Monday, March 27, 2017
The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters
Emily Esfahani Smith's book, The Power Of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters, was a powerful and insightful read. Through her research, Smith argues that a person's pursuit of life's meaning can be achieved by making connections with people to feel like you belong, finding a purpose in life, making sense of our experiences through storytelling, and seeking transcendent experiences.
All the stories in the book were all very touching and compelling, from the veteran whose life spiraled out of control but used his pain and suffering to help other veterans to a young gay man's story at The Moth about how his parents refusal to accept his sexual orientation lead him to put a pause on his life. All the stories perfectly illustrates the four pillars of meaning (Belonging, Purpose, Storytelling and Transcendence), according to Smith.
After reading this book, it is making me seriously think about aspects of my own life (areas that I need to work on) to achieve the meaning in my life that I want. I highly recommend to book to anyone who is interested in a self-help book or just a book that will get you thinking about your own life and what it means to you.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.