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The Science of Mattering: Why Feeling Significant Is So Significant

Think about the first time you realized you mattered. What happened? How did you feel? Chances are your moment of mattering impacted and moved you. Most likely, you felt important because of what someone else said or did. Feeling significant is a basic human desire and a critical factor for mental, emotional, and physical well-being in life, school, and […]

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Finding Purpose in a Pandemic

I was in the parking lot at my kids’ daycare when I got the notification. I looked down at my phone, and nausea returned. The first word of the e-mail subject line read, “Canceled.” It was the latest in a string of messages that obliterated my false sense of stability, security, and purpose. A big […]

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Everyday Purpose: How to Find Meaning in the Mundane

If most of your day is spent doing mundane tasks, you’re not alone. And there’s hope, studies show we can actually learn how to find meaning in the everyday. Surveys find that almost 60 percent of the average person’s day is spent on routine details like paperwork, e-mail, informal conversations, or planning and being in […]

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