You’ve heard the phrase “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff,” right? But isn’t life mostly small stuff? In this short, self-directed course, you will learn how to use everyday experiences, fleeting moments, mundane routines, and the simple fact of being alive—the small stuff—to deepen the meaning and purpose in your life. After all, meaning in life comes from living through the big stuff and the small stuff. And it’s mostly small stuff.
This course is for
Anyone seeking to increase understanding of meaning in their life and intentionally build that meaning

Health professionals, coaches, managers, and educators who seek to help others understand and uncover meaning in life and work

Those curious about meaning in life and its link to our authenticity; to our past, present, and future; and to our life goals

Practitioners looking to learn new techniques and approaches to expand and deepen their work to include meaning and purpose.

Michael F. Steger, PhD, is a professor of psychology and the founding director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University.
Weekly Themes and Key Concepts
U Session 1 – Life Is What You Pay Attention To

Finding meaning in the moment requires us to find important focal points in the here and now and become comfortable with the power of our attention.

Session 2 – The Miracle Machine
Our bodies are the gateway to the present, and the one source of meaning that is always with you.
Session 3 – Savor
The simple practice of appreciating and expanding our enjoyment of life’s pleasures can be a powerful tool for building meaningful moments.
Session 4 – A Stitch in Time
Weaving the threads of everyday life into a tapestry of life purpose helps you see how your purpose began before right now, and will continue into tomorrow—and yet it is only in the moment when we can take steps along that journey.
Mike Steger is great at taking the huge questions about “the meaning of life”… and making them into smaller more digestible bites. His exercises gave me thoughtful ways to discover my own answers. So now, I actually can identify what makes life worth living, as well as how I can experience those meaningful moments more often.

Val Williams, MCC
Executive Leadership Consultant and Master Certified Coach

What You Will Have After Taking This Course
This course is focused on practical exercises that help people use the power of now to create lives rich in meaning. Each session offers two or more exercises that you can learn to use one at a time, in an array of combinations, and even all together in a coherent program on meaning in the moment. Mike shows how the exercises build on each other as well as how they can be sequenced to help people get unstuck and moving forward with a lighter heart toward greater meaning and purpose.
All videos are hosted within a students-only virtual classroom. All you need is the ability to view videos on your computer. The videos are pre-recorded; you can watch at your own convenience.
Michael F. Steger, PhD

Michael F. Steger, PhD

Michael F. Steger, PhD, is a professor of psychology and the founding director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University. His research focuses on how people flourish through building meaning and purpose in their lives and work. His published works include two widely used measurement tools, the Meaning in Life Questionnaire and the Work and Meaning Inventory, as well as three co-edited books, The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Positivity and Strengths-Based Approaches at Work, Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace, and Designing Positive Psychology. Mike offers keynotes, lectures, workshops, and consulting around the world on the topics of meaning, purpose, psychological strengths, meaningful work, and creating a happy workplace.


Tuition for this course is $395 USD

When you register, you’ll have unlimited access to all program materials,
including videos and worksheets, to learn and implement at your own pace.