Dr. Tatjana Schnell is associate professor at Innsbruck University.

Tatjana Schnell is head of the research group ‘Empirical research on meaning in life. After studying in Göttingen, London, Heidelberg, and Cambridge, she obtained her doctorate at Trier University in Germany. She has developed the Sources of Meaning and Meaning in Life Questionnaire called (SoMe) which has been translated into 17 languages all over the world. Her work is published in numerous popular international journals. Her work focuses on the most fundamental questions of how to conceive and quantify meaning in life, as well as on the nexus of meaning in life and secularity, various religions, corporate work, well-being, health, and civic responsibilities.

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About the Book — The Psychology of Meaning in Life

This book offers an inspiring exploration of current findings from the psychology of meaning in life, analyzing cutting-edge research to propose practical, evidence-based applications. Schnell draws on psychological, philosophical, and cognitive perspectives to explore basic concepts of meaning and introduce a multidimensional model of meaning in life.

Written in an accessible style, this book covers a range of topics including the distinction between meaning and happiness, the impact of meaning on health and longevity, meaning in the workplace, and meaning-centered interventions. Each chapter ends with exercises to encourage self-reflection and measurement tools are presented throughout, including the author’s original Sources of Meaning and Meaning in Life Questionnaire (SoMe), to inspire the reader to consider the role of meaning in their own life.

There are so many quotes on the Purpose of life but the Psychology of Meaning in Life is essential reading for students and practitioners of psychology, sociology, counseling, coaching, and related disciplines, and for general readers interested in exploring the role of meaning in life.

Tatjana Schnell research paper on the Meaning of life:

Sources of meaning by Tatjana Schnell


‘Belonging’ and its relationship to the experience of meaningful work.


Meaningful commitment: Finding meaning in volunteer work


Predicting meaning in work: Theory, data, implications