"In the end, the 'good life' that we are all searching for is not about the search for happiness,
it's about the search for MEANING."--Dr. Alex Pattakos
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The Global Meaning Institute has been profiled in various media outlets around the world.
Here is a small sample of recent articles and media appearances:
Tips to create a new, more meaningful life at midlife and beyond.
Discover the importance of finding meaning in learning and how to do it, the lessons we can learn from the world-renowned psychiatrist and existential philosopher, Dr. Viktor Frankl, and what we can take from the Greeks, their philosophy, mythology, and culture, to live a more meaningful life.
Government employees can often find themselves frustrated by the political whims of their leaders and feel dissatisfied or disconnected from their work. Leaders must underscore the nobility of government service and help staff find the deeper meaning in their work to keep the workforce engaged and innovative. Public service is a noble calling. It's time to connect with that larger purpose.
Here Dr. Pattakos describes his relationship with Viktor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy. He suggests that the primary driver of human psychology is neither the will to pleasure nor the will to power, but rather the quest for meaning in life. Such meaning, he claims, can be found everywhere. However, when people do not grasp this meaning, they often become alienated from life itself.
The domain of work is an important focus for understanding the key dynamics and themes of the human quest for meaning. Indeed, work, which is something that few people are able to avoid over the course of their lives, offers both a laboratory for advancing the study of meaning and an important source of meaning in everyday life.
In chasing "the good life," many of us sacrifice our relationships, our health, and our sanity, but at the end of the day, we still find ourselves with lives and work that bring us little fulfillment. That’s because the good life is not about the pursuit of happiness, as happiness is superficial and fleeting. It’s about meaning, and about knowing that our lives and work matter.
The Greek experience provides many lessons for civil servants in other countries, including the United States. Strengthening the public service workforce comes down to the same leadership challenge: leading with and to the Core of Meaning.
If nation-states around the world really expect to manage the public’s business effectively, efficiently, and equitably, then something is going to have to change in the way government service is perceived and treated. The spirit of public administration demands public servants who are driven by the search for meaning and who seek a noble calling through government service.