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Playshop 7: Meaning

There’s a third form of happiness that is ineluctably pursued by humans, and that’s the pursuit of meaning . . . knowing what your highest strengths are and deploying them in the service of something larger than you are — Martin E. P. Seligman

Essential Questions:
What am I grateful for?
What are my strengths that I can use to find engagement and meaning in life?
How can I make a contribution to the pursuit of peace, prosperity for all, and/or sustainability?

Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” may be the most beloved poem ever. Why? Ponder this question as you listen to the poet reading this poem.

Frost expresses gratitude for the decision he made. Daniel Pink explains in his description of the “sixth sense” of meaning that “feelings of gratitude enhance well-being and deepen one’s sense of meaning.” Louis Schwartzberg shares his ethereal time-lapse images and the words of Brother David Steindt-Rast in a meditation on gratitude.

In the epigram, Seligman calls the pursuit of meaning the “third form of happiness.” So what are the other two? Watch his TED Talk to find out.

Interestingly, we began our exploration of creativity with the creative sense of play and learned that engagement or flow is the goal in play. At this point in our journey, we layer on the sense of meaning. It’s time to reflect on what we’ve learned about our creativity, how we might use it in pursuit of meaning for our lives, and making a contribution to better those lives of others.


Seligman’s Authentic Happiness site
Includes the inventory he mentions in the video.

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