The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith

I picked up this book after reading some great endorsements from Susan Cain and Adam Grant. I was very intrigued by the subtitle, Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness. I work in higher education and there seems to be this ever present tension with success especially within the liberal arts. Clearly, we want our graduates to find well-paying jobs and increase their standard of living, but more importantly, we want our graduates to discover meaning and to create a better world.

Emily Esfahani Smith breaks it all down in this book, answering the important questions of meaning: Why is meaning important? What are the elements of meaning? And how do we create meaning together?

I found this book very interesting. I loved the authors breakdown of meaning: belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence. However, I found it difficult to get into the flow of the book. It is like the book was missing that piece of thread that tied everything together. Each chapter felt very detached from the other, but I cannot tell you why this is.

Again, this is a good book. I enjoyed it, the message is fantastic and needed. I would definitely recommend it.