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The Life Purpose Lab is a service-oriented research unit

In research, we study how some people are able to find great purpose in their lives. From this, we have developed a general model of finding life purpose.

In service, we teach people how to find purpose in their own lives.

Posttest measures find that our training programs significantly increase participants' sense of purpose as well as general well-being.

Finding Purpose in Your Life Class

(1 Credit Class)
Tuesdays, 2:00-3:15  Univ 3820-019  Chicocki
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45 Univ 3820-020 Peterson
Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 Univ 3995-002 (Honors) Wright
Thursdays, 2:00-3:15 Univ 3820 Pagano

Enrollment period is closed.


Discover Your Purpose in Life

Saturday February 24 and March 2, 1:00-5:00 pm


Discover Purpose in Your Career

Saturday March 30, 1:00-5:30pm

3 Training Programs

Once we realized "how" people find purpose, we turned to how we can use this information to help people find purpose in their own lives. This not only gives us a sense of purpose, but it also provides a strong test of our model. Does it really work? We piloted numerous ways of taking people through the possibility management model, and we've settled upon three training programs with different focuses, depending on the need of the participants.

Discover Purpose In Your...


In this 1.5-hour presentation, participants learn a simple, powerful strategy for living each day with more purpose.

They connect with other participants on what each finds purposeful.

Ideal for building community and mission in existing groups.


In this 5-hour workshop, participants plan out several possible careers that would engage their mind and heart.

They learn how to create these possibilities and well as test them in their lives.

This seminar is ideal for people who are struggling with their careers.


In this 8-hour workshop, participants plan out their life based on what is most purposeful and meaningful to them.

They explore these issues through personal reflection, reflective writing, and small group discussion.

Ideal for people who truly want purpose in their lives.