Emily Esfahani Smith writes about culture and psychology for the Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Daily Beast and other publications. Born in Zurich and brought up in Montreal, she has an MA in applied positive psychology and lives with her husband in Washington.
"An intelligent page turner...illuminating...the book mounts a timely challenge" * PROSPECT * "Speaks to the yearning we all share for a life of depth and significance...Beautifully written and rigorously researched...reading it is a life-transforming experience" * SUSAN CAIN, authof of Quiet * "A beautiful book, full of hope. While drawing on the best scientific evidence, it also stirs us with powerful narratives of living full of meaning." * PROF RICHARD LAYARD, author of Happiness: lessons from a new science * "Evidence-based and inspiring, this is a book I've been awaiting for a very long time." * ADAM GRANT, author of Originals * "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 SEPPALLA, author of The Happiness Track *