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Having a sense of purpose is good for our health
Certain experiences can help us find our purpose
They include traveling abroad, spending time in nature, working for social change, and developing a contemplative practice.
Cultivating awe might be another way to sharpen our sense of purpose
Awe connects us to something larger than ourselves, often in the presence of beautiful art, a vast landscape, or a perspective-shifting idea.
Purpose particularly matters at work
Employees with a sense of purpose at work have higher well-being, and companies with a clear sense of purpose are more likely to have strong financial performance.
Purpose can mean many things
Having a sense of meaning or purpose is not always the same as being happy.
For more on the science of purpose, visit the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.