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About the Course

Welcome to Finding Purpose and Meaning in Life: Living for What Matters Most! In this course, you’ll learn how science, philosophy and practice all play a role in both finding your purpose and living a purposeful life. You will hear from historical figures and individuals about their journeys to finding and living a purposeful life, and will walk through different exercises to help you find out what matters most to you so you can live a purposeful life. As an added benefit, you will also have complimentary access, for a period of time, to the Purposeful App. This groundbreaking mobile and desktop app is designed to help you build a purposeful rhythm into each day, so you can bring your best self to what matters most. Look for more information in Week 1 of the course! By the end of this course, you will: 1. Understand that having a strong purpose in life is an essential element of human well-being. 2. Know how self-transcending purpose positively affects well-being. 3. Be able to create a purpose for your life (don't be intimidated, this is different from creating "the purpose" for your life). 4. Apply personal approaches and skills to self-change and become and stay connected to your purpose every day. We are thrilled that you are here! We look forward to hearing and learning from you throughout this course!...

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Jun 23, 2021

I abolutely loved this. It has helped me tremendously in my understanding of self and setting a personal transcending purpose. And Vic, thank you for sharing your story. It made me tear up at the end.


Jun 6, 2020

Short and precise course to get some perspective on finding focus on things that really matter. Vic is an excellent professor who just connects so well with the students even from the computer screen.

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By Foivi-Vasiliki C

Feb 14, 2021

I fully recommend it. It’s a very interesting and different course. It helps and guides you to find your own purpose in life. Vic Strecher is the best instructor. I really loved his stories, videos and all the quotes of famous philosophers that he mentioned in this course. Don’t hesitate to take it. It will make you think differently of what really matters most.

By Satish S

May 22, 2021

Very nice course. Sound mind sound body, long-held proverb. Children should be clarified on these so that they are not distracted from their purpose. I also suggest that the Positive Psychology course by Martin Seligman is also recommended as part of additional reading. It is available in coursera. Children even if brainwashed, will stand unchanged then.

By Margaret H

Jan 5, 2021

It was very useful and light course with an exceptionally interesting and smart professor Dr. Victor Stretcher. I learned a lot in this course and I recommend it to everyone who is after knowing the tools to help in making or sustaining their life purpose. I actually would like to recommend it to everyone. It is very useful and the material is insightful.

By Sierra T

Apr 28, 2021

This is a life changing course and I'm so glad I decided to take it! Although short and simple in task, the course provides the perfect amount of information and structure to help you understand why knowing, defining and practicing purpose is essential in living a "big life." The instructor was great and I will definitely be revisiting this course again.


Dec 27, 2020

Before taking this course I had trouble understanding what life purpose even means. Now, upon completing it, I can understand why purpose is importand, what having a purpose in life really means, and most importantly how I can create it for myself, by myself. Great course. Prompting everyone to enroll in this. It really is going to change your life.

By Alfredo J D

Jun 30, 2020

This course has giving me another perspective of life. The right Purpose helps the individual to defines its own path, but more important is that such Purpose leads to find meaning to life and therefore peace of mind. From that moment on you can say "I do exist, I know how much I value, I'm ready to live life and share to others with meaning.

By Maia J

Dec 10, 2020

Delightful course! You can tell right off the bat that the professor really cares about the subject matter in a profound level and it encourages you to learn what they have to share about this course. The course also allows you to evaluate your life and give you the tools one might need if they need to figure out their purpose in this life.

By Maya G

May 21, 2020

If you are looking where to head your life try to make things to have a bit of sense this is a course I highly recomend which is given by someone who you see his realness and willingness. I would really like to thank Prof. Vic Strecher for this greatly told and prepared course. It was told so beautifly that I finished the course in a week.

By Ann M T M

Jan 19, 2021

It was a great class. I read his book. I read Viktor Frankel's book -Man's Search for Meaning. Vic Strecher leads you down the path of the why and how of finding your purpose in life, and supports his work with thought provoking readings and studies. Thank you, Professor Strecher, for finding your purpose to help others find theirs.

By Charlene G A M

Oct 29, 2020

This course is super helpful. Those going through quarter life of midlife crisis, those with mental health issues will greatly benefit from this course. This is very relevant to all occupations, all gender, all ages. Get to know yourself better with this course. You'll learn a lot, understand yourself and life itself better. Take This!!

