Meaning & Values

Here you will find articles about meaning and values as well as important research findings and useful and interesting insights on what makes life most worth living.

Existential Therapy

9 Powerful Existential Therapy Techniques for Your Sessions

While not easily defined, existential therapy builds on ideas taken from philosophy, helping clients to understand and clarify the life they would like to lead [...]

Values Worksheets

25 Values Worksheets to Enrich Clients’ Lives (+ Inventory)

Do you remember that moment when you finally gained clarity around your key values? I do. I remember feeling like everything finally made sense: why [...]

Ikigai Worksheets

6 Worksheets & Templates to Find Your Ikigai

What was your reason for getting up this morning? Often, we pass through life unclear of the meaning, motivation, or values behind what we do [...]

Finding your Ikigai

Finding Your Ikigai: 8 Questionnaires and Tests

The Japanese art of kintsugi involves repairing broken pottery with gold leaf to produce something more valuable and beautiful than the original. Imperfections form part of [...]

Ikigai Quotes

35 Ikigai Quotes That Will Inspire You and Make You Reflect

‘Ikigai’ (ee-key-guy) is a small word with a profound meaning. Translated from Japanese, ‘ikigai’ means reason to live. It is primarily associated with the town of [...]

Best Ikigai Books

5 Best Ikigai Books to Live a Meaningful Life [+ Summaries]

Ikigai is as much a way of life as an idea. While the Japanese approach to finding and living in a meaningful way is ultimately a [...]

Optimistic Explanatory Style

Optimistic Explanatory Style: 5 Examples of How to Foster It

Oh dear… you were late for work, again. Or maybe you spotted a typo in your presentation? Did you not make it to the grocery [...]


The Philosophy of Ikigai: 3 Examples About Finding Purpose

Ikigai (ee-key-guy) is a Japanese concept that combines the terms iki, meaning “alive” or “life,” and gai, meaning “benefit” or “worth.” When combined, these terms [...]

Purpose of Life

15 Ways to Find Your Purpose of Life & Realize Your Meaning

Reading my philosophy thesis was like receiving an email from my 25-year-old self. “You don’t find meaning; you create it,” was my answer to the [...]

Logotherapy: Viktor Frankl’s Theory of Meaning

As the sun cascades behind the distant mountains, it creates a beautiful array of orange, peach, and pink. When we bask in the glory of [...]

3 Meaning Exercises Pack (PDF)