The Power of Meaning: Crafting a life that matters - Emily Esfahani Smith
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.
This book was not what I expected it to be and I think it is aimed more at academics and professionals rather than someone who just wants some advice.
I really found the beginning of the book difficult to read as it was very heavily referenced. I found once I got into the book more it is divided into four pillars being Belonging, Storytelling, Purpose and Transcendence. I could relate to the Storytelling pillar most as this is something I have used and I think it works too.
My advice would be if you want to really gain an understanding of this work then this book is for you, and it has evidence to back up the theories. If you want more of a self help book then maybe this is not for you.
I'm giving this book 3 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Netgalley for a copy of the book to review.