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 crisis

Existential Crisis: How to Cope With Meaninglessness

Recent statistics suggest that over a quarter of UK nationals feel a deep sense of meaninglessness (Dinic, 2021). In the wake of multiple global economic, [...]

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

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

It’s not always easy to align our actions with our values. And yet, by identifying and exploring what we find meaningful, we can learn to [...]

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

32 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 often associated with the prefecture 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 [...]

3 Meaning Exercises Pack (PDF)