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Meaning of Life

The Modern Fragmentation of Lives & Identities

David Sze | Posted 02.01.2017 | Healthy Living
David Sze

I have two groups of friends, and they don't intersect. The first group are my fellow Amherst College alumni--intellectual, career-oriented, hard-wor...

Thoreau is Alive (and Crankier Than Ever) on His 200th Birthday

Peter Mandel | Posted 01.30.2017 | Home
Peter Mandel

In a recent piece in the Book Review section of The New York Times ("Celebrating Two Centuries of Thoreau") John Williams reminds us that "if the air ...

Celebrations, Rituals, and Constructing Meaning in Life

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.23.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Gleb Tsipursky

Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President. Series: Find Your Purpose This article first appeared on the blog o...

The Top 10 Insights from the "Science of a Meaningful Life" in 2016

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 01.03.2017 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

By Kira M. Newman, Tom Jacobs, Mariah Flynn, Summer Allen, Jill Suttie, Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas At the start of 2016...

Meaning and Purpose: Quantified and Customized!

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 12.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Gleb Tsipursky

Series: Find Your Purpose Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President. Graphics by Cerina Gillilan This article fi...

People Who Feel Excluded Are Susceptible to Conspiracy Theories

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 12.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

By Tom Jacobs Donald Trump's core supporters seem willing to swallow increasingly absurd conspiracy theories -- including the candidate's insist...

Growing Up Isn't As Bad As It Seems

Gabrielle Pfeiffer | Posted 11.28.2016 | Parents
Gabrielle Pfeiffer

Sure, some of our true glory days will remain in the past, but that doesn't mean growing up has to be as bad as some people make it out to be. The good part is that every day has the power to be as good as we choose it to be- it all depends on our attitudes.

Meaning of Life Defined by a Mere Child: Incredible Video

Carol Ruth Weber | Posted 11.08.2016 | Impact
Carol Ruth Weber

The meaning of life for all of lifetime on planet Earth humans have been discussing this subject. Where did we come from and what is our purpose on Ea...

Life is Like a Cell Phone. To Make it Understandable, You Have to Hit at Least Five Bars.

James Napoli | Posted 08.24.2016 | Comedy
James Napoli

Politics. The economy. World unrest. Life is complex, and does not readily yield any meaning. Yet, it consistently offers us clues through everyday...

How Thoughts Of Death Can Be A Key To Happiness

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 08.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Imagine how free you would feel if you could rid yourself of your fear and live each moment to the fullest. That is one of the promises of a "death awareness" practice that is most enticing.

Secular Political Engagement And Meaning And Purpose In Life

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by prov...

How I'm Trying To Find The Meaning Of Life As I Age

Nancy Roman | Posted 05.29.2016 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

You know what really sucks (so far, anyway) about getting old? LOOKING FOR THE DAMN MEANING! I'm at the last third of my life. The first third went by very very slowly. The second third, however, flew by.

The Meaning of Life

Rebecca Mckown | Posted 05.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rebecca Mckown

Life isn't about control. It's about just being and doing and in this beingness and doingness we grow to be the perfect souls we were born to be. We learn to trust in ourselves and to truly love who we are. And best of all we learn to love the world we live in and all the life within it.

One Women's Truth of Discovery

Audrey Childers | Posted 05.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Audrey Childers

After being diagnosed with hypothyroidism over 10 years ago. I knew there was something more than just being labeled with a medical condition. There w...

The New Science of Afterlife Research and Its Benefits to Society

Stafford Betty | Posted 04.27.2016 | Religion
Stafford Betty

One of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived is that we are more than our bodies and that our true home lies beyond our physical planet. This idea, that we are or have souls that do not die at death, is found in all the earth's religions.

When You Fall in Love

Dragos Bratasanu | Posted 04.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dragos Bratasanu

Remember the first time when you were in love. You were fully living the moment. You were not living in the past nor worrying about the future. You we...

Wandering in the Desert

Reba Linker | Posted 04.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Reba Linker

Being on the journey, fully engaged in the lessons of the journey, is to be human at its best.

Ithaca, Billy Joel and the Meaning of Life

Cynthia Huggins | Posted 04.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Cynthia Huggins

Reading from front to back, it's interesting to see what I copied into this notebook at various stages in my life.

Finding Meaning in the Everyday 

Bhavani Esapathi | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Bhavani Esapathi

Ever wondered how children are amused at some outright bizarre things? It's because they find meaning in things that are completely new to them so what's stopping you from finding meaning in the most mundane, sometimes ridiculous, everyday things? 

"When Breath Becomes Air" - oxygen for the soul

Joseph Cooper | Posted 03.15.2017 | Home
Joseph Cooper

"Paul wrote relentlessly, fueled by purpose.... He started with midnight bursts when he was still a neurosurgery chief resident... drafted paragraphs...

The Long Walk to Meaning

Suresh Thakoor | Posted 03.15.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Suresh Thakoor

Sometimes the greatest thing that happened in your life is that which never happened. I never met Nelson Mandela, but eventually, I learned to love myself and that is how I found who I was.

Answering the Question: What Am I Meant To Do With My Life?

Steffi Erbilgin | Posted 03.01.2017 | Healthy Living
Steffi Erbilgin

As long as we're trying to make use of the gifts we've been given and are giving back to others and are approaching life in a positive open way then we're doing what we're meant to do. It doesn't matter which path we take to get there it just matters that we're here, living, growing, making an effort and trying to make the most of our given time.

The Meaning of Human Existence

Keith Hess | Posted 02.24.2017 | Religion
Keith Hess

In his New York Times bestseller The Meaning of Human Existence, Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson discusses (among other things) the meaning, significan...

10 Big Myths About Your Purpose in Life

Elyse Santilli | Posted 02.02.2017 | Healthy Living
Elyse Santilli

When you commit to living in alignment with your soul and bravely sharing your gifts, you light up, and the whole world benefits from your light.

Why I'd Rather Be 50 Than 25 (And Maybe Even 30)

Ken Budd | Posted 01.31.2017 | Fifty
Ken Budd

Two weeks ago I turned 50. I wondered if I would wake up suddenly wiser, or with osteoporosis, but 50 felt no different than 49 -- which is true of most milestone birthdays. Do you remember turning 10? Of course not. (Though no one made senior citizen jokes when I turned 10.)