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Nathanael Garrett Novosel, August 19 2020

Understanding What Drives Your Sense of Fulfillment in Life

As you may know, there is both an online version and a printable version (both free) of the Meaning Assessment that is found in The Meaning of Life: A guide to finding your life's purpose.  The assessments are meant to give you a pre-book baseline so that you can take it again afterwards and check for post-book improvement in your grasp of the eight concepts and how you use them to find meaning in your life.  Due to the fact that understanding what an assessment tests for will influence your answers, you should take it before reading the below post to prevent bias in your results.

So, now that you've looked at it (and hopefully taken it), how does it assess your meaning in life?  Well, there are 13 statements total testing (on a Likert scale) different parts of your life that directly determine whether you find your life to have meaning and purpose:

So that's how the assessment tests the key indicators of whether you will find life meaningful.  If you have clearly defined growth areas, success criteria, and experiences, you'll have a roadmap.  But you'll need the drive and faith to keep going, and your emotions will tell you how you're reacting to what's going on so you can adjust.  Your ethics and support will help you cooperate with others for greater growth and meaning, and your deliberate choices will determine your destiny.  Those eight areas determine your sense of meaning and fulfillment in life, and you can see their impact based on whether you feel like you have purpose, you're making progress, and you're optimistic about the future.  If you're lacking in any of the eight components, you'll likely see a hit to other areas as well as your overall outlook.

Take the test as often as you'd like.  It's the best way to determine whether you're on the right track.  Your goals might change, your belief might falter, you might want new things...It can all change at any time, which is why it's so important to monitor these areas and do some life maintenance where necessary.  Keep yourself moving toward your next growth opportunity or life goal, and you'll rarely be lacking in motivation to live life to the fullest.

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