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Books in brief: The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahan Smith

"In a world that seems caught between pure hedonism and divisive sectarianism, the book mounts a timely challenge"

By Naomi Goulder   March 2017

The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith (Rider, £14.99)

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Everyone wants to be happy. But our cultural obsession with happiness is wrong. What makes for a good life is not happiness, but meaning.

So argues the writer Emily Esfahani Smith in an intelligent page-turner that mobilises a wide range of social-psychological data—including a vast recent study into suicide by Shigehiro Oishi and Ed Diener—and ideas from the likes of Aristotle, Friedrich Nietzsche, William James, Émile Durkheim, Viktor Frankl and Albert Camus, to make the case for…

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