As Americans gather with their family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner, they're being fed some findings about what they find meaningful in life. And guess what? Americans find family the biggest source of satisfaction and meaning in their lives.
Asked to rate what gave their life meaning, researchers found most people mentioned family, followed by career and money, and then friends or religion.
Two-thirds of those surveyed said family was a source of satisfaction.
But close to a third also mentioned work, while 23 percent said their finances made their lives meaningful, according to the Pew Research Center.
Researchers conducted the survey late last year, asking nearly 5,000 Americans an open-ended question about what parts of their lives gave them satisfaction and fulfilment and a set of closed-ended questions. The closed-ended question asked respondents to rate how much meaning and fulfillment they draw from each of 15 possible sources.
· Family: 69 percent
· Career: 34 percent
· Money: 23 percent
· Faith and spirituality: 20 percent
· Friends: 19 percent
· Activities and hobbies: 19 percent
· Health: 16 percent
The open-ended question about where people found fulfillment received a wide variety of responses.
121Building a scale model trebuchet out of discarded lumber. I can do it
137I guess what keeps me going is the surprising acts of kindness I see everyday in this city. A kid dropped and broke his toy on the train during rush hour and had a meltdown. Strangers grabbed the pieces and worked together to snap it back together.138
145With lots of money from the job I146ll be able to finally enjoy life and its full benefits
161the most important source162provides a great deal.163most important164
At Thanksgiving, it's only appropriate that family gets top billing. Read about the survey for all the findings.