Martin Smengle

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Deeply influential

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Reviewed: 09-08-2019

This book is close to my heart. I saw Sue's TED talk and heard her being interviewed by Jordan Harbinger around the same time, and took the plunge to purchase this.

The fundamental idea in this book is that happiness, while a nice thing to feel, is not the thing we should be chasing. Rather, a life that has meaning is ,uchmore important. This can be reflected in our work, our personal lives and and our private thoughts. While this sounds counter-intuitive, it's absolutely correct. We are at our best when we work towards things that mean something to us, based on our fundamental. Of course with any such pursuit, ranging from anything from raising a child to being an elite athlete (extreme example), there is discomfort and pain.

Embracing such an approach is profoundly satisfying. On my own personal journey, the philosophical underpinnings of this work resonated with Russ Harris' work on acceptance and commitment therapy, which I had encountered personally.

Harris' work gave me a methodology to work with, but Emotional Agility contributed to a new philosophical outlook, which I am forever grateful for: "Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life."