There's more to life than being happy. People who lead the most meaningful lives have a far-reaching purpose. They forge relationships where they help themselves and others feel valued. They assemble their experiences into a coherent narrative. And they contribute to something bigger than themselves.
If this all sounds abstract, it doesn’t have to be. In this 3-hour, video-based course, Emily Esfahani Smith, the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters will teach you concrete strategies for implementing elements of belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence into your everyday life in practical ways and achievable steps.
Drawing on the latest research in positive psychology; along with insights from philosophers across the ages, Emily Esfahani Smith will share strategies from real people and companies that have effectively built meaningful lives or established cultures of meaning. You’ll create a Meaningful Life Notebook where you can implement and record the results of the experiments you take to start pursuing a life that matters. In the process, you’ll immeasurably deepen your own life, and start to figure out how you can help others in the process.
Emily welcomes you and introduces the concepts that will be explored in this course.
In this lecture, Emily defines meaning and describes the three main elements that people draw from it.
In this lecture, Emily will highlight the distinct differences between living a meaningful life and a happy life. She explains how living with meaning enriches your life far greater than purely seeking a happy life.
In this lecture, Emily will examine why it is that despite historically high standards of living in today's world, many people are left unfulfilled and unsatisfied with how they're living their life.
In this lecture, Emily will dive into what she's discovered are the four pillars of meaning: belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence.
In this lecture, Emily will describe how feeling a sense belonging is a critical need that humans require in order to thrive.
In this lecture, Emily will describe with anecdotes and studies how creating high-quality connections with one another can foster purpose in your life.
In this lecture, Emily will encourage practical, easy steps you can take starting today to cultivate belonging into your daily life.
In this lecture, Emily will describe how directing and focusing on one's own purpose can be a life-changing discovery, using the story of an ex-convict to highlight this.
In this lecture, Emily will guide you in revealing what your purpose is by first looking at your passions, curiosities, and talents.
In order to guide your search for purpose, Emily in this lecture will ask you to start small and build up to what you eventually want to contribute to the world.
In this lecture, Emily will present examples and stories for how you can change your mindset and attitude toward your job in order to build purpose into your work.
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In this lecture, Emily will introduce the importance that storytelling can bring into enriching your life.
In this lecture, Emily will dig into the two most common stories we tend to tell and how we can alter them in more positive ways.
In this lecture, Emily will explain that how we decide to view and tell our story can direct a purpose into our life.
In this lecture, Emily will encourage you to begin developing storytelling habits through journaling and counter-factual thinking.
In this lecture, Emily will define the last pillar of meaning, transcendence, and draw a parallel to how astronauts feel when returning to Earth after space exploration.
In this lecture, Emily will suggest ways to discover transcendence in your daily life, starting with putting down your phone on a walk and staring at art for a longer period of time.
In this lecture, Emily will uncover different instances of cultures of meaning that are occurring for communities to share with one another and deepen their sense of purpose.
In this lecture, Emily will offer advice on how to foster a culture of meaning authentically in your work place.
Emily offers concluding thoughts on how to take all you've learned and live a life with deeper meaning.
Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Her writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and TIME. She is an instructor in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, a columnist for The New Criterion, and an editor at the Stanford University's Hoover Institution.
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