50 Reasons Why Your Life Matters

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It happens to the best of us: Sometimes it seems like our lives don’t matter. Whether you are in the depths of depression or have survived an assault on who you are, or even if you are just having a really bad day, sometimes it seems like, “My life doesn’t matter.” However: That thought is wrong. Your life does matter.

A spiritual truth: If you are alive, your life matters. Here are 50 reasons why:

50. The world would be different if you were not born.

49. You have a unique role to play in the grand scheme of things.

48. You have a contribution to make to the world, even if you’re not sure what it is.

47. You were chosen to be born and to live in this world.

46. The small things you do have a bigger positive effect than you know.

45. You have said and will say again kind words that made somebody’s day.

44. You might save someone’s life one day.

43. You might have already saved someone’s life without even knowing it.

42. You have many things to accomplish.

41. You’d be missed by others if you weren’t around, even if you don’t think so.

40. There are things you’ve learned that you need to teach.

39. Nobody can look out at life with exactly the same eyes as you do.

38. You have the ability to choose, and that is a gift.

37. You can rectify mistakes by approaching the same situations in better ways in the future.

36. You can inspire someone who feels broken.

35. You can experience the satisfaction of doing something difficult.

34. The soul that lives in your body is yours and only yours, and was put in your body for a reason.

33. Your body is a channel for your soul.

32. Your potential for growth is unlimited.

31. People might have told you that you are worthless, but they are wrong.

30. Every morning is an opportunity to renew your connection to your soul.

29. Every night is an opportunity to take stock of the day and plan for a better tomorrow.

28. Your cells are constantly regenerating, which means that at the cellular level you are always changing and progressing.

27. Everything you see in the world has a lesson to teach you.

26. Every day that you are alive you are acquiring experience and knowledge.

25. Using your money for charitable purposes makes your work and money meaningful.

24. You have the ability to use your resources to produce more than is given to you.

23. You can set an example of gracious conduct.

22. The soul inside you never grows weary; it allows you to continue on even when you are physically and emotionally tired.

21. The real you is the inner you, and when you are living with the real you, your life takes on greater meaning.

20. Every year on your birthday, the special energy invested in you at birth is present.

19. Pain you experience can be transformed into growth.

18. Ambition and creativity are lifelong journeys, so your life matters regardless of your age.

17. Every stage of life has its inherent strengths. The stage of life you are in right now is meaningful even if it feels like a slump.

16. You are a partner in the creation of the world. You co-create reality with the Universe.

15. You have the power to shape your future.

14. The good things you do today have perpetual effects.

13. Your joy has a cosmic impact.

12. There is a part of you that has never been wounded — and can never be wounded.

11. Some of the little things you do in life are more important than the big things.

10. The journey of your life is more important than your material accomplishments.

9. You might not think you are a leader, but everyone has the ability to influence another person positively.

8. You are a link in a long historical chain.

7. You can recognize the extraordinary within the ordinary.

6. Your life is a miracle, an actual miracle.

5. You are inherently good. Your inner self is inherently good. Every person has an inherently beautiful inner self.

4. Your life matters because you yearn for something better.

3. Your life matters because you care enough to regret your mistakes.

2. Regardless of how lonely you feel, you are never alone.

1. Your life matters because birth is God saying, “You matter.”

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scott
4 years ago

im 18 years old and i was feeling really sad thanks for making me feel better

??
4 years ago

This sucked as much as me and I’m atheist so this also pissed me off a bit.

Todd
4 years ago

A agree with “??”
Stupid ass religious BS.
More blood has been shed in the name of God than all worlds wars combined.

Doesn't matter
4 years ago

Reading those 50 reasons made me all the more cynical about life. To some degree it even increased my optimism about dying. Not saying this to troll or be disagreeable either, just being honest. Thanks.

hugely depressed
4 years ago

thx for the reasons and i really really like the first one, it really makes me feel a lot better

Camus
3 years ago

You are simply telling people what they want to hear. Our significance in the universe is a very deep and hard philosophical question to answer. How can my life matter if my God doesn’t answer me and I’m stuck with the atheists telling me that I should be happy regardless and embrace a cold empty existence where nothing matters, especially beyond death. People say we can make our own purpose. But I don’t trust myself to make a purpose that leads me down a path of virtue, goodness and morality.

So I’m stuck in this cross road of do I make my own purpose that is bound to be riddled with flaws. Struggle on a path to find a greater existential meaning to life. Or acknowledge that my life actually means nothing and I have no ultimate purpose and embrace the absurdity of the world. I’m stuck please. I just want to do good, be wise, and love and die well.

