Q: What is the meaning of life?
A: Douglas Adams famously said “42” because from a certain perspective the question is absurd. The thinking mind cannot find an answer: we seem meaningless reproduction machines who need a sense of meaning because of some glitch in our biological programming, or something. But the thinking mind isn’t what created the question.
The reason we exist is a combination of things. You can identify them more or less because when we have those things, or are doing those things, or are in line with those things, as applicable, we feel happy.
Happiness isn’t the meaning of life; it is the indicator of you being close to the meaning of life.
You can generally reach happiness more often by becoming in tune with yourself. If you become quiet inside, through meditation or other techniques, you may be able to feel the impulses of your soul. If you follow these, rather than more negative impulses, what you do will likely result in happiness.
Be aware that these things are NOT what most people think constitute happiness. That’s why so many people are unhappy. You have to discover a rather different way of being in order to reach happiness and the meaning of life.
Once you’ve infused your life with the impulses of your true self, you will feel peace, and Meaning. It will be hard to put words to the Meaning of Life. The true Meaning is rather dynamic, expansive, and any attempt to describe it will only catch a facet of it. But the important thing is when you’ve reached this place, it will feel like the Question is answered, or that it no longer needs an explicit, verbal answer. And that, you’ll find, is what you were looking for in the first place, even if you didn’t know it.