There is a myth in our culture that to find meaning you have to travel to a distant monastery or wade through dusty volumes to figure out life's great secret. The truth is, there are untapped sources of meaning all around us: right here, right now. Drawing on the latest research in positive psychology; on insights from George Eliot, Viktor Frankl, Aristotle, the Buddha and other great minds, Emily Esfahani Smith identifies four pillars upon which meaning rests: Belonging, Purpose, Storytelling and Transcendence. She also explores how we can begin to build a culture of meaning into our families, our workplaces and our communities. Inspiring and full of contemporary examples, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking a richer, more satisfying life.
"Speaks to the yearning we all share for a life of depth and significance...Beautifully written and rigorously researched...reading it is a life-transforming experience..." -- Susan Cain, author of Quiet "The Power of Meaning deftly tells the stories of people, contemporary and historical, who have made the quest for meaning the mission of their lives. This powerful yet elegant book will inspire you to live a life of significance" -- Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive "Evidence-based and inspiring, this is a book I've been awaiting for a very long time." -- Adam Grant, author of Originals
Emily Esfahani Smith writes about culture and psychology for the Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Daily Beast and other publications. Born in Zurich and brought up in Montreal, she has an MA in applied positive psychology and lives with her husband in Washington.