Lifespark FAQs

What is Lifespark?

Lifespark was launched in 2018 and publishes Lifespark Weekly—an online well-being magazine and community for anyone interested in self-help skills and advice related to how to find meaning in life. Each week, Lifespark Weekly takes a 360° look at what the latest science has to say about a particular issue or dilemma related to finding the meaning of life, such as learning to say goodbye, being heard and understood, or liberating the mind from stale, rigid patterns of thinking. Lifespark Weekly publishes new, original content Monday through Friday, and each weekly issue is comprised of 5 featured articles (1 per weekday) with accompanying videos, quizzes, and exercises to help you find new ways to improve yourself. To promote further engagement, we also have an advice column that allows you to pose questions directly to Dr. Holland.  

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Who is Dr. Holland?

Dr. Jason M. Holland currently serves as the CEO and Editor of Lifespark and develops all content for their weekly well-being magazine. Dr. Holland is a clinical psychologist; therapist; researcher; writer; and leading expert on grief, loss, aging, and finding meaning in life. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and invited papers on these topics, and his work has been cited thousands of times by professionals across the world. If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Holland, click here. Or if you’d like to get expert advice and “Ask Jason” about some problem you’ve been having related to how to find meaning in life, click here for more details.  

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Where did the idea for Lifespark come from?

After growing tired of writing primarily for an academic audience, Dr. Holland turned his attention in 2018 to innovating the self-help industry with the launch of his online well-being magazine, Lifespark Weekly. Unlike most self-help content that’s written by untrained ‘gurus’ and based solely on their personal insights, Lifespark Weekly was created to bridge the gap between science and soul by offering evidence-based strategies, tips, exercises, and insights on how to find meaning in life.

Struck by the intense thirst for meaning that he observed among his patients and research participants, Dr. Holland recognized the overwhelming need for a worldwide community that could serve as an antidote to the dehumanizing realities of modern living (e.g., feeling lost and isolated in impersonal bureaucracies and virtual universes). Lifespark Weekly was designed to address this need.

By offering engaging, evidence-based articles, exercises, quizzes, videos, and advice, Lifespark strives to rise above the mindless chatter that pervades much of modern life. Our goal is to ‘spark’ dialogue, questions, and new kinds of thinking about finding the meaning of life, and in the process, we hope to add some spark to your daily life too!

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How can I expect to benefit from the content on Lifespark Weekly?

Although we cannot offer any guarantees about how you will respond, all content is developed with the purpose of providing education and evidence-based strategies on how to find meaning in life. Our hope is that Lifespark Weekly content will offer you new ways to find your life purpose and inspire you to work constructively with the heartache and disappointment that you encounter along the way.  

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How should I use the Lifespark Weekly website?

Depending on your needs, there are a few different ways you might want to approach the Lifespark Weekly website:

1) If there is nothing in particular that is bothering you right now, and you’d just like to learn more about finding greater meaning and purpose in life, then you might start by checking out the current weekly issue, perusing past issues, or reading our beginner’s guide on how to find meaning in life. Each week, we explore a central topic related to how to find meaning in life and publish 5 featured articles (1 per weekday) that dive deep into a specific facet of the issue or problem. Featured articles are accompanied by related quizzesvideos, and evidence-based strategies that offer new ways to improve yourself. So, take a peek at our recent issues and see what speaks to you. You can also become a Lifespark Exclusive member for free and sign up for our weekly newsletter to get updates on the latest developments at Lifespark.

2) If you are looking for guidance on some specific problem that you’re facing, then you can use our search bar to locate content that is relevant to your concern. We also organize our content based on people’s interests, allowing you to browse articles and resources related to topics that matter to you the most.

So, what needs do you have? Read each descriptor below and click to content categories that seem most relevant to your problem or issue.  

(a) If you have been feeling like you’re in a rut and want to boost your sense of emotional well-being and quality of life, click here.

(b) If you want to work on self-improvement for relationships, click here.

(c) If you are wanting to learn how to grow spiritually and deepen your sense of faith and spirituality, then click here.

(d) If it’s a better appreciation for the way science and nature contribute to our sense of meaning in life that you are looking for, then click here.

(e) If you are wanting to connect at a broader level and become more informed about current events and topics related to how to find meaning in life, then click here.

(f) And finally, if you are looking for a beginner’s guide on how to find meaning in life, click here.

3) If you’ve scoured the site and still haven’t found what you’re looking for, consider writing to us about your problem. Click here to learn more about how to submit a request to have Dr. Holland directly respond to your questions in our “Ask Jason” advice column.  

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What should I do if I need more help than Lifespark can offer?

