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081: Sources of meaning

🧠 Should we take a day off? Like really off? 🖼 Shadow (Scotch & Bean #034) 👉 A full-body kettlebell workout

Jason Shen
Jason Shen
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081: Sources of meaning

This the 81st edition of Cultivating Resilience, a weekly newsletter how we build, adapt, and lead in times of change—brought to you by Jason Shen, a PM, resilience coach, 1st gen immigrant, ex-gymnast, and 3x startup founder.

🤔 What makes life meaningful?

A Pew Research Center study found that citizens of different countries ranked different sources of meaning as important.

What Makes Life Meaningful? Views From 17 Advanced Economies
Family is preeminent for most publics but work, material well-being and health also play a key role.

Most countries led with Family, except Spain (Health), South Korea (Material well-being), and Taiwan (Society). Occupation was #2 for many, though surprisingly not the US (#2 Friends, #3 Material well-being). UK was the only to squeeze in Hobbies into their top 5, while Americans rounded out with Faith.

Q: What about you? What are the 2-3 top sources of meaning for you?
Reply back over email and I'll tell you mine!

🧠 Should we take a day off? Like really off?

As some of you may surmise, I'm a doer. It's Saturday and I'm over here writing this newsletter. First off, I consider it a hobby so it's more like "fun-work" than "work-work". But still, I'm not out here just idling.

But maybe I should. Artist Austin Kleon writes about how he's been trying a lot harder to make his weekends more about real rest and idlness. He shares advice from an artist coach named Beth Pickens: