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Meaning of Life

Why All College Students Should Be Asking The Big Questions

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.30.2015 | Religion

Over the last two years, Evgenia Cherkasova, an associate professor of philosophy at Boston's Suffolk University, has taught the university’s f...

What Is the Meaning of Life for You?

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 10.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Gleb Tsipursky

(image credit) This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach th...

Recurring Dream Changed My Waking Life

Sari Sheehan | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Sari Sheehan

The most significant was a recurring dream that spanned 12 years. The tiger dream started when I was 6 years old and concluded just before I turned 18. This dream had such an impact on my life that it propelled me forward in a way I could only have imagined.

The Shock

Pia de Jong | Posted 09.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Pia de Jong

He finds it a challenge to guide them, as best as he can, toward the things that matter: smell, touch, food, art, love, friendship. Eleven thousand volts jolted BJ Miller to life.

How To Live A More Meaningful Life

Peter Field | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Field

Above all else, experiencing a meaningful life means living in the moment, while connecting the past, the present, and the future. Doing so gives us a clearer idea of where we need to go in light of where we have been.

After They Died, I Found My Purpose

Jill Sullivan Grueter | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Jill Sullivan Grueter

Right now, I have six applications on my desk from animal rescue organizations in desperate need of help. Each one of them is unique -- yet, the urgency is the same. Their facilities are on the verge of collapse or closure. And, without the buildings -- what happens to the animals they rescue and save?

Evolution Will Change How You See the World

Lawrence Rifkin | Posted 09.10.2015 | Science
Lawrence Rifkin

When the idea of evolution sinks in - really sinks in - evolution hits home with power and an emotional rush.

Making the Shift from Ambition to Meaning

Mike Robbins | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

The unexpected passing of Dr. Wayne Dyer has had a big impact on me. He was an amazing teacher who inspired me (and millions of others) for many years.

Come Dream With Me...

Jamie Scanlon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Jamie Scanlon

I've always been a vivid dreamer, both when I am asleep and when I am awake, and have always felt there to be a lot of meaning behind the dream state....

The Art of Being Alive Series: The Problem with Meaning (NOT!)

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Adedayo Fashanu

The subject of meaningfulness is one that keeps getting me excited to explore. I think the issue of meaning is that it is the backbone for life and it cannot not be discussed. Who has ever gone through a situtaion and asked themselves WHY?

These Lovely Illustrations Are Proof There's Beauty Outside Our Phones

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Scholl | Posted 07.30.2015 | Healthy Living

When was the last time you truly took in your surroundings? It's no secret that we can sometimes become slaves to our smartphones, which makes unplugg...

Measuring Your Happiness Using the Most Important Concept in Positive Psychology

David Sze | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
David Sze

Subjective well-being is the primary way Positive Psychology researchers have defined and measured people's happiness and well-being.

Maslow: The 12 Characteristics of a Self-Actualized Person

David Sze | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Sze

Abraham Maslow is the leading figure in the tradition of humanistic psychology and the modern Positive Psychology movement owes a huge debt to his...

Money and Happiness? It's Complicated

David Sze | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Sze

Increases in income cause happiness to grow only up until a certain point, the point at which basic needs are met. Above this point, increased income does not contribute to more happiness. Well, the story is slightly more complicated than that.

'Tranquilized by Trivia'

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 07.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

The above quote by the 19th century Danish Philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, was a reaction to his own times, likely, unaware of how prophetic the state...

Scientists Asked 650+ People, 'What is Happiness?' This Is How They Replied.

David Sze | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
David Sze

Are people confused about their own happiness? Or are researchers stuck in their ivory towers, blinded to the needs of the masses?

How Americans and Chinese Think About Happiness Differently

David Sze | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
David Sze

Researchers and thinkers have often claimed that cultures can be divided between individualistic cultures and collectivistic cultures. The former prioritize individual satisfaction and achievement, while the latter prioritize the collective goals of the family, group and society.

The Art of Being Alive Series: Interview With the Founder of 'The Happiness Planner"

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 08.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Adedayo Fashanu

"The Happiness Planner is a stationery line designed to help people welcome more happiness, positivity, and joy into their lives by applying the p...

Love Life: 3 Meaningful Minutes With Rob Lowe

Maya Mathias | Posted 06.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maya Mathias

(Image from It's a good thing I hadn't followed Rob Lowe's 36-year career all that closely (Michael J Fox was more my vibe back in the...

The Father of Positive Psychology and His Two Theories of Happiness

David Sze | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
David Sze

What can we learn from the "father" of positive psychology's two theories of happiness? Don't chase pleasure or positive emotions. You don't have to be sunny all the time in order to flourish. Instead, pursue flow states, and serve something bigger than yourself.

How to Live 2 Years Longer Without Changing Your Diet or Exercise Regimen

Amy Morin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

A new study published in The Lancet reports that having a sense of meaning and purpose may increase your lifespan.

How to Find Unconventional Bliss

Amanda Wowk | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Amanda Wowk

The universe constantly delivers signs that you're on the right path; you just need to heighten your awareness of its guidance.

Lost in the Grips of Narcissism - An Excerpt From The Egotist

Jesse Bogner | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

Back in New York, I had never felt so alone. I was angry at the world, a world that had failed to recognize my greatness. My inability to cope with discomfort led me to self-medicate to the point of assured self-destruction.

My Thorfties

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger I had a startling thought the other day. I wondered if the time had come when I can no longer bro...

Dare to Be 100: Peter Singer's Mighty Voice

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Yesterday I bought Singer's new book, "The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically." (1) I eagerly look ...