The Power of Meaning

The Power of Meaning

Crafting A Life That Matters

Book - 2017
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In a culture obsessed with happiness, this wise, stirring book points the way toward a richer, more satisfying life.

Too many of us believe that the search for meaning is an esoteric pursuit—that you have to travel to a distant monastery or page through dusty volumes to discover life’s secrets. The truth is, there are untapped sources of meaning all around us—right here, right now.

To explore how we can craft lives of meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith synthesizes a kaleidoscopic array of sources—from psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists to figures in literature and history such as George Eliot, Viktor Frankl, Aristotle, and the Buddha. Drawing on this research, Smith shows us how cultivating connections to others, identifying and working toward a purpose, telling stories about our place in the world, and seeking out mystery can immeasurably deepen our lives.

To bring what she calls the four pillars of meaning to life, Smith visits a tight-knit fishing village in the Chesapeake Bay, stargazes in West Texas, attends a dinner where young people gather to share their experiences of profound loss, and more. She also introduces us to compelling seekers of meaning—from the drug kingpin who finds his purpose in helping people get fit to the artist who draws on her Hindu upbringing to create arresting photographs. And she explores how we might begin to build a culture that leaves space for introspection and awe, cultivates a sense of community, and imbues our lives with meaning.

Inspiring and story-driven, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking a life that matters.

Baker & Taylor
"This wise, stirring book argues that the search for meaning can immeasurably deepen our lives and is far more fulfilling than the pursuit of personal happiness. There is a myth in our culture that the search for meaning is some esoteric pursuit--that you have to travel to a distant monastery or page 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; and on interviews with seekers of meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith lays out the four pillars upon which meaning rests. Belonging: We all need to find our tribe and forgerelationships in which we feel understood, recognized, and valued--to know we matter to others. Purpose: We all need a far-reaching goal that motivates us, serves as the organizing principle of our lives, and drives us to make a contribution to the world. Storytelling: We are all storytellers, taking our disparate experiences and assembling them into a coherent narrative that allows us to make sense of ourselves and the world. Transcendence: During a transcendent or mystical experience, we feel we have risen above the everyday world and are connected to something vast and meaningful. To bring those concepts to life, Smith visits a tight-knit fishing village on the Chesapeake Bay, stargazes in West Texas, attends a dinner where young people gather to share their experiences of untimely loss, and more. And she explores how we might begin to build a culture of meaning in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities. Inspiring and story-driven, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking a richer, more satisfying life"--

Baker
& Taylor

Identifies why the pursuit of happiness remains elusive for most people, drawing on the latest cognitive research and cultural insights to outline how to develop a "meaning mind-set" to achieve a fulfilling life.
A guide to smarter ways to pursue a life of fulfillment and significance identifies the reasons why the pursuit of happiness remains elusive for most people, drawing on the latest cognitive research and cultural insights to outline how to develop a "meaning mind-set" to achieve purpose and interpersonal connections.

Publisher: New York : Crown, 2017
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780553419993
0553419994
9780553446562
0553446568
Branch Call Number: 128 Sm55p
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 22 cm

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kiddycone
Sep 08, 2019

One of the best books I have ever read! A truly wonderful read that focuses on finding meaning within our own lives, which tends to be something that gets lost on as we go through our daily lives. A self-help book that has ACTUALLY changed my perspective on life.

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greenjohn
Sep 21, 2018

I really enjoyed this interesting and useful book.

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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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