What does it mean to live a meaningful life?

Here are responses from students enrolled in my “Sociology of the Life Course.”

Cultivate a sense of purpose

Be yourself

Pursue strong connections

Experience love

Don’t regret, just learn

Approach everything as a learning experience

Take care of yourself and others

Surround yourself with people you love

Stay true to yourself

Live in the moment

Make a positive impact

Pay it forward

Do what you enjoy

Bring good to the world

Honor nature


Copyright Meika Loe

Meika Loe is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Colgate University. She is the author of Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond.

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