S2E9: A Happy Life or a Meaningful Life?

In Episode 9, we spoke with Emily Esfahani Smith, a writer and editor, about her upcoming book. Emily writes about psychology, culture, and relationships for numerous publications including The AtlanticThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She is also the Manners and Morals columnist at The New Criterion and the managing editor of the Hoover Institution's Defining Ideas

In her book, due out in January 2017, Emily explores the differences between a happy life and a meaningful life and how different people find meaning in their lives. She writes about these ideas in many of her articles including "There's More to Life Than Being Happy" (January 2013, The Atlantic) and "Meaning is Healthier Than Happiness" (August 2013, The Atlantic). If you want to read more of her writing, we also recommend "Relationships Are More Important Than Ambition" (April 2013, The Atlantic) and "Masters of Love" (June 2014, The Atlantic). Emily appeared on CBS This Morning in June 2014 to discuss "Masters of Love" after it ranked as The Atlantic's most-read article of the week.

What do you think? Is it more important to lead a happy life or a meaningful life? How do you find meaning in your life? We want to hear from you! Email, tweet at, or Facebook us with your thoughts and opinions.

We at Vernacular wish you a very Happy New Year! Check back for new episodes in January 2016.