The Meaning of Life in 4 Words

Key takeaway

  • We each have our own perception of what makes life meaningful.
  • Sometimes a seemingly whimsical exercise on social media nudge us into more profound thoughts about life.
  • A mindful awareness of what makes up the good and noble in your own life can help you keep your perspective throughout the ups and downs of the everyday.

Recently on Twitter, the hashtag #meaningoflifein4words was trending. People were responding and tweeting their four words — words that represent the meaning of life to them. So, I thought I’d share my four words with you. It took a little bit of time to think about, but not too long. I came up with these: character, love, purpose, and fun.

I don’t know what your four words might be, but I’m going to walk you through how I came up with mine.

Character. From the time I was a very young child, I’ve always felt it very important to build a strong character, so that I could truly be the best version of myself.  Of course, like most of us, I’ve struggled with that my whole life, but it is something that has always been highly important to me.

Love. I find you have to love yourself first, or else nothing else works at all. Love family, love friends, love others in general, and love for everything around you — you can only truly do it if you love yourself first.  It’s like the Beatles sang, “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round.”

Purpose. As an adult I wanted to pursue and understand my purpose — my personal meaning in life — on this planet. Fortunately, I found my purpose and have had the opportunity to pursue it for a long period of time, which has been fulfilling.

Fun. If you know me really well, you know I love having fun. And, I love having fun all day long; sometimes, at the expense of others; but mostly in a self-deprecating way, pointing out my own goofy way of doing things. When I find life getting too hard, fun really helps. Having the ability to laugh at yourself and laugh at really difficult situations alleviates some of the pain. Fun and laughter buoys us up through the bad and hard times we all face throughout life.

Those are my four. Perhaps, you’ll consider taking some time to think about your own four a bit. Might make it fun. Might make you think deeply about it. Might be a profound exercise for you. Might make you laugh. It just might. Until next time, enjoy.


Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country.  He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

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