Our Search for Meaning in Life: Quality of Life Philosophy


Søren Ventegodt, M.D.
Quality of Life Research Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Research Clinic for Holistic Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nordic School of Holistic Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark
Scandinavian Foundation for Holistic Medicine, Sandvika, Norway

Joav Merrick, M.D., MMedSci, DMSc,
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Health and Human Development
BISAC: PHI000000

If you take a walk in the woods on a winter morning and see the sun sparkle and glimmer in the newly fallen snow, or if you sit one morning on the pier with the one you love and watch the glowing sun rise above the sea, you may suddenly think that there are far too few moments like these in your life. Some people experience several high points like these throughout life, when the earth somehow spins the right way around just for a brief moment. You cannot force these experiences to happen, but invite them by making an effort in your life and doing your utmost in every situation. In order to do so, you need to understand the importance of making the right decision in even the smallest of situations. Self-discipline and personal energy will give you control of your life. When you sincerely do your utmost to be in control of your life, you can catch a glimpse of a major obstacle to success: your inability to understand life, the world around you and yourself. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sparks of life

Chapter 1. Meaning of life

Chapter 2. What is a human being

Chapter 3. Quality of life, disease and healing

Chapter 4. The complex brain of ours

Chapter 5. Seizing the meaning of life

Chapter 6. Quality of life research

Chapter 7. Theories of human existence

Chapter 8. A theory for a consciousness based medicine

Chapter 9. Life purpose and the ego

Chapter 10. What is talent

Chapter 11. Child development

Chapter 12. The evil side of man

Chapter 13. The human character

Chapter 14. Existential coherence

Chapter 15. Reflections

Chapter 16. Acknowledgments

Chapter 17. About the Quality of Life Research Center in Copenhagen

Chapter 18. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Chapter 19. About the authors


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