On the surface, “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” is a book about the afterlife. In his #1 New York Times bestselling book, author Mitch Albom tells the story of a man who dies, while saving a little girl. He then has an unexpected journey through heaven. But, if you dig a little deeper, this book is actually more about the meaning of life here on Earth.

Is There Something Wrong with the Way We Define “Success?”

After he dies, the book’s main character, Eddie, is introduced to five people, whose lives he changed through his everyday kindness.

In a conventional sense, Eddie is not a “successful” man. During his time on earth, he didn’t build a business empire. He didn’t change the world. He wasn’t a celebrity.

The message of “The Five People that You Meet in Heaven” is that accomplishing great things is not the meaning of life. Living with authenticity, with love and kindness, is the best way to make a difference in the lives of others.

This is an important message. How many of us go through each day wondering if we really matter? Do you downplay the importance of your life? Do you sometimes feel like your job is useless? Do you question whether you are making a difference in the world?

What is the Meaning of Life, Really?

Mitch Albom’s book invites us to look at the meaning of life differently. It tells us that we all have the potential to change the lives of others through our day-to-day actions. We are all unique and precious. We have the potential to change the world in profound ways, just by caring for others.

Furthermore, since each person we help is changed by our love, there is a multiplier effect to our actions. The more we help others, the more they are able to change the world in positive ways. In this way, our good actions ripple through the universe like waves of positivity.

Why Does “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” Resonate So Strongly with Our Community?

When I asked the Life After Death community to tell me which books about the afterlife had impacted their lives, several readers mentioned: “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.”

After reading the book for myself, I can see why it has such an impact. It shares the simple, yet powerful, wisdom that in order to help others reach their potential, we must first believe in ourselves.

This book tells us that, even if we don’t know all of the connections that we are making through our kindness, they are there, guiding us towards a divine understanding of how the world works. We may not be able to see the connections, while we are here on earth, but, that doesn’t make them any less real.

Believe in Yourself, Believe in the Universe, Believe in Hope

I hope that this book inspires you to live a proud life, filled with passion, kindness and hope. If you are looking for a place to start, please consider the following small actions that you can take today to make the world a better place:

  • Do you have a skill that you can share with the world by volunteering?
  • Is there anyone that you want to thank for their kindness?
  • Can you pay more attention to the small things that others need help with?
  • Can you teach yourself to be grateful for the gifts that you have been given in this life?
  • Will you commit to doing one small thing a day that makes someone happier?

I hope that you enjoy reading “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” as much as I did. More importantly, I hope that you will take the book’s message to heart and think about how you can make a big difference in the lives of others through small kindnesses.

What are you going to do to make the world a better place today? Don’t wait to get started! This is your time. Make it count!