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Meaning and Purpose to Your Life

The terms meaning and purpose often appear together, and I would frame their relationship this way: when we act with purpose, we take actions that are important enough to lend meaning to our lives. Meaningful actions are always in accord with our personal life values, whether we value accomplishment, wellbeing, comfort and safety, healthy relationships, artistic expression, or any other quality of life. Living purposefully, engaged in an active search for meaning, is a highly beneficial mastery and wellbeing practice that can have a profound positive impact on physical and emotional health. It is particularly effective in alleviating depression.


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Meaning and Purpose to Your Life

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

Dr. Berkelhammer is a retired mind-body medicine psychologist. He writes about mindfulness-based practices with a unique emphasis on optimization of wellbeing and health. Dr. Berkelhammer also lectures at San Francisco State University and UC San Francisco, and is currently teaching a class in Marin County through College of Marin. He is the author of the book "In Your Own Hands; New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions".

See his extensive website: LarryBerkelhammer.com

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Berkelhammer, D. (2018). Meaning and Purpose to Your Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/own-hands/2018/01/meaning-and-purpose-to-your-life/

 

Last updated: 18 Jan 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 18 Jan 2018
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