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Learn How To

Turn everyday interactions into meaningful connections
Take practical steps to feel connected to something bigger than yourself
Assemble your life experiences into a coherent narrative
Build a culture of meaning in your workplace, organization, or home

Leverage real-world expertise

Apply breakthrough insights from today’s leading thinkers to your social enterprise.

Adopt best practices

Learn tried and true methods to amplify your impact from the best in the business.

Enjoy lifetime access

Revisit courses, refresh your knowledge, and brush up on your skills at any time.

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Course Syllabus



Video: Welcome to the Course

Video: Introduce Yourself to the Course Community

Video: What is Meaning?

Video: The Difference Between a Meaningful Life and a Happy Life

Video: The Crisis of meaning

Video: The 4 Pillars of Meaning

Exercise: Take the Quiz: What’s Your Pillar of Meaning?



Video: What is Belonging?

Video: The Importance of High-Quality Connections

Video: How to Build Belonging in Your Own Life

Exercise: Build Your Sense of Belonging



Video: What is Purpose?

Video: How to Uncover Your Purpose

Video: A Practical Question to Find Purpose

Exercise: Small Purpose to Larger Purpose

Video: How to Find Your Purpose at Work

Exercise: Service Mindset

Exercise: Take the Via Character Strengths Finder



Video: What is Storytelling?

Video: Redemptive Stories and Contamination Stories

Video: How Stories Shape Us

Video: How to Practice Storytelling

Exercise: Life Map

Exercise: Counter-Factual Thinking for Good



Video: What is Transcendence?

Video: How You Can Tap into Transcendence

Exercise: Micro-Ways to Become Part of Something Better



Video: What are Cultures of Meaning

Video: How to Build a Culture of Meaning

Exercise: Tangible Traces of a Culture of Meaning

Video: How to Foster a Meaning Mindset

Course Description

In this course, psychologist and author Emily Esfahani Smith uses the latest research findings along with insights from philosophers to identify and explain the pillars of a meaningful life. She’ll provide case studies and share concrete strategies and tools for implementing these pillars in your own life in a practical, everyday manner.
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About the Instructor

Emily Esfahani Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Her writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and TIME. She is an instructor in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, a columnist for The New Criterion, and an editor at the Stanford University's Hoover Institution.
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