The Power of Meaning: Making Your Life, Work and Relationships Matter
UCSB Arts & Lectures presents author and TED favorite Emily Esfahani Smith delivering a FREE public lecture titled The Power of Meaning: Making Your Life, Work and Relationships Matter on Thurs., Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall. A limited quantity of her book The Power of Meaning will be given away through the Thematic Learning Initiative (learn more here). Books will also be available for purchase and signing at the event.
There is more to life than searching for happiness, says Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters. A positive psychology instructor and an editor at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Smith finds that pursuing meaning in life is ultimately more fulfilling than chasing happiness. Drawing on psychology, philosophy and literature, she points the way toward a richer life.
Emily Esfahani Smith writes about the human experience – why we are the way we are and how we can find grace and meaning in a world that is full of suffering. Her articles “There’s More to Life than Being Happy” and “Masters of Love,” originally published in The Atlantic, have been read more than 30 million times. Her writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time and other publications.
As an editor at the Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Smith manages the Ben Franklin Circles project, a collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Citizen University to build meaning in local communities.
Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Smith grew up in Montreal, Canada. She graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a master of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.
UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges the generous support of SAGE Publishing for its major corporate support of the 2017-18 season