Emily Esfahani Smith – There’s more to life than being happy
The pursuit of “happiness” (in the sense of comfort, of feeling good) can make you unhappy and anxious: do I have the perfect home, the perfect job, the perfect spouse?
Emily Esfanahy Smith presents in comparison how to have a meaningful life, and this is based on 4 pillars.
The first 3 are known from positive psychology but the 4th was a revelation to me!
- Belonging: Be recognized and loved for who you are/recognize love others for whom they are
- Have a purpose, serve something that exceeds you
- To develop the best of oneself, to be in the “zone” through art, spirituality, etc…
- The narration of your life, that is the story you tell about your own life, and that gives it a sense, a coherence, a wisdom.