WHAT MAKES IT WORTH IT TO KEEP GOING WHEN IT’S NOT EASY?
Values are not just goals. Values are about what kind of person we want to be.
Many behavior therapies have found that value-consistent behavior is essential to protect against the negative effects of adverse events and negative emotions/thoughts. When Project Meaning started, very few studies existed that could tell us about the best methods for helping people to find meaning.
Project Meaning seeks to find out, in scientific terms, the best methods for helping people to figure out what their values are, which ones are most important, and to help them engage in value-consistent behavior across a range of settings.
Project Meaning was founded in February 2021 as a way to catalogue our research on the best methods for helping people to find meaning and purpose in their lives. Project updates will be added here in the coming months.
Our Meaningful Projects
Making students’ educational goals feel more meaningful
We tested the effects of three value clarification exercises on how meaningful students perceived their educational goals to be over time. Students who completed a values sorting task followed by a short writing task reported that their educational goals were more meaningful compared to before the exercise.