"This is not a book about how to be 'happy.' In fact, it’s a persuasive attack on the idea that happiness is a goal we should aim for in life. A search for happiness is destined to fail, Ms. Smith suggests, for such a search is self-centered. But by finding meaning outside ourselves, we can thrive." An "elegant," "helpful," and "valuable" book.  Read the full review from the Wall Street Journal here.

Adam Grant features The Power of Meaning in an article for LinkedIn, "New Books to Sharpen Your Mind in 2017": "Beautifully written and evidence-based, it’s a welcome departure from the flood of self-help books by gurus promising to unlock the secrets of happiness." You can read the piece here.

In his article, "The Story of Your Life," which focuses on The Power of Meaning's fourth chapter, "Storytelling," Rod Dreher writes, "Smith—a wonderful, engaging writer writes about the ways that all of us search for meaning.. [and] offers clear, compelling, and above all useful advice for how to live with meaning and purpose.” 

“An enlightening guide to discovering meaning in one’s life… Smith persuasively reshapes the reader’s understanding of what constitutes a well-lived life.”

Publishers Weekly

“Thoughtful… Underscoring the power of connection, the author assures readers that finding meaning is not the result of ‘some great revelation’ but rather small gestures and humble acts.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Beautifully written and rigorously researched, The Power of Meaning speaks to the yearning we all share for a life of depth and significance. In a culture constantly shouting about happiness, this warm and wise book leads us down the path to what truly matters. Reading it is a life-transforming experience.”

—SUSAN CAIN, author of Quiet

“A riveting read on the quest for the one thing that matters more than happiness. Emily Esfahani Smith reveals why we lose meaning in our lives and how to find it. Beautifully written, evidence-based, and inspiring, this is a book I’ve been awaiting for a very long time.”

—ADAM GRANT, author of Originals and Give and Take; professor at the Wharton School

“From sleep-deprived teens to overworked professionals, Americans are suffering from an epidemic of stress and exhaustion. It’s clear our definition of success is broken. As Emily Esfahani Smith shows, only by finding our purpose and opening ourselves to life's mystery can we find true well being. Combining cutting-edge research with storytelling, The Power of Meaning inspires us to zero in on what really matters.”

—ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, author of Thrive

“This powerful, beautifully written book weaves together seamlessly cutting-edge psychological research, moving personal narratives and insights from great literature to make a convincing case that the key to a good life is finding or creating meaning.”

—BARRY SCHWARTZ, author of The Paradox of Choice; emeritus professor of psychology, Swarthmore College

The Power of Meaning deftly tells the stories of people, contemporary and historical, who have made the quest for meaning the mission of their lives. This powerful yet elegant book will inspire you to live a life of significance.”

—DANIEL H. PINK, author of Drive

“The search for meaning just got a little easier, and a little more fun. To follow Emily Esfahani Smith in this great human quest is to undertake a rewarding journey with a sure-footed guide.”

—DARRIN M. MCMAHON, author of Happiness: A History; Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor of History, Dartmouth College

“All too often, we sleepwalk through life without examining it. The Power of Meaning shows us another path. How can we find purpose? What role does our work have in the search for meaning? This deeply researched—yet highly readable—book can help you answer those questions.”

—CHRIS GUILLEBEAU, author of Born for This and The $100 Startup

"A powerful invitation to live a life that is not only happy but filled with purpose, belonging, and transcendence. By combining scientific research and philosophical insights with moving accounts of ordinary people who have deeply meaningful lives, Smith addresses the most urgent questions of our existence in a delightful, masterful, and inspiring way."

—EMMA SEPPÄLÄ, author of The Happiness Track; Science Director, Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism