The science

Meaningfulness as the most powerful element

Notable aspect is that both Sense of Coherence and the Blue Zones have ‘meaningfulness’ as an important factor. That is also an important element of Positive Health.


The importance of meaningfulness is emphasised, among others, by psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, who himself survived concentration camps for three years. After his camp experiences, Frankl was convinced that people’s deepest need and drive is finding meaning for themselves. He was also convinced that meaningfulness is the strongest source from which people can draw strength to endure difficult circumstances. ‘Those who have found something to live for can cope with almost anything,’ Frankl said. He developed a therapy aimed at helping people find their personal sense of purpose.