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University of Michigan

Finding Purpose and Meaning In Life: Living for What Matters Most

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Welcome to Finding Purpose and Meaning in Life: Living for What Matters Most! 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. As an added benefit, you will also have complimentary access, for a period of time, to the Purposeful App. This groundbreaking mobile and desktop app is designed to help you build a purposeful rhythm into each day, so you can bring your best self to what matters most. Look for more information in Week 1 of the course! By the end of this course, you 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. We are thrilled that you are here! We look forward to hearing and learning from you throughout this course!


  • What is a Purpose in Life?
  • How Purpose Organizes our Lives
  • How Purpose Changes our Lives
  • How Purposes Work in Real Life

Taught by

Vic Strecher


5.0 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at Coursera based on 2362 ratings

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  • This is such a heartfelt course that draws from Dr. Strecher's experiences, expertise and personal learning & soul-searching. This is not your generic self-help course. The research examples are also insightful and show that we are only beginning to understand certain age-old practices and their true benefits to both the quality and length of our lives. This is highly recommended for everyone regardless of the stage or status in life. Those who consider themselves to have purposeful lives can find reinforcement here, while those who feel "lost" may find some sort of an existential guide in the material.
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    Alexandra-Diana Nicolau
    Great course! I really loved it and it really helped me find my big picture purpose in my life. Great information and good research. I really recommend it.
  • This course is great for helping you figure out what is really important to you and how you can improve your quality of life. The instructor is so forthcoming with his own personal story and the loss of his daughter and how that propelled him to sh…
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    Margaret Mounir
    It was very useful and light course with an exceptionally interesting and smart professor Dr. Victor Stretcher. I learned a lot in this course and I recommend it to everyone who is after knowing the tools to help in making or sustaining their life purpose. I actually would like to recommend it to everyone. It is very useful and the material is insightful.
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    I loved the course and made my purpose statement but I find it hard to live by it unfortunately. This was one of my first online courses and I loved the idea of such courses so much that I am still taking personal development courses.

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