18 minutes | Jun 1, 2020

Episode 28 - Making Meaning instead of Chasing Happiness with Emily Esfahani Smith

Join Amina as she interviews Ms. Emily Esfahani Smith on the program over Zoom to talk about meaning making. Emily Esfahani Smith's Ted Talk titled “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy” has over 8 million views on Ted.com and over 3 million on YouTube. In this talk she explained that even though “our culture is obsessed with happiness” she learned “chasing happiness can make people unhappy” and that having meaning in life is more beneficial to individuals. Emily lets us know why she thinks this topic resonated with so many people and elaborates more on how she came to this conclusion. She also discussed her bestselling book, The Power of Meaning: Crafting A Life that Matters, where she names 4 pillars of meaning: belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence. Emily shares these with the audience and explains how they contribute to meaning making and ways to best cultivate them in our communities.
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