• À cette question récurrente : « Que recherches-tu dans la vie ? » quoi de plus spontané que de répondre : « Le bonheur ! » ? Pourtant, cet objectif semble toujours nous échapper et nous laisser insatisfaits. Pourquoi, alors, ne pas poser la question différemment ? Car ce qui fait que la vie vaut la peine d'être vécue, c'est le sens qu'on lui donne ! En se basant sur les avancées récentes de la psychologie, tout en se référant aux grands penseurs, Emily Esfahani Smith propose de fonder cette quête du sens sur quatre piliers fondamentaux : L'appartenance : trouvez votre tribu et comptez sur elle. La raison d'être : identifiez ce qui vous motive, les valeurs qui vous poussent à agir. La mise en récit : verbalisez, écrivez tout ce qui forge votre identité. La transcendance : accueillez ces moments qui vous connectent avec quelque chose qui vous dépasse, devant une oeuvre d'art ou un coucher de soleil. Découvrez dès maintenant VOTRE pilier principal, pour une vie plus pleine et réussie ! « J'ai eu un véritable coup de coeur pour le livre d'Emily. Car, plus qu'un livre, c'est une fabuleuse enquête sur la quête de sens. Sens de l'existence, que nous cherchons tous, et qu'Emily nous invite à trouver. Magique et puissant. Je le recommande chaleureusement ! » Raphaëlle Giordano, auteur de Ta deuxième vie commence quand tu comprends que tu n'en as qu'une.

  • For anyone exhausted or disillusioned by the perpetual pursuit of personal happiness, here is the antidote: a book about the pursuit of meaning, a better route to a fulfilling life. We have a lot to be happy about. And yet, we're more dissatisfied than ever. In The Power of Meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith argues that we've been chasing the wrong thing. It's not happiness that makes life worth living--it's meaning. Drawing on the latest cognitive science research, as well as insights from literature and philosophy and her own prodigious reporting, Smith shows that by developing a "meaning mindset," we can all achieve a deeper satisfaction. With a warm, assured voice that moves effortlessly from George Eliot and Aristotle to Monty Python and Louis C.K., Smith spells out the four pillars of the meaning mindset: cultivating connections to others, working toward our life's purpose, telling stories about our place in the world, and finding transcendence. And she shows us how we can lean on the pillars in difficult times, and how we might begin to build a culture of meaning in our families, our workplaces, and our communities. Stirring, inspiring, and story-driven, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking more in life.

  • There is a myth in our culture that to find meaning you have to travel to a distant monastery or wade through dusty volumes to figure out life's great secret. The truth is, there are untapped sources of meaning all around us: right here, right now. Drawing on the latest research in positive psychology; on insights from George Eliot, Viktor Frankl, Aristotle, the Buddha and other great minds, Emily Esfahani Smith identifies four pillars upon which meaning rests: Belonging, Purpose, Storytelling and Transcendence. She also explores how we can begin to build a culture of meaning into our families, our workplaces and our communities.Inspiring and full of contemporary examples, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking a richer, more satisfying life.

  • 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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