Please stop putting up these dumb “top 50 reasons why my life matters” if they can’t all be defended with proper gentle argumentation, logic and most of all philosophy.

Please help I’m in terrible pain please help me.

.
3 years ago

I am personally atheist myself and I do not agree with the other comments regarding being offended. I do not find this offensive whatsoever, religious or not. When they say God, they do not mean Jesus or whatever. They mean God in the sense of Maker.
Either way, I think these were well chosen and made me feel a lot better. Thanks.

Hen
3 years ago

This is a great list. For people like me who overthink EVERYTHING, it helped channel my focus to better thoughts. Thanks.

xunknownx
3 years ago

you made me cry . This helps sooo much

Billy
3 years ago

I have been dealing with major depression and anxiety, with it becoming very severe during the past several weeks. While in this unstable state, I have been rethinking my entire life and it has made me question if my life is significant at all. This list helped me a ton, and I appreciate you taking the time to post it. It could have very well saved someone’s life like mine who has been dealing with suicidal thoughts. Thank you.

3 years ago

….none of these reasons make sense

Jessie
3 years ago

Hi , Could I translate these reasons into Chinese and post on my Facebook?

Dee
3 years ago

Thank you. Wish I could tell you how helpful this is during a really difficult time in my life when I’m trying so hard and still struggling so much.
God bless your soul. Thank you ????????❤️

BeadyEyes49
2 years ago

Okay to people actually reading the comments and/or commenting on here. Instead of saying ‘oh this made me depressed and made me want to…’ Maybe suggest ways of making this better then just saying these kind of things because in others eyes, that would be considered a form of guilt trip. Also calm down before posting what you post, just because you are an atheist doesn’t mean you get to comment whatever you want on here. Negativity isn’t always the answer, so don’t try to bring others down with you. Calling someone’s religion stupid along with bs doesn’t make any difference in what you’re saying, and no one is going to really listen when your anger shows through. Instead ask “is there a way you can make another list like this in which doesn’t suggest the subject of god?” Be a little more civilized in the way you speak. Yes, people fought over god as atheist fight for the fact there is no god. As for some of the comments on this page. “These are all reasons Ive heard before and it actually wants to make me kill myself more now actually knowing someone is actually dumb enough to believe it.” From Nothing. There are plenty of mistakes in your wording. Something like this page cannot want to make you kys, this page doesn’t have a brain because it is a part of the internet, the writer on the other hand wants you to live. What your writing should have looked like, “These are reasons I have already heard before, and it makes me want to kill myself more now then knowing that some people are dumb enough to believe this.” But even that is rude to say. So instead your writing should have been, “Theses weren’t that great of reasons as I would have liked to read, can you please make something with a little more life and hope, instead of being so cheesy?” You are only offended by something when you allow it to get to you. Not everyone has the same belief as you, it does not give you a right to be so rude and be negative towards them for it.

Kill me
2 years ago

This Kinda helped

SS
2 years ago

Maybe god needs me to die, he does work in mysterious ways. People claim god does everything for a reason until it makes them uncomfortable. I keep getting suicidal. I believe god loves me but doesn’t like me. BTW half of these are the same reason “you matter because you matter”. Try harder.

worthless
2 years ago

at first I thought it would help but no. im very young and my parents dont like me i am fake and do things just to impress others. I lie about stuff to act cool, and Im done with it. My grades suck and i am grounded for months at a time. I am ugly and annoying. All i want is to be loved but it seems impossible. I wish I could start over

Mark
2 years ago

The key is to feel value is yourself. I’m a giver and always will be a people pleaser. The value of me making others feel good about themselves is who I am

Unimportant
1 year ago

The truth is that my life doesn’t matter so I hate this page for writing the whole ‘gods plan’ and ‘god has a place for you’. What part of God’s plan requires me to want to die. HEAK if I were to die tonight the world wouldn’t change. This page is far too optimistic for the world we live in.

oop
1 year ago

everything feels like crap. but thank you to this site for i don’t know..making this crappy life better? i’ve given up hoping everyday will get better, but you guys should never. mine’s just too crappy to try and fix.

LemonBratt
1 year ago

I am very young and I make dark jokes, my mother hates me because of my personality and threatens me daily, my sister isn’t a help either, she laughs and torments me. I have anger issues and I get my little moments sometimes. I let things get to me too much and I’m just a huge cry baby, just because I am a certain age doesn’t mean I’m always gonna be perfect like everyone else. My mother has high expectations for me and I just can’t do it. It’s too much pressure and I feel like pulling the S-word and just everything and everyone irritates me and when everyone tries to talk to me while I’m angry, they’re making everything worse and my mom wants to help me but she’s hitting me, yelling at me, callinng me things that I shouldn’t go into depth about but she’s just making everything worse for me. She claims to love me and care for me around other people/in public but I know she hates my guts. I don’t trust her and I had enough being someone’s ragdoll. Nothing is fair to me and everyone is saying that I’m “over reacting.” I have nothing left for my mother and sister and one of my brothers. I only have a connection to my older cousin which has helped me through a lot and she’s the best. I love my dad and my step mom too, chill out.

