What is the meaning of life? Why do I feel unfulfilled and unhappy? How can I successfully build a joyous, meaningful life? The Essence of Living examines these questions through three stories that serve as metaphors leading to a simple, life-altering truth: Joy and meaning are achieved by living a different story than we were taught. Living in our spiritual amnesia, we forgot where we came from and lost faith in the worthiness of our lives. The Essence of Living helps us question ideas that lead us to lives of struggle, and replace them with approaches that bring joy and meaning. Robert A. Giacalone, Ph.D. is the Daniels Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics at the University of Denver. He is the author/editor of nine books in business psychology, spirituality, and ethics. His work has been cited in a variety of sources, including the Christian Science Monitor, Time, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and U.S. News and World Report. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, and the author of the blog, The Essence of Living (www.happinessisessential.com).