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The Miracle of Shared Empathy

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreau While waiting to board a recent flight with my two-year-old I stumbled on a travel-weary parent’s dream at the Dallas airport: an indoor play area. As I shrugged the diaper bag off my […]

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What 70 Bus Drivers Taught Me About Meaning

“It’ll be a tough crowd,” one of the lead trainers warned before I spoke to over 70 school bus drivers and mechanics. “Most of them are only here for the paycheck – they won’t want to talk about this ‘purpose’ stuff,” another added. “It’s tough to get them motivated.” After my talk, the supervisors’ prophecies […]

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How to Learn a Purposeful Mindset

To find out how, look no further than a high school classroom. A few years ago psychologist David Yeager and his colleagues wanted to find out if purpose could improve academic performance. The researchers defined purpose as a reason that benefits others. Yeager called this type of purpose a self-transcendent purpose. And research finds a […]

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