Whew… Thanks for reading my vent, I’m trying to convince myself that life will get better. I hope.

Justme
1 year ago
Reply to  LemonBratt

What you described compares to me so much. From the anger issues, to being a cry baby, to high expectations from my mom, to the hitting & yelling, name calling, claiming to love and care about me, I don’t trust my mom, unfair towards me, “over reacting”, cousin that helped me, and loving my dad & step mom. I know that we obviously don’t go through or deal with the same things but just know that you’re not the only one.

Anon
1 year ago

50. The world would be different if you were not born.
So?
49. You have a unique role to play in the grand scheme of things.
Someone else will take that role when you are not here.
48. You have a contribution to make to the world, even if you’re not sure what it is.
Helping destroy your home, the world, is a contribution too…
47. You were chosen to be born and to live in this world.
“Chosen” If that means being the seed to penetrate the egg…
46. The small things you do have a bigger positive effect than you know.
How does it matter when you don’t know?
45. You have said and will say again kind words that made somebody’s day.
Or ruin somebody’s day.
44. You might save someone’s life one day.
Or worsen someone’s life.
43. You might have already saved someone’s life without even knowing it.
Or ruined it.
42. You have many things to accomplish.
Because you have a glass ball and can predict the furute?
41. You’d be missed by others if you weren’t around, even if you don’t think so.
How can you be missed by people if you dont have a social life?
40. There are things you’ve learned that you need to teach.
Because Google doesn’t already know it…
39. Nobody can look out at life with exactly the same eyes as you do.
True, so what?
38. You have the ability to choose, and that is a gift.
You don’t. Every choice is already made. The illusion of making choices makes people blind.
37. You can rectify mistakes by approaching the same situations in better ways in the future.
Or you can make the same mistake over and over again without progress.
36. You can inspire someone who feels broken.
If you are social.
35. You can experience the satisfaction of doing something difficult.
“satisfaction”
34. The soul that lives in your body is yours and only yours, and was put in your body for a reason.
You don’t have a soul. Just brain activity.
33. Your body is a channel for your soul.
No soul. Without your body your brain would not be able to function.
32. Your potential for growth is unlimited.
“potential”
31. People might have told you that you are worthless, but they are wrong.
How would you know? You don’t even know me…
30. Every morning is an opportunity to renew your connection to your soul.
NO SOUL!
29. Every night is an opportunity to take stock of the day and plan for a better tomorrow.
Plan the unplanable.
28. Your cells are constantly regenerating, which means that at the cellular level you are always changing and progressing.
You are not changing. The cells are.
27. Everything you see in the world has a lesson to teach you.
True.
26. Every day that you are alive you are acquiring experience and knowledge.
True.
25. Using your money for charitable purposes makes your work and money meaningful.
Because throwing your money against money-grabbing jews will make your life meaningful…
24. You have the ability to use your resources to produce more than is given to you.
If you take from someone else, sure.
23. You can set an example of gracious conduct.
Sure.
22. The soul inside you never grows weary; it allows you to continue on even when you are physically and emotionally tired.
Your soul is your brain that will grow weary.
21. The real you is the inner you, and when you are living with the real you, your life takes on greater meaning.
There is no real or fake you. There is just you.
20. Every year on your birthday, the special energy invested in you at birth is present.
And when you die that energy will be taken to make a new baby.
19. Pain you experience can be transformed into growth.
Or into more pain.
18. Ambition and creativity are lifelong journeys, so your life matters regardless of your age.
Why exactly?
17. Every stage of life has its inherent strengths. The stage of life you are in right now is meaningful even if it feels like a slump.
Again, why exactly?
16. You are a partner in the creation of the world. You co-create reality with the Universe.
You are also a partner in destroying the world. You are killing your home.
15. You have the power to shape your future.
No you don’t. Your future is already shaped. You only discover it.
14. The good things you do today have perpetual effects.
What about the bad things?
13. Your joy has a cosmic impact.
Keep lying to yourself.
12. There is a part of you that has never been wounded — and can never be wounded.
What? Your non-existing soul?
11. Some of the little things you do in life are more important than the big things.
But most big things will be more noticable.
10. The journey of your life is more important than your material accomplishments.
Depends.
9. You might not think you are a leader, but everyone has the ability to influence another person positively.
Or negatively.
8. You are a link in a long historical chain.
Probably a broken chain.
7. You can recognize the extraordinary within the ordinary.
Or the other way around.
6. Your life is a miracle, an actual miracle.
Miracles aren’t a thing…
5. You are inherently good. Your inner self is inherently good. Every person has an inherently beautiful inner self.
You = you.
4. Your life matters because you yearn for something better.
And how is death not better for some?
3. Your life matters because you care enough to regret your mistakes.
Because you are tought to care.
2. Regardless of how lonely you feel, you are never alone.
Because hackers and FBI are watching you through your webcam or phonecam?
1. Your life matters because birth is God saying, “You matter.”
If god talks to you, you are schizophrenic.

