How to quickly and easily add meaning to your life: - Barking up the wrong tree
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
I had never heard of counterfactual thinking before.
This is fascinating:
"Reflecting on alternative pathways to pivotal turning points even produced greater meaning than directly reflecting on the meaning of the event itself. Fate perceptions (“it was meant to be”) and benefit-finding (recognition of positive consequences) were identified as independent causal links between counterfactual thinking and the construction of meaning. Through counterfactual reflection, the upsides to reality are identified, a belief in fate emerges, and ultimately more meaning is derived from important life events."