Emily Esfahani  Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith


Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. She draws on psychology, philosophy & literature to write about the human experience—why we are the way we are & how we can find grace & meaning in a world that is full of suffering. Her articles "There's More to Life than Being Happy" & "Masters of Love," originally published in The Atlantic, have been read over 30 million times. Emily is an instructor in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a columnist for The New Criterion, as well as an editor at the Stanford University's Hoover Institution, where she manages the Ben Franklin Circles project, a collaboration with the 92nd Street Y & Citizen University to build meaning in local communities. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Emily grew up in Montreal, Canada. She graduated from Dartmouth College & earned a master of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.