Lifespark weekly is not a substitute for mental health counseling, treatment, or assessment with a licensed professional. If you are having persistent or severe problems that interfere with your ability to function in day-to-day life (e.g., at work, school, or in relationships), you should consider setting up an appointment with a trained provider. You can search for a therapist in your local area using a website like www.psychologytoday.com. Or you can get started with one of our partners, BetterHelp, which offers online mental health counseling worldwide.

If you are in a crisis or emergency situation, call 911 (in U.S. or Canada). See here for more Emergency Resources.


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Does it cost anything to use Lifespark Weekly?

No, it doesn’t cost a thing! All content and services are provided by Lifespark Weekly completely free of charge. Our community is supported by corporate partners and third-party affiliates who, like us, have a vested interest in helping people live healthier, happier, and more meaningful lives. Thus, by ordering a service or product that you learned about on Lifespark Weekly, you are not only helping yourself; you’re also helping our community to thrive and grow.

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What comes with a free Lifespark Exclusive membership and how do I become a member?

As a Lifespark Exclusive member you will receive access to exclusive quizzes, videos, exercises, and interactive tools, like our electronic dream diary (to be published 2/13/2018). Members can also sign up for our weekly newsletter, which includes a sneak peek into the week ahead as well as updates on the latest happenings at Lifespark.

Signing up for a membership is easy and free of charge. You can sign up using an existing social media account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Google+. Or you can provide us with your name and email address and subscribe with us directly. To get started with a free Lifespark Exclusive membership, click here.

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How can I get involved in Lifespark?

Glad you asked! There are a few different ways you can get involved with Lifespark and contribute to our community.

1) You can sign up for a free Lifespark Exclusive membership.

2) You can refer a friend, family member, client, or colleague to Lifespark by clicking here.

3) You can start a conversation about an article, video, or quiz that you like on Lifespark Weekly by posing questions or soliciting feedback from other members using the comments box below each piece.

4) You can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or Pinterest.

5) You can share an article, video, or quiz on a social media outlet that you use, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  

6) You can “Ask Jason” and request advice from Dr. Holland about some problem you’ve been having related to finding meaning in life.

7) You can click on Lifespark Weekly links for products or services that you might be interested in. Our community is supported by third-party affiliates who, like us, have a vested interest in helping people live healthier, happier, and more meaningful lives. Thus, by ordering a service or product that you learned about on Lifespark Weekly, you are not only helping yourself; you’re also helping our community to thrive and grow.

8) We are currently a small operation. So, if you are interested in helping us grow and reach more people and want to contribute directly to the cause, you can also donate to Lifespark here: 

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How do I write to Dr. Holland for expert advice?

If there is some issue or problem that you are having that relates to finding meaning in life, you can write to us and ask for advice from Dr. Jason M. Holland—clinical psychologist and leading expert in grief, loss, trauma, caregiving, aging, and finding meaning in the wake of difficult life events.   

We aren’t able to reply to every question, but Dr. Holland regularly selects a subset of submissions to respond to in his “Ask Jason” advice column. Submitting a request involves providing some basic information about yourself, a detailed description of your problem and/or question(s), and a pseudonym to publish with your message. To begin an advice request, click here.

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How do I contact Lifespark for other issues (unrelated to personal advice)?

For questions and requests related to matters other than personal advice (e.g., topic suggestions, feedback, or inquiries about partnership opportunities), please fill out a form on the About page or email us at email@LifesparkWeekly.com.

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How can I sponsor content or advertise on Lifespark?

Send an email inquiry to email@LifesparkWeekly.com or fill out the form on the About page. We’d love to know more about you, your organization, and your vision for how we might partner together. Lifespark is interested in working with brands that share our mission of promoting wellness, health, and meaning in life. If that sounds like a good match for your brand, drop us a note. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Is there a Lifespark Weekly mobile app?

Currently, Lifespark Weekly does not have a mobile app. However, our website has been optimized for viewing on mobile devices. So, feel free to take Lifespark with you wherever you go and visit us on your tablet or phone anytime.

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I lost my password for Lifespark Exclusive, how do I reset it?

Using the email address that you used to register for a Lifespark Exclusive account, you can reset your password here.

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What are Lifespark’s policies for posting comments on their website?

One of the best ways to participate the Lifespark Community is to offer your thoughts or pose questions using the comments box at the end of each article. But engaging with other people about sensitive topics can get touchy. When interacting with other members through comments or posts, we expect everyone to be respectful and responsible. For more details about our comment policy, click here.

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How do I report harassment or abuse that occurred on the Lifespark Weekly website?

If someone is making inappropriate remarks in the comments section, you can flag it for us. Lifespark will review the comment and remove it if it violates our comment policy. To report other types of harassment or abuse to Lifespark, you can notify us by visiting our comment policy page, scrolling to the bottom, and completing the “report abuse” form.


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