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Approx. 7 hours to complete
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What you will learn

  • Understand that having a strong purpose in life is an essential element of human well-being

  • Know how self-transcending purpose positively affects well-being

  • Create a purpose for your life

  • Apply personal approaches and skills to self-change and become and stay connected to your purpose every day

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Beginner Level
Approx. 7 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

What is a Purpose in Life?

2 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 73 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
14 videos
Who Is This Course For?8m
Course Overview3m
Welcome to Week 14m
A Story: Nietzsche's Walking Stick2m
Who Am I?2m
What Do I Value?3m
7 Questions Exercise Introduction3m
How do you want to be remembered?6m
The Headstone Test Exercise Introduction1m
Purpose: A central, self-organizing life aim11m
The 2500 year old MRI1m
More than "Grazing Animals"12m
Loving-Kindness Meditation Practice3m
4 readings
Access to Purposeful by Kumanu2m
Course Syllabus2m
Help us learn more about you!10m
Week 1 Related Readings (Optional)
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz22m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

How Purpose Organizes our Lives

2 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 70 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
10 videos
A Story: 2001 A Space Odyssey2m
Learning about Purpose from Camus, Sartre, and Nietzsche5m
A Story: Albert Camus2m
What kind of cook are you?8m
The Curious Camel7m
A Story: Obuntu3m
Purposeful: Be, Do, and Action Goals7m
Let's meet a few purposeful people17m
Identifying your Be, Do, and Action Goals6m
1 reading
Week 2 Related Readings (Optional)
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz20m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

How Purpose Changes our Lives

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 56 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
What is post-traumatic growth? What role does it play in living a purposeful life?9m
Why Purpose Works: Behavioral Pathway8m
The Cookie Study7m
Looking Ahead7m
Why Purpose Works: Biological Pathway8m
1 reading
Week 3 Related Readings (Optional)
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz20m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

How Purposes Work in Real Life

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 53 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Living with Purpose as a Student, with Jim Loehr13m
How Purpose Works: Work & Workplaces10m
How Purpose Works: Aging & Retirement7m
How Purpose Works: Family & Community9m
Vic's Story2m
3 readings
Directions for Discussion Prompts1m
Week 4 Related Readings (Optional)
Course Feedback10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz16m

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