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The Power of Meaning - Crafting a Life That Matters

Emily Esfahani Smith

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mozhan Marno

Length:

7h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:42


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:47


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:34


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:33


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:37


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:02


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:17


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:01


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:47


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

00:35