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If you are one of the fortunate few with a rewarding career, a fulfilling family life and time to pursue leisure activities you find joyful, then entrepreneur Courtney E. Martin’s terrific book will confirm what you probably already know. But if you are among the restless majority searching for meaning in life, you may find that Martin’s insights perfectly capture your feelings. She writes of the growing discontent many Americans feel as they work hard, make money and buy things, yet sense that something is missing. Martin contends that happiness cannot come from materialism and routine; instead, she says, it grows as you identify and follow your core values and connect with others. Many people now reject long hours of work in favor of home life or creative pursuits. Her grounded, perceptive descriptions capture a malaise that plagues many, and that you might be able to address, first, simply by unplugging from your cellphone. getAbstract recommends her ideas to those seeking contentment and peace of mind.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why people question traditional values and beliefs,
  • How the definition of success changes,
  • What people mean when they say they have “enough,” and
  • How constant use of electronic devices impedes personal communication and relationships.

About the Author

Entrepreneur Courtney E. Martin has written five books and is a weekly columnist for On Being. She presented a popular TED Talk, and her work appears in The New York Times and The Washington Post.



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