One of the main ways Frankl discovered meaning was by making himself feel useful, taking actions and doing work to better himself. Serving as a doctor to those who were ill with typhus or other diseases, in addition to helping the sick physically recover he was also an emotional leader. For example, he encountered two individuals who had given up hope on life, he asked them to think of something worth living for-one answered that he had a son waiting for him at home, and the other said he was writing a book and wanted to finish it. Secondly, his strong and incessant will to finish his manuscript destroyed earlier, where he had begun his work on the theory, also became the key for his believe in life and survival. His dream to finally hold a complete manuscript in his hand gave him a purpose to endure the suffering imposed.
Thirdly, remembering comforting and pleasant events from the past every chance he got, his memory glorifying them. Furthermore, his belief in fate- Instead of viewing his hardships in a negative light, he accepted them as a part of his life journey that is designed to help him grow. He believed that life expected more from them and that they had to live in order to accomplish this. Moreover, his intense inner life, allowed him to experience the beauty of art and nature even in those circumstances. Shown with the quote “If someone had seen our faces on the journey from Auschwitz to a Bavarian camp as we beheld the mountains of Salzburg with their summits glowing in the sunset… he would never have believed that those were the faces of men who had given up all hope of life and liberty”. Finally, taking gratitude of small moments, for example when transferred to a different concentration camp: “All through the night and late into the next morning, we had to stand outside, frozen and soaked to the skin after the strain of our long journey.
And yet we were all very pleased! There was no chimney in this camp and Auschwitz was a long way off”.