The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith

This is one of those books that can change the way you look at life and change your life if you let it. Ever wonder why some of the richest/first world countries are rated the “happiest” countries but have the highest suicide rates as compared to some of the poorest/third world countries? Meaning. People in poorer countries see their lives as more meaningful even if they have to work harder and suffer more. Having focus on other people versus yourself (like in individualistic -centered societies) has made people feel like their lives are more meaningful. Just because your life is easier and you do not have to worry about day to day survival doesn’t always mean you see a purpose or meaning to life. There are studies and research throughout this book as well as stories to illustrate the point of having a meaningful life versus a happy life. It gives you ideas and inspires you to make your life more meaningful as well.

This book took me a long time to read for such a short book but I was constantly looking things up or just thinking about what I read that I felt that it was well worth the read. I will definitely be rereading this book for ideas and inspiration.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

I received an advanced copy of this book from a NetGalley for review consideration.


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