The Ultimate Question – What is the Point of Life?


Have you ever found yourself pondering about the ultimate question… what is the point of life?

It may seem like an odd question, but it’s actually one of the most important questions you can ask yourself. So, what is the point of life? Or, more specifically, why do we exist? 

For example, consider the following questions:

What is the purpose of life?

What is reality?

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What happens after we die?  

How to find your life purpose?

and so much more…

Made You Smile Back is pleased to present this blog that is both enlightening and thought-provoking.  What is the point of life and why is it so important to understand and embrace?

What is the Point of Life? – The Truth About Happiness

The answers to these questions might be surprising, but they’ll help you find peace within yourself.

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In other words, if you don’t know why you’re here, you won’t know where you want to go.  Yes, it’s a highly personal journey.

But once you understand what life is really about, you’ll be able to figure out how to live a more meaningful and happier life.

Truly, when you think about it.  The point of life is simply living.  But what does ‘living’ mean?  What does ‘living’ mean to you?

It’s not just about the big question… what is the point of life?  It’s  ‘why is it important?’  

You’re One in Four Trillion Born On This Planet

I don’t know about you, but for me I have often pondered this question.  Why am I here living on this big planet today? 

Would it surprise you to learn that the odds of even actually being born is a staggering 1 in 400 trillion?  Let me repeat that for you…

The odds of even actually being born, everything lined up cosmically, lineage, circumstance etc. is a mind-blowing ‘one out of four-hundred trillion (1-400 trillion.)  I first learned of this fact by listening to a  TedX Talk featuring Mel Gibbons, a popular best-selling self-help author and motivational speaker.

You’re a Miracle!

So when you think about it, knowing the odds of being born leads to only one conclusion.  The fact we are living and breathing on this big marble-blue planet is statistically inconceivable. 

Yes, we all are miracles.  As Dr. Ali Binazir states: 

“A miracle is an event so unlikely as to be almost impossible. By that definition, I’ve just proven that you are a miracle.” 

The Ultimate Question

As reiterated above, given we defied all odds to exist, that begs the most important question that philosophers, theologians, and countless others have all attempted to answer — What is the point of life?

So Why Do We Exist?

Do you feel like you are just going through the motions each day without understanding the bigger “why” of your existence?

The simple truth is… we don’t know the answer to that precise question.  But what we do know is that you’re alive.  And that you have a choice.

You can make a difference… you can leave something behind (a legacy perhaps)… or you could make the decision to be a part of something bigger!

There is only now.  Because yes, we ultimately are going to die.  Nothing lasts forever.  So everyday is a gift.  Everyday is a blessing.  Everyday is a new chance to have meaning in your life. Everyday you can make a difference with how you live your life.

According to, they give these 11 reasons as to why we exist:

1) To make other people happy.

2) To experience the fullness of who you are.

3) To become the greatest version of yourself.

4) To discover your inner and outer worlds.

5) To become the lead role in your story.

6) To achieve self-actualization.

7) To make a positive impact.

8) To remain a life-long learner.

9) To create it for yourself.

10) To remain positive, but realistic.

11) To develop and nurture relationships,

Discovering our 3 Realities – External, Internal & the Unknown

Discovering our 3 Realities – External, Internal & the Unknown

Let’s explore our external, internal and unknown realities. These are the three primary aspects of our existence.

External Reality:

This is the external, physical world. It’s what we see, hear and feel. 

Your external reality is made up of religion, culture, education, ancestry, family traditions, and friend groups.  All of these external factors combine to create the unique individual you currently are and ultimately will become.

Internal Reality:

This is our emotional and mental self. It’s what we think, say and emotionally feel inside. 

It is our desire and passion.  Some say it’s heart-based.  Our internal reality includes our ‘gut feelings’ or ‘intuition’.  It acts as our guide.  In turn we experience life lessons and leads us to our own purpose.

Unknown Reality:

This is our subconscious mind, or what we don’t know. 

No one can argue that our lives are driven by what is known and what we believe.  But the reality of the unknown is immense.  There are simply things we don’t know and for that matter… never can know. 

So ultimately we must accept that there will always be those things we shall never comprehend nor understand.  Yes, it can be frustrating.  But if we allow it, accepting the unknown reality can reveal to us a sense of peace and openness to others and their ideas.

So again, what’s the point of living, then? The answer is that there is no one answer for everyone. The idea is that you combine your external and internal reality, accept the unknown, and tap into your life’s purpose. Your personality, skills, goals, and desires are what will ultimately act as the compass to help you find that.

Remember you’re the captain of your own ship and you are in absolute control of your destiny and life’s journey!

Discovering Your Life Purpose

In a previous blog entitled: “Discovering Your Life’s Grand Purpose,” the search for happiness and our life’s purpose is hardwired in our DNA. It transcends age, gender, geography, vocation, and personal circumstances. 

People who live their life’s purpose pursue their dreams with fervor, put their heart into everything they do, and feel that they’re personally making a difference.

Frank Sonneberg

Going further, according to Jayne Stevenson, author of the blog article, ‘Here’s Why You Keep On Resisting Your Life Purpose‘ in which she discusses how one can get ‘crystal clarity about passion and purpose’, she summarizes it as:

“Who you believe you are, how you relate to others, and how you engage with the world around you is directly aligned with your purpose.”