Mr. Cheese
7 months ago
Reply to  Anon

Just disproving these points doesn’t make you worthless. There are many things humans are capable of, and nobody can take your accomplishments away from you except you. Also some people believe there is a soul and a lot of people believe they have a special connection with a higher power. Some things can’t be explained (or proven or disproven). I personally believe every person is meaningful and put on this world for a reason.

CLAY R HAGWOOD
1 year ago

I stopped reading at 47. I wasn’t chosen to be here. By whom by what? All things you cannot explain. Your list is flawed.

Malka Forshner
7 months ago

This was a marvelous list! I printed it out, gave one list to a friend. With another copy, we passed it around our Shabbos table, during the Friday night meal, and asked everyone to read one! Some people were joking it was like their “fortune cookie” but it prompted some pretty interesting discussion…….and the one I “randomly” picked? (clearly no such thing as “random”) was spot on–it addressed an on-going issue I’ve been having for a couple of years, and it clarified much of it! Thanks so much!!!

Tina
1 year ago

I love this page. It is just what I needed to help make me feel more positive about myself. Thank you and bless you.

A Depressed person
1 year ago

Thanks for creating this page, I may be a random teenager but this page has enlightened me, even though only a bit, yet depression still strikes me. 😔

Beleive Beyond Ourselves
1 year ago

I notice the detractors sound so much like each other. I wonder in some twisted way do they find fellowship with each other on their like minded views.Do Miserable people need others like them. Like the munsters or something. So Sad not to beleive in God. Who wants to be Sad?

Aj22
3 months ago

I’m not sure u need to believe in God to feel good, some people are unfortunately told since childhood that they are not worth much. But they put guns in their hands, there u go, they feel powerful. Or take the child from that environment, give them family, school, friends, love. Not saying belief is wrong, but balance is important.

John
1 year ago

This has become racist.

Elijah
10 months ago

this was real help full on my depression

random person
10 months ago

this really made my day thank you for making this.

Meemaw
10 months ago

I don’t feel that I matter. I am really ugly.

Aj22
3 months ago
Reply to  Meemaw

Then you compare too much with others, u got hands, feet, u can do many things

Random Person
6 months ago
Reply to  Meemaw

God said that you matter. You are beautiful in God’s eyes. You have a beautiful soul. Have a wonderful day.

Carter
7 months ago
Reply to  Meemaw

I got every degree to keep me happy and a iq 145 and i don’t know my life is heading

Aj22
3 months ago
Reply to  Carter

Sometimes, to breath and drink water is enough

Hello
10 months ago

this did not help me feel better at all

anonymous
8 months ago

sleep dont work if ur soul tired

Death◇Alive
6 months ago

I think i couldn’t understand a thing about life at all i have been thinking of commiting suicide since i was 8yr old and now today is my birthday i m 17 now definitely goona commit murder-sucide today cause i m tired of life have more interest and profit in DEATH and REVENGE rather than living
I m sorry but i could only laugh at 50 jokes that were written

anon
6 months ago

half of these werent even reasons what are yall on? 31. People might have told you that you are worthless, but they are wrong. this isnt even a reason?? huh?? plus im an atheist and a lesbian and seeing a religious side in this made it worse for me

Last edited 6 months ago by anon
Aj22
3 months ago
Reply to  anon

The only thing that makes me a little sad is we read so many books, we have internet in our disposal, where u can learn anything. But all the people who made a comment that the list sucks,did not actually propose any better option or way how to improve the state of mind which this website is offering. Imagine someone builds your house and architect says to the worker, let’s put window over here, but three workers say, that’s stupid, and so on. How is the house gonna build? When? Aha you would only suggest it if u get paid for that advice. Would it really chop ur finger to bring a better idea to the table?hmm