The Ryff Scale
Dr. Carol Ryff points out the connection of meaning and purpose to health.
The Ryff scale is one of the tools out there for measuring an individual’s ‘well-being,’ including happiness, joy, and contentment. Within her model, there are six key elements to well being: Self-acceptance, Personal Growth, Purpose in Life, Environmental Mastery, Autonomy, and Positive Relations with Others.
Along with giving researchers a reliable method for measuring a well-lived life, The Ryff scale has again pointed to clear factors that affect a person’s well-being. One of the profound findings from Dr. Carol Ryff’s research was the connection a sense of purpose has to physical health. Especially in older adults, a sense of purpose leads to lower morbidity and more longevity. View research paper.
The Ryff scale has some differences from the model we us on this site. We pinpoint meaning and purpose specifically as a foundation for well-being, joy, and flourishing, and submit that a sense of meaning and purpose comes from 4 cornerstones: Discovery, Love, Expression, and Service. Parallels between Ryff’s and others’ research findings are present. For example, Ryff’s research branches into the role of the arts (expression) in eudaimonic well-being.
In this article from Fast Company, purpose is addressed from a business point of view, and directly contrasted with mission. It will even give business owners concrete steps for connecting with the “Why” behind what they do.
An almost curt guide on living a life of purpose. Including clearing away distractions, this guide will help you put your deepest missions front and center in every task you take part in.
This article highlights the difference between happiness and joy, and is a preview of the focus of our happiness section.
Steve Taylor – The Power of Purpose
Remembering Victor Frankl and moving into motivation and resilience, this speaker explores the power of living with a sense of meaning behind us.
Carol Ryff – Keynote: Is Purpose Good for Your Health
Ryff’s scale for measuring psychological well-being, broken down. In this talk, she shows the reasoning behind her model, and speaks about the effects of purpose on physical health.
Michael Steger – What Makes Life Meaningful
Another speaker providing their own framing for meaning in life, and presenting the power of purpose (especially at 9:40).
Jennifer Aaker – The Power of Purpose
From the Stanford School of Business, learn about meaning/purpose at work, the Ryff scale, and more, all conveyed with great illustrations.
Robert Waldinger – What Makes a Good Life?
Director of a 75-year-running study on adult development, this researcher draws conclusions from a wealth of data on life satisfaction, showing that relationships (which usually contain all 4 cornerstones) are perhaps what matter most.
Dr. Robert Quinn – How to Live a Purpose Driven Life
Giving a lecture at Google, the founder of the Center for Positive Organizations outline the benefits, and his own how, of living with a sense of purpose.
Vic Strecher – On Purpose
A compelling talk by Academic Vic Strecher, whose research and recent book, Life on Purpose, shows the astounding effects of a sense of meaning and purpose on a person’s health and satisfaction.