Life Hacks: Purpose as a Tool for Optimal Functioning

Life Hacks: Purpose as a Tool for Optimal Functioning


Based on exciting new research in the field of positive psychology and life-span development, this class will provide the participants with tools, mechanisms and approaches to develop a purpose in their life guiding them towards optimal functioning. This is a great opportunity for youth ages above thirteen in which they will not only be taught as how to set an objective in their life but they will also be guided as how to get to those objectives. By utilizing three simple processes, the presentation will enlighten the youth with newfound knowledge of the profound impact that they can have on their own destiny by developing a purpose, making a positive impact on the world, and finding a meaning in their life.

Course activities

  • Complete a survey to assess their SOC, meaning in life, and purpose.
  • Evaluate the results of the survey
  • Learn what purpose is and how they can develop purpose
  • Discuss as a group or in pairs what they want to do with their lives and how they can accomplish it

Event objectives

To learn as how to develop a positive purpose in life and how to achieve that goal/target/purose.

Age Group

Youth having ages 13 and above can register for the event.



Event Date and Time

May 17, 2014 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm


Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA), 3290, Pine Orchard Ln, Ellicott City, MD, 21042

Event Registeration (Free)

Participants can register online at

Instructor’s Bio

Emily Rabinowitz, a Junior at River Hill High School, is a member of the Gifted and Talented Independent Research Program where she is studying purpose development under the advisory of Dr. Jenni Menon Mariano of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Over the course of the past few months, Emily conducted scholarly research on purpose, notably interviewing experts from Duquesne and Stanford University. Her intensive research led her to develop her own unique theory of purpose development that combined positive psychology and life-span development. With her advisor, Emily will be administering a survey evaluating purpose and SOC, one of the first of its kind. She was also selected to present her research at the 22th Annual Student Learning Conference. She hopes to spread her knowledge to as many sources as possible, because she believes that everyone deserves to find their purpose in life.

Emily Class 1

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