Volume 6, Article 15

Manifesting Meaning in Life: An Acceptability and Feasibility Trial of a 6-Week Meaning Workshop
Maeve B. O’Donnell, Jessica L. Morse, and Michael F. Steger.

Citation: O’Donnell, M. B., Morse, J. L., & Steger, M. F. (2022). Manifesting Meaning in Life: An Acceptability and Feasibility Trial of a 6-Week Meaning Workshop. European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, 6, 15, 1-7. https://www.nationalwellbeingservice.org/volumes/volume-6-2022/volume-6-article-15/

Processing dates: Submitted 14 June 2022; Resubmitted 11 August 2022; Accepted 9 September 2022; Published 24 December 2022

Volume 6, Article 15


Background: Meaning in life is a cornerstone of psychological well-being, yet there are few psychosocial interventions that target exploration and cultivation of meaning in life. The objective of the current study was to assess the feasibility and acceptability of a theory based meaning in life group intervention, Manifesting Meaning Workshop, in a small sample of university students.

Methods: Participants provided qualitative feedback about their experience post-intervention and completed self-report measures of psychological wellbeing (meaning and satisfaction with life) and physical health at baseline and post intervention.

Results: Results of the pilot trial support the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention, and exploratory analyses suggest the intervention.

Conclusion: Exploratory analyses suggest the intervention may promote improvements inmeaning, well-being, and health.

Key words: meaning in life, intervention, wellbeing, positive psychology, college/university students, satisfaction with life


Maeve B. O’Donnell, PhD 1920 Terry Avenue, M/S Cure 4, Seattle WA 98101, USA.
Email: Maeve.odonnell@seattlechildrens.org

Jessica L. Morse, PhD 3350 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego, CA 92161, USA. Email: Jmorse@health.ucsd.edu

Michael F. Steger, PhD 1876 Campus Delivery Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 80523-1876, USA.
Email: Michael.f.steger@colostate.edu