Finding Purpose & Meaning In Life: Living for What Matters Most–A Free Online Course from the University of Michigan

From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan comes a course for our dis­ori­ent­ing times–Find­ing Pur­pose and Mean­ing In Life: Liv­ing for What Mat­ters Most. Taught by Vic Strech­er, a pro­fes­sor in the Schools of Pub­lic Health and Med­i­cine, the course promis­es stu­dents this:

In this course, you’ll learn how sci­ence, phi­los­o­phy and prac­tice all play a role in both find­ing your pur­pose and liv­ing a pur­pose­ful life. You will hear from his­tor­i­cal fig­ures and indi­vid­u­als about their jour­neys to find­ing and liv­ing a pur­pose­ful life, and will walk through dif­fer­ent exer­cis­es to help you find out what mat­ters most to you so you can live a pur­pose­ful life.

By the end of the course, stu­dents will:

1. Under­stand that hav­ing a strong pur­pose in life is an essen­tial ele­ment of human well-being.
2. Know how self-tran­scend­ing pur­pose pos­i­tive­ly affects well-being.
3. Be able to cre­ate a pur­pose for your life (don’t be intim­i­dat­ed, this is dif­fer­ent from cre­at­ing “the pur­pose” for your life).
4. Apply per­son­al approach­es and skills to self-change and become and stay con­nect­ed to your pur­pose every day.

To take the course for free, selec­tion the Audit Only option avail­able upon reg­is­tra­tion.

Find­ing Pur­pose and Mean­ing In Life: Liv­ing for What Mat­ters Most will be added to our list: 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

Any­one inter­est­ed can watch Vic Strecher’s TED Talk here.

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