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WSP 92 — Purpose: What It Is, Why We Need It, and How to Find It

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jan 26—Jan 27
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 19
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $335
Instructor(s): Leah Weiss
Status: Open
Winter
On-campus
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Date(s)
Jan 26—Jan 27
2 days
Drop By
Jan 19
1 Unit
Fees
$335
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Leah Weiss
Open
Finding purpose in life and work is the key to health, happiness, longevity, and productivity whether at work, at home, or throughout retirement. The problem is that most of us are unaware of what our purpose is or how to find it. Without purpose, we often become less resilient and maybe even struggle to find reasons for living.

This course will present an overview of important research that reveals how purpose can be increased, providing evidence-based tools and strategies that can be experimented with in lab style. Students will participate in interactive exercises designed to help each student discover their sense of purpose in the first place, or put their existing notions of purpose into clearer focus. We will use real-life examples to learn how to address the bad feelings and lack of structure that can lead us to feel purposeless. And we will examine why it’s important to learn from failure, and how to move forward with acceptance and resilience using proven self-compassion and mindfulness techniques. By the end of the course, students will understand why purpose is essential in every stage of life and where to find it.

Leah Weiss, Lecturer, Graduate School of Business, Stanford; Founding Faculty, Compassion Institute

Leah Weiss is the author of How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind, a book that focuses on compassion and purpose at work. She has written columns for Inc., Harvard Business Review, and Psychology Today. She teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Compassion Institute and runs her own coaching and consulting business. She received a PhD from Boston College.