Finding purpose--putting meaning into our lives--brings a sense of fulfillment. Noble purpose takes this further. It may be defined as "the intention to accomplish something both meaningful to the self and of consequence to the world beyond the self." William Damon describes the personal and spiritual benefits of dedicating one's life to a cause, or many causes. He explains that these causes may be found in the day-to-day fabric of ordinary existence--we may discover a calling at work and in doing so, inspire others to find the deeper meaning in their own work; we may find a venue for noble purpose in our families, friendships, communities, in the natural world, the cosmos, or through our faith. Damon defines the qualities that transform purpose into noble purpose. He identifies nine principles that can facilitate the quest for purpose and poses questions we may ask ourselves in order to ensure that the purpose we have indentified is indeed a noble one. Through the inspiring examples described in this book, readers can understand the psychological and spiritual benefits of purpose--providing joy in good times and resilience in adversity. The author points out that leading a life of noble purpose is a truer path to happiness than the pursuit of happiness for its own sake.
William Damon, author of the best-selling "The Moral Child, explores the personal and spiritual benefits of leading a life of purpose by approaching our every day lives with a sense of greater meaning.
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