We argue that meaningfulness is a better and more sustainable way of measuring wellbeing

Why do we focus on Meaningfulness?

Psychologists are increasingly recognizing the role of meaning in life for positive development, including in children and adolescents.

Nevertheless, the study of meaningfulness in children and youth is still relatively unexplored.

A high level of meaningfulness is associated with*:


Lower levels of sustance abuse


Lower likelihood of experiencing suicidal ideation and attempts


Lower levels of social and emotional difficulties


Higher levels of health maintenance


Higher life satisfaction


Higher positive emotions

*Shoshani-Anat, Russo-Netzer. (2017). Exploring and assessing meaning in life in elementary school children: Development and validation of the meaning in life in children questionnaire (MIL-CQ). Personality and Individual Differences. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.09.014


“Man’s search for meaning is a primary force in his life and not a “secondary rationalization” of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning.”

Viktor Frankel, Austrian psychiatrist, holocaust survivor, and founder of logotherapy
– a type of therapy focusing on an individual’s search for meaning