Optentia invites you to learn about building meaning in life

Anjonet Jordaan -- Fri, 09/04/2015 - 15:13

Optentia invites you to learn about building meaning in life

The Optentia Research Focus Area on North-West University’s (NWU's) Vaal Triangle Campus strives to discover what makes people and organisations reach their optimal potential. On 29 September Optentia will host a workshop, Building Meaning in Life, presented by one of the focus area’s esteemed extraordinary professors, Prof Michael Steger from Colorado State University, USA.


Prof Michael Steger from Colorado State University and Extraordinary Professor at Optentia Research Focus Area

Professor Steger is an Assistant Professor in Counselling Psychology and Applied Social Psychology programmes. His graduate work on developing a measure of meaning in life earned him the Best Dissertation Award from the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies. His research focus is one the foundations and benefits of living a meaningful life. He has also published research on factors related to achieving well-being, how people adjust to traumatic life events, and social influences on depression.


What this workshop is about

Meaning-making is a process that occurs continually throughout our days and throughout our lives. Ideally, this on-going meaning-making helps people develop the sense that their lives are meaningful.

This workshop will share insights from nearly 15 years of research on meaning in life, including both key research findings and a set of activities and exercises you can use to take control of your own meaning-making and build a meaningful life.

In this session you will explore your strengths and values, your own experience with meaning in your life, and your personal mission statement. You will also be introduced to a variety of activities that can be used every day to bolster and deepen meaning in life.


To book your seat

The workshop will take place on 29 September 2015, from 9:00 – 16:00 at the Optentia Indaba Room, Building 7 on North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus (Vanderbijlpark).

  • Cost: R250 p/p
  • RSVP by 26 September
  • Contact Marinda Malan to book your seat: marinda.malan@nwu.ac.za / 016 910 3515

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*To learn more about the research done by the Optentia Research Focus Area, visit their website.