I came to the Dhamma via depressions about the meaningless of life.
One evening at a chinese restaurant, a good friend (who also suffered under depressions) told me that he read something about Buddhism. He gave me a short summary of the 4 noble truths: "The Buddha teached that existence is suffering, but suffering is conditioned through craving... You can end suffering, if you end the causes. The way to end them is the noble eightfold path."
These few sentences stuck in my head. So I read more about Buddhism at the internet and ordered some books.
I tried to meditate guided by the books and during one of my first metta meditations I experienced strong rapture.
It was such a beautiful and warm feeling, that made me smile the rest of the day. It was like seeing daylight for the first time in my life
I thougt: "Wow! That's it!" and so I developed faith in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and took refuge.
"Once you understand anatta, then the burden of life is gone. You’ll be at peace with the world. When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness and we can truly be happy."
- Ajahn Chah