Feeling that life is meaningful is crucial for good psychological and physical health.
People who feel that life is more meaningful tend to have more purpose, stronger values, greater efficacy and self-worth.
Psychologists repeatedly find that feeling that life is meaningful is important:
- People who feel life is meaningful are more likely to be in both good psychological and good physical health.
- People who feel life isn’t meaningful are more likely to be depressed, to require therapy and even feel suicidal.
Meaning in life is particularly important to people in their 20s and 60s, although most adults can feel when it is missing.
So, below are 7 psychology studies, some from the members-only section of PsyBlog, that reveal how to increase meaning in life.
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- How To Experience More Meaning In Life
- These Everyday Interactions Increase Sense Of Purpose In Life
- The 5 Signs Of Meaningful Work
- A Sense of Belonging Increases Meaningfulness of Life
- 20 Movies That Help You Make Sense Of Life
- An Exercise For Increasingly Meaningfulness
- The 4 Things That People Say Gives Their Lives Meaning
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This site is all about scientific research into how the mind works.
It’s mostly written by psychologist and author, Dr Jeremy Dean.
I try to dig up fascinating studies that tell us something about what it means to be human.