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The three meanings of meaning in life: Distinguishing coherence, purpose, and significance

Despite growing interest in meaning in life, many have voiced their concern over the conceptual refinement of the construct itself. Researchers seem to have two main ways to understand what meaning in life means: coherence and purpose, with a third way, significance, gaining increasing attention....

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The mind's eye: A photographic method for understanding meaning in people's lives

Although research relying on self-report inventories has built an increased appreciation of the importance of meaning in life such research has strayed somewhat from the original promise of meaning in life research which was to shed light on the individual experience of meaning....

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The unbearable lightness of meaning: Well-being and unstable meaning in life

Psychological theories prioritize developing enduring sources of meaning in life. As such unstable meaning should be detrimental to well-being. Two daily experience sampling studies were conducted to test this hypothesis....

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Thanks? Gratitude and well-being over the Thanksgiving holiday among college students

This study examined the interaction of the Thanksgiving holiday with gratitude in relation to well-being using a three-week long daily diary design with a sample of 172 undergraduate students....

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Meaning in life across the life span: Levels and correlates of meaning in life from emerging adulthood to older adulthood.

Meaning in life is thought to be important to well-being throughout the human life span. We assessed the structure levels and correlates of the presence of meaning in life and the search for meaning within four life stage groups: emerging adulthood young adulthood middle-age adulthood and older adulthood....

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