Meaning and Purpose

Michael Steger is the Founder and Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose, and Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University. He also serves as an Extraordinary Professor by North-West University in South Africa. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College, his MS in Counseling from the University of Oregon in 1997, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Personality Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2005.

The Big News

2020 Retreats MEANING360 is open for registration. You can find out a lot more at, where you can learn about the deep experiential and research-driven approach we will be taking to help people infuse every day life with personally vital meaning, all while enjoying the lush cultural and natural atmosphere of Bali. Explore our unique programming, our incredible venue in Ubud, and the many exciting inclusions you can experience among within a small and welcoming community of fellow seekers at MEANING360.

TEDx Talk! Please take a moment to check out and pass along my TEDx talk What Makes Life Meaningful?

Recent Books: You can check out Designing Positive Psychology here, and Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace here.

Recent Research: Take the Meaning in Life Questionnaire and other surveys related to quality of life and meaningful living and working

Meaningful Work Talk: On my Meaningful Work page, I’ve added a link to a lecture (to an empty room…more on that on the Meaningful Work page) I gave on my perspective on why we should care about meaningful work.

Social Psychology Resources: You can also learn more about me and other social psychologists at the excellent Social Psychology Network site: