Life on Purpose

Life on Purpose

How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything

Book - 2016
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"A pioneer in the field of behavioral science delivers a groundbreaking work that shows how finding your purpose in life leads to better health and overall happiness. Your life is a boat. You need a rudder. But it doesn't matter how much wind is in your sails if you're not steering toward a harbor--an ultimate purpose in your life. While the greatest philosophers have pondered purpose for centuries, today it has been shown to have a concrete impact on our health. Recent studies into Alzheimer's, heart disease, stroke, depression, functional brain imaging, and measurement of DNA repair are shedding new light on how and why purpose benefits our lives. Going beyond the fads, opinions, and false hopes of "expert" self-help books, The Science of Purpose explores the incredible connection between purposeful living and the latest scientific evidence on quality of life and longevity. Drawing on ancient and modern philosophy, literature, psychology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and neuroscience, as well as his experience in public health research, Dr. Vic Strecher reveals the elements necessary for a purposeful life and how to acquire them, and outlines an elegant strategy for improving energy, willpower, and long-term happiness, and well-being. He integrates these core themes into his own personal story--a tragedy that led him to reconsider his own life--and how a deeper understanding of purposeful living helped him not only survive, but thrive. Illuminating, accessible, and authentically grounded in real people's experiences, The Science of Purpose is essential reading for everyone seeking lasting improvement in their lives"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062409607
0062409603
Branch Call Number: 158 Strecher 05/2016
Characteristics: viii, 280 pages ;,22 cm

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white_cobra_21
May 30, 2017

He has pulled together interesting research on how having a purpose genuinely affects us biologically and emotionally in life. He has pretty boiler plate ideas for developing a purpose (think about what you want to be said on your headstone, if you died tomorrow, what would you want to ensure you did today? etc.), and he goes out of his way to insult God and those who believe in any for of God - unfortunately, it seems his own experiences with God have left him with a bitter taste in his mouth that have biased his writing and driven him to find some way to be happy in this life while rejecting the love of his creator. In my opinion, you could save quite a bit of time and google "developing a purpose statement" and read of few of those blogs.

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Dngies12
Feb 07, 2017

This book was scattered and had no real sense of direction. If someone is looking for actual guidance, this wouldn't be very helpful.

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beckythecat1
Jun 06, 2016

Interesting and thought provoking but not so much that I will use any of his ideas.

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