Emily Esfahani Smith is a Canadian-American journalist and writer by profession. Her interest areas are Psychology, Philosophy, literature, and human behavior. She has written many books, one of the best New York Times Selling books is “Power of Meaning.”

According to Emily, the meaning of life should be beyond our happiness. Happiness is not the ultimate purpose of life. One can be happy by achieving the goal, it is an act or an expression of one ‘s life to be happy, not a meaning of life.

Finding your best within you and serving others, an effort for achieving their dreams is the purpose of life. When you experience the transcendent feeling while doing any work, it is the ecstasy of life.

Books:

The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters 

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About: The Book title itself says everything about how powerful this book is. The book describes the four most prominent factors to think of to create a powerful meaning of life. Those four pillars are – Belonging, Purpose, Storytelling, and Transcendence.
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The Power of Meaning: The true route to happiness

About: The author has done a lot of research interviewing different personalities from different industries on the power of meaning. She describes in the book how happiness and the meaning of life are correlated and interdependent. She recommends we focus on pillars of life – Belonging, Purpose, Storytelling, and Transcendence.

Quotes by Emily Esfahani Smith :

“When we try to pick out anything by itself,” he wrote, “we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

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“Research has shown that among the benefits that come with being in a relationship or group, a sense of belonging clocks in as the most important driver of meaning.”

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“Leading a meaningful life, by contrast, corresponded with being a “giver,” and its defining feature was connecting and contributing to something beyond the self.”

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“They are the four pillars of meaning: belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence.”

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“Plenty of people have dreams, after all, but many do nothing to actually accomplish them.”

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“Meaning largely lies in others. Only through focusing on others do we build the pillar of belonging for both ourselves and for them. If we want to find meaning in our own lives, we have to begin by reaching out.”

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“The ability to find purpose in the day-to-day tasks of living and working goes a long way toward building meaning.”

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“Older people who report having more purpose in life live longer than those who report having less. They have a reason to get out of bed in the morning–a reason, even, to go on living.”

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Podcast:

Videos:

About: She describes the four most prominent factors to think of to create a powerful meaning of life. Those four pillars are – Belonging, Purpose, Storytelling, and Transcendence.
About: According to her, if we chase Happiness, we actually will end up unhappy. Instead, we should introspect ourselves and find the meaning of life which will satisfy our being with happiness.
About: According to her, storytelling is the fourth pillar (of her four pillar philosophy) to find the meaning of life.
About: She describes her new book – the title itself says everything about how powerful this book is. The book describes the four most prominent factors to think of to create a powerful meaning of life. Those four pillars are – Belonging, Purpose, Storytelling, and Transcendence.
About: According to her, the purpose is more of a mindset. It doesn’t mean we have to push the rock literally. Having a Purpose will inspire you in daily life.
About: Emily shows how finding purpose at work is really important because most of our waking hours are spent at work.
About: Emily quotes ancient authors, to show how one can find meaning in life.

Facts:

What is the good life Emily Esfahani Smith?

According to Emily, finding the meaning or purpose of life is a good life, not happiness. According to her, if we chase Happiness, we actually will end up unhappy. Instead, we should introspect ourselves and find the meaning of life with four transcendental pillars to feel at peace.

How old is Emily Smith?

She was born in Zurich, Switzerland. She is 40 years old.

Is Emily Esfahani Smith a psychologist?

Emily pursued her philosophy degree at Dartmouth College. She received her master’s degree in positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Catholic University.

What are the 4 pillars of meaning?

The four pillars of meaning as described in her book – The power of meaning : belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence.

Where is Emily Esfahani Smith from?
She is from Zurich, Switzerland and grew up in Canada, and holds Canadian-American Citizenship.