Jayne Stevenson

No matter what religion or culture or part of the world you come from, it is a universal fact and belief that every person on the planet has a life purpose.

(NOTE:  The following paragraphs are take from Made You Smile Back’s blog “Discovering Your Life’s Purpose:”)

Raison d’être

In France, they call it, Raison d’être, which literally means the most important reason or the purpose for someone or something’s existence or “reason for being”.


In Hindu cultures, Dharma  is known as the “right way of living” and “path of rightness’. It is the conventional explanation of life purpose. Going further, Dharma is the regulator of change and the principle which remains constant while change occurs; but dharma itself does not change.


The Japanese call it Ikigai, “our reason for living; meaning for life; what makes life worth living”. Ikigai is all about finding joy in life through purpose. In other words, your ikigai is what gets you up every morning and keeps you going.

Abrahamic Religions

And for those of us who associate themselves being devout believers of one of the three Abrahamic Religions (Judiasm, Christianity and Islam), our religious belief plays a vital role of how we feel our life’s purpose is directed. The relationship with God/Allah is interweaved into what our ‘divine purpose/intention’ in life is in regards to using the ‘talents’ or ‘gifts’ provided to us by God/Allah and using these determined strengths in helping others during our lifetime and how we treat our family, friends and strangers.”– Beth Elkassih

What is the Point of YOUR Life?

“The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.”

— W. Somerset Maugham

Let me ask you something.  Are you struggling to see the point of life?

Do you struggle each day without understanding the bigger “why” of your existence?

What if instead, you concentrated on this question… “Why is life important?” 

Why is it so important to find our purpose in life? 

Well, I don’t know about you, but for me, I don’t want to be a bystander on the sidelines watching everybody else having a satisfying and fulfilling life while I just ‘exist day to day! Do you? What joy is that? We all want to achieve happiness and fulfillment in our lives. It’s built in our DNA to have meaning in our lives and stand for something, right?

For example, we can say that life is about experiencing happiness.  Life is about being happy and joyful.  Being happy is having a positive outlook on life.

When thinking about the point of life, you might find it to be an overwhelming and daunting question.  In fact, you may feel that it’s a very difficult question to answer.

But after reading the content above, perhaps some of the answers to this question might not seem so complicated at all.

If you want to help others and love them unconditionally, if you have the courage to see through your fears and realize your full potential, you’re already halfway there.

You’re free to give your life whatever purpose you choose to give it.

So I challenge you, go live a meaningful life of purpose and be a part of something bigger!

What is the Point of Life Quotes

I end this blog with providing inspiring, albeit thought-provoking quotes to help and guide you to finding your own unique life purpose.

Let these quotes give you pause for reflection.

“If we live an unconscious life, without purpose, life then just happens to us.”

Dr. Kate Siner


“We all have a purpose in life, and when you find yours you will recognize it.”

 Catherine Pulsifer


“Our lives matter. No matter what people tell you otherwise. God created everything for a purpose.”

Edric Prim


“Knowing your life purpose is the first step toward living a truly conscious life. A life purpose provides us with a clear goal, a set finish line that you truly want to reach.”

Simon Foster


“Discovering your purpose is the most significant thing you will do in your life, and you, your loved ones, and the world will be better off because you went on this journey.”

Mastin Kipp


“Live for something, have a purpose… and with that purpose keep it in front view.” –

Robert Whitaker


“Understanding purpose is one thing, but recognizing the importance of having purpose is another. Everybody has a unique purpose in their life, whether it be to help others, provide for family, or be free.”

Ben Gothard


“We don’t want confidence just for the sake of it; we want it for a purpose. We want it to help us achieve our goals, follow our dreams, or perform better in some domain of life, such as sports, business, music, the arts, public speaking, parenting, or socializing.”

Russ Harris


“A lot of people are always desiring desiring many things in life not knowing what it is they are actually desiring for. The absence of desire also makes life very difficult since the one living as such cannot define his purpose in life.”

G. S Clason


“Each of us is born for a purpose, and we want our lives to matter. I don’t think it’s unique to only some of us; it’s a longing of every human being.”

Garrett Gravesen


“Goals give you that sense of meaning and purpose, a clear sense of direction. As you move toward your goals you feel happier and stronger. You feel more energized and effective. You feel more competent and confident in yourself and your abilities.”  

Brian Tracy


“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.”

Napoleon Hill


“By staying with the higher energies of optimism, forgiveness, understanding, reverence for Spirit, creativity, serenity, and bliss, your own purpose – which revolves around serving others and serving God – becomes fulfilled, and as a bonus, you create allies.”

Wayne Dyer


“With strong motivation, you will feel energetic, focused, and happy. You’ll have a strong sense of direction & purpose, as well as a feeling that you’re moving towards your ideal future… When obstacles get in your way, you will cheerfully find ways to remove them or steer around them.”  –

James Adler, Motivation


The Ultimate Question - What is the Point of Life?

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beth elkassih

“Hi! Welcome to the launching and introduction to ‘Made You Smile Back’! I’m so pleased you’re here. Let me share with you a little bit about myself and why I created this platform.”

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