Being Purposeful: Applying Yourself to What Matters Most with Vic Strecher


Original Air Date Wednesday, March 25, 2020 

Purpose is creating a goal or a set of goals around what means most to you in your life. Research suggests that people who live a purposeful life live longer and those with a strong purpose are 2.4 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. But, if you find yourself aimlessly going through the motions of work and home life, all is not lost. Finding what you are good at can lead you to your purpose which is a powerful predictor of your future well-being, your physical health, and even love. With the intention of discovering what science says about the role of purpose in life Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen attended the Michigan Ross Positive Business Conference to speak with Dr. Vic Strecher, the Director of Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Dr. Strecher researches how living a purposeful life affects all aspects of the human experience. During this conversation, he shares examples of his research, his thoughts on volunteering, books, and authors that have influenced him, and how organizations can create a purpose that employees can adopt as their own.

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Dr. Vic Strecher — The Benefits of Being Purposeful:

● Dr. Strecher explains why people who live with purpose or are more purposeful live longer. [2:11]

● Is it impossible to be sustainably happy hedonically? [8:40]

● Dr. Strecher describes what it is like to ignite purpose in others. [15:52]

● Bringing love into the lives of college students and young people can reduce suicidal thoughts and help them flourish. [22:29]

● Considering your death can lead to living your best life every day. [29:56]

● How do you build more purpose-driven organizations? [35:29]

● Attaining work/life purpose through SPACE. [41:35]

● How volunteering during a gap year can add purpose to your life. [47:02]

Dr. Vic Strecher has been a Professor in the UM School of Public Health since 1995. He founded the Center for Health Communications Research. Currently, as Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, Dr. Strecher is helping the University of Michigan disseminate research to the real world, improving the public’s health nationally and globally.

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