Health Tip: Find Purpose in Life
Article by Jason Hamblin (2014)
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By | 2019-04-30T23:26:06+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Flourishing, Purpose, Research|

What is the Science? According to a study out of the University of Washington, living with purpose may positively affect both mental and physical health. In their study, researchers paired people 55 years and older with kindergarten students in need of academic assistance. After some time, researchers not only measured improved morale and [...]

How to Be Successful and Still Compassionate
Article by Kira M Newman, Book by Christopher L. Kukk (2017)
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By | 2019-04-30T23:30:09+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Flourishing, Purpose, Research|

What is the Science? Can compassion lead to success in the workplace? Research into compassion, purpose, and work seem to offer a resounding, “yes.” For example, workers who receive compassion from their bosses and colleagues are more likely to improve work relationships, increase cooperation, and offer better customer relations. Other research suggests that [...]

Doing Something Creative Can Boost Your Well-Being
Article by Jill Suttie (2017)
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By | 2017-08-01T04:39:15+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Flourishing, Purpose, Research|

What is the Science? In popular culture, creativity is often associated with madness. However, recent research suggests that creativity is much more strongly associated with well-being. One recent study pursued this correlation even further to see if creativity might be causing well-being or if well-being causes creativity. After studying 650 young adults, researchers [...]

The Four Keys to Well-Being
Article by Richard J. Davidson (2016)
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By | 2019-04-30T23:34:15+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Flourishing, Giving, Purpose, Research|

What is the Science? “Well-being is a skill.” Such is the conclusion of neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson. Davidson’s claim is based on his scientific research into the plasticity of certain neural circuits associated with well-being. According to the research, by practicing the following four “skills,” neural circuits can be strengthened, providing “enduring change [...]

Can Helping Others Help You Find Meaning in Life?
Elizabeth Hopper (2016)
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By | 2017-01-15T15:32:52+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Purpose, Research|

What is the Science? In recent years, an increasing amount of research has been done into the science of the meaningful life. It turns out that building strong relationships and helping others are positively correlated with a more meaningful life. Recent studies have found that those who have strong social connections often have [...]

The Meaningful Life Is a Road Worth Traveling
Article by Clifton B. Parker
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By | 2016-12-17T13:57:29+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Purpose, Research|

Research suggests that meaningfulness and happiness are distinctly different pursuits. While they are not mutually exclusive, they often arise out of contrasting desires. The good news is that the five keys to meaningfulness identified in this research often arise out of values that are in line with following Jesus: giving to others; forming deep relationships; [...]

Why Happiness is the Wrong Pursuit
Article by Christine Carter
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By | 2016-12-20T05:47:35+00:00 May 20th, 2016|Purpose, Research|

Everybody wants to be happy. Many consider happiness the goal of life. Yet, our Christian faith calls us to something different: finding meaning in the gospel, regardless of the cost. Research suggests that pursuing meaning in life is often accompanied by happiness. Pastors have an opportunity to use sermons to invite parishioners to pursue meaning [...]

How Can We Encourage a Sense of Purpose and Meaning Early in Life?
Article by William Damon
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By | 2017-07-26T22:04:08+00:00 May 20th, 2016|Purpose, Research|

We all want our young people to have purpose in life--a “spark” that ignites their spirit, a hunger for something beyond themselves. Current research has shown the importance of developing purpose (or “sparks”) in adolescents and offers us guidelines for the types of experiences adolescents need to explore purpose in their lives. Congregations have [...]