst that can happen? What's the best?

Then face the situation with a clear mind: focus on breathing and relax the best you can.

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Humor can help with creating positive meaning

Humor brings people together. Sense of humor is something you can develop, but it requires loosening your inner critic somewhat.

The best humor is quick witted. In other words, the joker is first in the situation to create meaning in a new and confusing situation.

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Meaning is collectively developed

Philosophies such as existentialism start from the individual and their meaning process. However, meaning is not only what I decide it to be - it is what we as a group discover, communicate and implement daily.

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3 tips for creating meaning

  1. Reflect by writing or create a daily audio log
  2. Create a project and timetable for it
  3. Organize a party with friends with a special meaning

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