Hello! I am a writer, journalist, and the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters (Crown). In my book, articles, and essays, I draw on psychology, philosophy and literature, as well as my own reporting, to write 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.
My articles "There's More to Life than Being Happy" and "Masters of Love," originally published in The Atlantic, have been read over 30 million times—a fact that surprises me, but that also tells me that people are yearning for a deeper way of being. My writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, TIME, and other publications.
I am an instructor in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also a columnist for The New Criterion, as well as an editor at the Stanford University's Hoover Institution, where I manage the Ben Franklin Circles project, a collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Citizen University to build meaning in local communities. The Circles are all about getting people together to have deep and meaningful conversations with one another about what it means to live well. If you're interested in joining or starting one—it's not hard—please reach out to me here.
Fun fact: I was born in Zurich, Switzerland. But I grew up in Montreal, Canada, and now live in Washington DC with my husband. I graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a master of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
For speaking engagements, I am exclusively represented by The Lavin Agency. Please visit my speaking page here for bio, topics, and videos. You may contact Charles Yao, Director of Intellectual Talent at Lavin, for more information, at firstname.lastname@example.org.