The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters

Category: Book
By (author): Esfahani-Smith, Emily
Subject:  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
  PSYCHOLOGY / Emotions
  SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: January 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*For anyone exhausted or disillusioned by the perpetual pursuit of personal happiness, here is the antidote: a book about the pursuit of meaning, a better route to a fulfilling life.


We have a lot to be happy about. And yet, we're more dissatisfied than ever. In The Power of Meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith argues that we've been chasing the wrong thing. It's not happiness that makes life worth living--it's meaning.
     Drawing on the latest cognitive science research, as well as insights from literature and philosophy and her own prodigious reporting, Smith shows that by developing a "meaning mindset," we can all achieve a deeper satisfaction.
     With a warm, assured voice that moves effortlessly from George Eliot and Aristotle to Monty Python and Louis C.K., Smith spells out the four pillars of the meaning mindset: cultivating connections to others, working toward our life's purpose, telling stories about our place in the world, and finding transcendence. And she shows us how we can lean on the pillars in difficult times, and how we might begin to build a culture of meaning in our families, our workplaces, and our communities.
     Stirring, inspiring, and story-driven, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking more in life.
Review Quote*"Beautifully written and rigorously researched, The Power of Meaning speaks to the yearning we all share for a life of depth and significance. In a culture constantly shouting about happiness, this warm and wise book leads us down the path to what truly matters. Reading it is a life-transforming experience."
-SUSAN CAIN, author of Quiet
 
"A riveting read on the quest for the one thing that matters more than happiness. Emily Esfahani Smith reveals why we lose meaning in our lives and how to find it. Beautifully written, evidence-based, and inspiring, this is a book I've been awaiting for a very long time."
-ADAM GRANT, author of Originals and Give and Take; professor at the Wharton School
Biographical NoteEMILY ESFAHANI SMITH writes about culture, relationships, and psychology for the Atlantic, New Criterion, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Daily Beast, and other publications. A native of Zurich, she grew up in Montreal and lives in Michigan. The author lives in Ann Arbor, MI.