Being cheerful makes sense
Psychologist Laura King studies what people think meaning is and how they come by it
Story by Dale Smith | Photo by Nicholas Benner
Most of us have had a certain thought during some difficult moment: If only I could understand why it happened, I would feel better.
Ah, the search for meaning.
Laura King, professor of psychological sciences at MU, studies what people think meaning is and how they come by it. Many define meaning as pursuing a high purpose or goal or living a life that matters in some grand way. These people likely rely on introspection and grueling analysis to locate the big answers. But King thinks differently: Meaning is everywhere, just for the taking.