By Thuan N

Oct 24, 2021

This course is real essential for anyone who want to look for purpose and meaning in life, which I believe every one should join. One of the biggest lesson I learnt in this course is answer this question "What if you die tomorrow, would you do what you are doing today?". Thank you for a great course and do hope everyone the same.

By Amy

Sep 14, 2021

hello all,

Dr sketcher has very beautifully put all aspects of purpose which i came across for the first time,The way so easily he put the "do goals"to accomplish " be goals "by putting in the Action for the same we all knew but how comfortably its workable that i came know throw this course only.

Thank you Dr.Sketcher And


By Jordan T

Dec 9, 2020

I really enjoyed this course and appreciated the sense of grounding it has offered during what has been a very chaotic 2020 year. Thank you for breaking down the structure to create purpose as a guiding compass for one’s life. This is directing my actions for the next few years until I am ready to reassess and repurpose.

By Diana S F

May 28, 2020

This course was both didactic and highly inspirational. It helped me identify my purpose and act on it, taking small steps each day. I am happy to have completed it and I will come back, for sure, to go over some of the lessons again. This will remind me of my current purpose and will help me reframe it when time comes.

By Warren W

Oct 2, 2022

From the course,step by stepI find I should live in the matters most,not too diverse but foucus on life's purpose and meaning,. Therefore how to be abundance and fulfilling, I'm still exploring and trying, maybe I can make it different by my own way. I go forward to my love and my passion. Thank you so much,professor!

By Deleted A

Apr 2, 2022


The course has been very informative and fairly interesting with graphics, smart examples, references to personal experiences, engaging and highly relevant to me.

Thanks Michigan University for giving me a peek into the wonder that has come from your Institute. I deem your College very high in my understanding, now.

By Melisa Z

May 26, 2020

A great course to have a better understanding ourselves and life. It could be about your family, about your school, about your job, you will find something for you in this course. Every video was like a meditation. I really enjoyed all of the parts. Thanks for Prof. Vic Strecher, I am sure that he is a great man!

By Ambruce K A

Feb 23, 2023

Finding Purpose and Meaning in Life: Living for What Matters Most is a course that should be taught in all our high schools and colleges. It will help shape the lives of the younger generation. This course has broadened my knowledge about resilience, and how to stay focused in life even after facing adversity.

By Utkarsh S

Apr 2, 2021

I personally think that this course should be mandatory for each individual taking any course in any field so that they can have a sense of clarity what they are doing and why they are doing so. One can develop a sense of purpose after taking this course and can lead a better and purposeful life.

By Abegale E

Sep 19, 2020

What I liked most about the course was that the discussion was simplified into digestible chunks. There was a balance of empirical discussions, practical examples and self-reflection to better learn the topic. I will bring what I learned from this course throughout my life, definitely. Thank you!

By Hashif M

Jun 16, 2020

Mr. Vic Strecher is a wonderful human being and an inspirational teacher. I was lucky to enroll to this course and benefit from the knowledge, skills and wisdom that was shared. I'm going to live a life of purpose and would encourage others to do so to make this world happier, peaceful and safe.

By Christine

Dec 20, 2020

I loved this course. The content, the teacher, and every single lesson were interesting and worth every single minute of my time. This course opened up my eyes to what it means to find meaning in life. Thank you truly for offering this course, and thank you professor for you time too!

By Baidwattie I

Oct 14, 2020

i was lost and was trying to figure out the reason for life. Why are we here? Then I came across this course without even searching for it. I felt it was meant for me and now I completed the course. I must say I now have a better sense of direction and purpose in my life. Thank you.

By Monica M

Aug 11, 2022

Professor Strecher is very passionate in his teaching and I am deeply touched by the message he wants to deliver to us all, in midst of all these chaos in the world now.

Take care Professor Strecher, thank you so much for teaching all of us like how you want Julia to be taught.

By Sandu F

Dec 22, 2021

This course opens up new perspectives on how each individual can find solutions to take on his or her own life. A theoretical approach with elements of applied philosophy that I recommend to anyone with philosophical sensitivity and oriented towards living a successful life.