The first, and most important, step in enhancing your family's sense of meaning is to think about experiences in the past that have felt meaningful. You can do this by sitting down and making an "It Felt Meaningful When." list. Ask each person in the family to share times when they felt that they were engaged in something meaningful and talk about what made it feel that way. Here are some examples from my family:
It Felt Meaningful When...
- We baked cookies and brought them to our neighbors.
- We took 15 minutes to pick up trash at the park.
- We had a lemonade stand and donated the money to help children in New Orleans.
- We sat on the car and stared up at the sky when we were in Vermont.
- Grandma told us funny stories about what it was like when she was a kid.
Keep the list in a visible spot so that everyone can see it and add to it. Sit down as a family once a month to talk about new meaningful experiences and add them to the list. Once you have your list, decide which of the activities you want to do that month, or, come up with new experiences you want to try.
The first, and most important, step in enhancing your family's sense of meaning is to think about experiences in the past that have felt meaningful.