5. Promoting Meaning and Purpose in Life

  1. Acacia C. Parks1 and
  2. Stephen M. Schueller2
  1. Joo Yeon Shin and
  2. Michael F. Steger

Published Online: 11 APR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118315927.ch5

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions

How to Cite

Shin, J. Y. and Steger, M. F. (2014) Promoting Meaning and Purpose in Life, in The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions (eds A. C. Parks and S. M. Schueller), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118315927.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Hiram College

  2. 2

    Northwestern University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 APR 2014
  2. Published Print: 6 MAY 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119950561

Online ISBN: 9781118315927

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Keywords:

  • happiness;
  • well-being;
  • positive psychological interventions;
  • young adults;
  • meaning in life;
  • purpose in life;
  • meaning-oriented interventions;
  • logotherapy;
  • meaning-enhancing interventions

Summary

As research increasingly suggests the potential benefits of meaning and purpose, the question of how to develop and cultivate a sense of meaning and purpose naturally holds significance. In this chapter, we briefly review existing meaning-oriented interventions and discuss their limitations. We next provide several intervention strategies based on Steger's (2009) conceptual framework of meaning. Finally, we suggest that future research on meaning-enhancing interventions attend to identifying mediators and moderators of intervention effects with a consideration of cultural contexts.