Through the windows of the soul: A pilot study using photography to enhance meaning in life

Michael F. Steger, Yerin Shim, Jennifer Barenz, Joo Yeon Shin

A pilot study is presented using a photographic method for participants to explore where meaning in their lives comes from. Eighty-six university students were instructed to take 9–12 photographs of “things that make your life feel meaningful.” One week later, participants returned, viewed, and described their photographs. Significant within-person improvements in levels of meaning in life, life satisfaction, and positive affect were observed following the intervention.

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