Life matters, is endowed with purpose, and makes sense.
The components considered to be central to the experience of meaning--feeling that life matters, identifying a sense of purpose, and achieving an understanding of one&apos;s self and one&apos;s life--hold direct implications for well-being.
A person cannot be considered to have achieved well-being if he or she does not feel like their life has meaning or purpose (Riff & Singer, 1997).
Who am I, why am I here, where am I going, and what is the purpose of life (Milanovich and McCune, 1996)? These seem to be the kind of questions that revolve around establishing a well defined identity for one&apos;s existence or purpose in life.
Spirituality has been suggested as a theoretical source (Emmons, 2003) or augmentative factor (Reker & Wong, 1988). People who have devoted their lives to their religious beliefs also tend to report greater meaning in their lives than people who have not.
People who report lessor meaning in life also report more numerous negative events (Newcombe & Harlow, 1996) and hassles (Flannery & Flannery, 1990) and more grief in their lives (Edmonds & Hooker, 2001).
According to Frankel, the inability to establish ...an identity may profuse a condition called existential anxiety (Bruno, 1974). A way of preventing this type of anxiety may be got people to express more of who they are ...as well as finding a way to be authentic in what they do and how they do it.
Youth living a life of purpose
YOUTH LIVING A LIFE OF
Presented by Jon Dunnemann
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
-- Robert Byrne
• Deciding what matters
• Making right choices
• Responding to fundamental drives
• Searching for personal meaning
• Standing for something
• Making your life count
• Nurturing the best
• Achieving a well-lived life
GOALS AND VALUES
• Personal growth
• Sense of control
• Personal responsibility
• Environmental mastery
• Positive spiritual well-being
• Compelling purposes
• Belief system affiliation
• Expanded awareness
• Development of a clear vision
• Integrated narrative of self
• Sense of transcendence
• Shift in perception, knowledge, and skill
• Buffer from traumatic events
• Identity development
• Attachment and affiliation
• Moral or vision questing
• Spiritual orientation and values perspective
• Strong bonding with others
• Equipping to manage life's challenges
• Commitment to the common good
• Cultural practices
• Family functioning
• Birth order
• Sibling and peer relations
• Neighbourhood and community
• Schooling and media
• Socio-economic and social status
• Anxiety and stress
• Aggression and violence
• Participation in risky and antisocial behaviour
• Popularity and status-seeking
• Shame and quilt
• Spiritual emergencies
• Despair and depression
• Hopelessness and suicidal ideation
• Purpose is a stable and generalized intention to
• Purpose is part of one's personal search for meaning, but
it also has an external component, the desire to make a
difference in the world, to contribute to matters larger
than the self.
• Purpose is directed at an accomplishment towards which
one can make progress.
METHODS FOR ASSESSMENT
• Private diaries
• Essays not written for public consumption
• Specific questions and interviews
• Questions designed to survey purpose, need to focus on
issues of future orientation, goals, and guiding forces that
direct a young person through life.
• Self-report scales, behaviour checklists, and reports of
CULTIVATING NOBLE PURPOSES
• Examples throughout history
• Noble purposes being advanced today
• Introducing today's youth to these noble purposes
CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS
People who say they lead meaningful lives are fairly happy,
satisfied with their lives and self, and experience lower
levels of psychological distress, psychological complaints,
substance-related problems, and disruptive behaviour.
• W. Damon, et al (2003). The Development of Purpose During
• V. Frankl (1984). Man’s Search for Meaning.
• R. J. Leider (2010) The Power of Purpose.
• L. T. E., Mulders. Meaning in life & it's relationship to well-being in
• M. L. Steger, et al (2006). The Meaning in Life Questionnaire: Assessing
the Presence of and the Search for Meaning in Life.
• D. L. Mohan Koos Uys, (2006). Towards Living with Meaning & Purpose:
Spiritual Perspectives of People at Work.
Jon Dunnemann, Founder and Director
‘N Good Company - An emerging spiritual enterprise
Lakewood, NJ 08701
Telephone No.: 1+732. 364.0483