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The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters

The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters

作者 : Emily Esfahani Smith

出版社 : CROWN

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比追求快樂更重要的事!
重塑對於「有意義的人生」的理解與定義


為了追求快樂而追求快樂,常讓人迷失自我、甚至帶來不快樂。然而,有意義的尋求卻能深化幸福感!只是,意義該去哪裡尋找?

人類文化中有種迷思,認為追求意義是種密教般的尋求:你必須遁入遙遠偏僻的修道院中,或是翻閱覆蓋著灰塵的泛黃古籍,才能理解人生的終極秘密。事實上,源源不絕的意義充滿著我們的生活、環繞著我們!所以,何必捨近求遠?

作者引用正向心理學(positive psychology)的最新研究、知名歷史人物的見解與智慧,還有與各界追求意義者的訪談,更走訪關係緊密的小村落、到美國德州西部觀星、出席幫助青少年面對失去親人的互助小組,探討如何在學校、工作場所與社區建立意義的文化,提出四大重點:

1.    歸屬:尋找有歸屬感的團體,與了解、認可與重視你的人發展人際關係。
2.    目標:藉由遠大的目標鞭策自己前進,讓我們得以為世界貢獻。
3.    說故事:將各種不同經驗整理成故事,使我們更加了解自己與世界。
4.    超驗:藉由超然的經驗,我們得以凌駕日常生活的世界,與更廣闊、更有意義的事物做連結。

作者從喬治.艾略特、托爾斯泰、卡謬、亞里斯多德、釋迦牟尼佛等知名歷史人物的智慧中得到靈感,要告訴您,相較於追求個人的快樂,尋求意義才能深化人生。正追尋著更豐富、更滿意的人生的您,絕對會對本書產生強烈共鳴!

This wise, stirring book argues that the search for meaning can immeasurably deepen our lives and is far more fulfilling than the pursuit of personal happiness.

There is a myth in our culture that the search for meaning is some esoteric pursuit—that you have to travel to a distant monastery or page through dusty volumes to figure out life’s great secret. The truth is, there are untapped sources of meaning all around us—right here, right now. Drawing on the latest research in positive psychology; on insights from George Eliot, Viktor Frankl, Aristotle, the Buddha, and other great minds; and on interviews with seekers of meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith lays out the four pillars upon which meaning rests.

Belonging: We all need to find our tribe and forge relationships in which we feel understood, recognized, and valued—to know we matter to others.

Purpose: We all need a far-reaching goal that motivates us, serves as the organizing principle of our lives, and drives us to make a contribution to the world.

Storytelling
: We are all storytellers, taking our disparate experiences and assembling them into a coherent narrative that allows us to make sense of ourselves and the world.

Transcendence: During a transcendent or mystical experience, we feel we have risen above the everyday world and are connected to something vast and meaningful.

To bring those concepts to life, Smith visits a tight-knit fishing village on the Chesapeake Bay, stargazes in West Texas, attends a dinner where young people gather to share their experiences of untimely loss, and more. And she explores how we might begin to build a culture of meaning in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities.

Inspiring and story-driven, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking a richer, more satisfying life.

From the Hardcover edition.
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