Where people around the world find meaning in life

In the spring of 2021 – as COVID-19 raged across many parts of the world – we asked nearly 19,000 adults in 17 publics where they find meaning in their lives and what keeps them going. While there are some similarities between the places surveyed – for example, family is a top source of meaning in most places – there are also numerous differences that highlight the uniqueness of each culture and public. We encourage you to discover these patterns using the interactive below, focusing either on a source of meaning or on one of the 17 publics surveyed. You can also explore a selection of the detailed, rich quotations provided by respondents around the world.

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