In her April 7 New York Times article On Coronovirus Lockdown? Look for Meaning, Not Happiness, Emily Esfahani Smith explores how to be resilient, and even thrive, through difficult times. The short answer? Look for meaning rather than happiness.
World renowned psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl, wrote decades ago about this idea. As a Holocaust survivor, he wrote about the difference between those who thrived during and after the Holocaust and those who did not.
If you want a longer read on this topic, I highly recommend his book Man’s Search For Meaning.
Anna is a Master Therapeutic Counsellor (MTC #2153) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT). Anna holds a diploma in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Clearmind International Institute, as well as a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia.