• A venue for reflecting on deep life questions
• A means of building and cultivating social and community connections
• A way to help others, through assisting them in finding clearer answers to life’s big questions
Thus, participating in such discussion groups offers the trifecta of all elements that research shows combine to help people gain a sense of meaning and purpose in life – reflecting on meaning and purpose, acquiring stronger community and social bonds, and helping others. During these discussions, it is especially beneficial to write down how the helpful thoughts expressed by others informed and changed your thinking. Research shows that writing these down helps you remember and understand them better, while also minimizing distracting and unhelpful thoughts about unfulfilled plans.
Do you think you might benefit from engaging in more opportunities to reflect on purpose, meaning, values, and morals together with others in your community and social circle? If so, what specific and concrete steps can you take to achieve this outcome? Can you find a group in your locale that gets you what you want?
Well, what if you don’t happen to have such a group in your locale? Why not take the initiative to organize one? To help you out, Intentional Insights offers a “Values and Meanings” group starter package. This package includes two blog posts describing a typical “Values and Meanings” session, a facilitator’s guide, a feedback sheet, and participant handouts for eight events. Drop us a line at [email protected] and we can connect you to current participants in “Values and Meanings” who can give you tips on setting up such a group in your own locale.
Look forward to hearing from you about your experience!
P.S. For additional resources on a science-based approach to finding meaning and purpose, check out this free workbook endorsed by Dr. Richard Carrier, Dr. Bob Bhaerman, and other scholars and secular activists; use this free science-based web app to evaluate your current sense of meaning and purpose; and also consider the wide variety of others resources on meaning and purpose available at Intentional Insights. –