Positive Psychology and Happiness
According to Steger (n.d.a), people who have a sense of meaning in life report feeling happier, more satisfied with their lives, less depressed and anxious, and more satisfied with their jobs. For this unit’s discussion, you will explore the concept of “meaning in life” and identify ways to use this concept in your pursuit of a happier life.
- Explore this Web site (focus on the sections on “Meaningful Living” and “Meaningful Work”)
- Take The Meaning in Life Questionnaire.
- Next, review this short write-up on finding meaning in life.
- Then, based on this exercise, address the following points in your discussion with your peers:
- Compare the concept of happiness as defined in everyday use with the academic definition implied in the field of positive psychology, such as when discussing “meaning in life.”
- Describe the top 3 factors/actions that you feel would bring greater meaning to your life and increase your happiness.
- When replying to at least 2 peers, consider finding common experiences and suggesting additional ways of increasing your happiness quotient.
Michael F. Steger Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life. (n.d.a). Meaningful living. Retrieved from http://www.michaelfsteger.com/?page_id=113
Michael F. Steger Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life. (n.d.b). The meaning of life questionnaire. Retrieved from http://www.michaelfsteger.com/?page_id=13
Tix, A. (2017, February 15). Finding the meaning of life today. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-pursui…
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