The Power of Meaning

The Power of Meaning

Crafting A Life That Matters

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ont.] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Canada, 2017.
ISBN: 9780670069491
Branch Call Number: 158.1 Smi
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 22 cm.

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How do you find a richer and satisfying life? Search for meaning, not just happiness, says Emily Esfahani Smith, a journalist and author. Have a purpose in life, does not have to be world altering, but challenging and worth sacrificing for; and that effort will make your life count.


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BiblioMaxine
Nov 24, 2016

A highly recommended read about how to add, look for, or create meaning in your own life. The examples range from the spiritual all the way to the scientific. Although officially a "self-help" book, this can also be read as a work of modern philosophy on how to live the good life.

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