Research Identifies the Main Drivers of Humans’ Sense of Purpose
New Book from Nathanael Garrett Novosel Dispels Common Myths about How People Find Meaning and Fulfillment
January 1, 2020
Annapolis, MD – For years, researchers have debated the main drivers of humans finding meaning and purpose in their existence. The most recent trend in psychology has been studying what makes people happy, a field known as positive psychology. However, an analysis of hundreds of studies suggests that happiness is an indicator of success, not necessarily the ultimate goal in life. Instead, people who pursue growth opportunities will feel greater long-term fulfillment than their pleasure-seeking counterparts.
“There are a number of fallacies regarding meaning,” says Nathanael Garrett Novosel, Author of the new philosophy/psychology book, The Meaning of Life. “One fallacy is that happiness is point of life. Another is that the most fulfilled people dedicate their lives to serving others at great personal sacrifice. People do find meaning in helping others and contributing to a greater cause. However, excessive self-sacrifice often has the opposite effect of fostering resentment because the growth in those examples becomes a zero-sum game. An environment where everyone is growing and helping each other grow is much more conducive to long-term fulfillment.”
The new book identifies eight core concepts that people must master to derive more meaning in their lives and details significant findings regarding each one:
The Meaning of Life: A guide to finding your life’s purpose launched today and is on sale now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple Books among other online and brick-and-mortar book retailers.
About Nathanael Garrett Novosel
Nathanael Garrett Novosel is a professional researcher and advisor with over 20 years of experience studying individual and group behavior. Over that time, he has researched psychology, evolutionary biology, organizational best practices, leadership decision making, business, technology, finance, and philosophy to understand how humans can improve their personal effectiveness.
Nathanael spent much of his career using the insights from this research to help the world’s leading executives solve their most pressing organizational challenges. Upon identifying that several common drivers of success applied to all areas of life, he decided to publish a book to advise people on how they could get a greater sense of meaning in their lives.
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