Barbara Jaffe, Ed.D.: New Year, New Purpose — Rediscovering Life’s Purpose | Sero Boost #43

In this episode, host Marie Stella is joined by Barbara Jaffe, an emeritus English professor from UCLA’s Department of Education

Have you ever wondered about the connection between life’s purpose and our overall happiness? Join host Marie Stella and Barbara Jaffe as they explore the process of assessing your life’s purpose and provide guidance on maintaining it during challenging times. Tune in to this inspiring interview, offering insights that may help you navigate the new year with clarity!

Meet Barbara Jaffe, Ed.D.

Barbara Jaffe, a retired Professor Emeritus of English from California, recently concluded her role at UCLA’s Department of Education. Renowned for guiding students to find their unique writing voices, she was honored as Distinguished Teacher of the Year. She has contributed to the Tools for Tolerance Program at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles since 1994. Her passion lies in non-fiction writing, reflecting on life’s complexities. She believes deeply in the power of observation and reflection for personal growth. Residing in Los Angeles with her family, she values her role as a writer and mentor.

About the episode

In this empowering episode of Sero Boost, Barbara defines happiness as an ongoing process rather than a destination. She emphasizes finding joy in everyday moments and learning from difficult experiences. She also suggests that happiness is closely linked to having meaning and purpose in life rather than reaching specific goals. 

Barbara highlights how having a sense of purpose enables individuals to endure challenges and find fulfillment in everyday experiences. Barbara emphasizes the transformative impact of daily gratitude and continually seeking growth and joy. She also discusses the difference between short-term and long-term goals, emphasizing how small, meaningful actions contribute to a fulfilling life journey.

Barbara addresses challenges in identifying life purpose. She emphasizes the importance of focusing on the journey rather than the end goal. Barbara and Marie then share personal experiences of finding joy in their work, emphasizing the significance of living in the present moment. 

Barbara also offers advice on overcoming challenges, including self-reflection and seeking support from others. She also mentions strategies for maintaining purpose during setbacks. She suggests taking small, attainable steps to rediscover life purpose rather than setting grand resolutions.

In conclusion

In this episode, Barbara explores the connection between life’s purpose and happiness. Through personal anecdotes and insightful reflections, she highlights the importance of finding joy in everyday moments and pursuing meaningful goals. Ultimately, she advocates embracing the present moment and taking proactive steps towards personal growth and fulfillment.

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