• Life on Purpose

  • How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything
  • By: Victor J. Strecher
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-10-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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, Life on 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 to survive but to thrive.
Illuminating, accessible, and authentically grounded in real people's experiences, Life on Purpose is essential for everyone seeking lasting improvement in their lives.
©2015 Victor J. Strecher (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 11-05-16

A truly life-changing book

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

This is a phenomenal book about why you should live your life on purpose, and how to begin finding what your purpose is in the first place. Citing studies on how purpose-driven people do better overall in life ( and are happier), R.C. Bray illustrates why we shouldn't go through life in a daze, especially when times are tough. The story of his daughter and her health condition was heart-breaking and inspiring at the same time; he is truly a role model for anyone who has lost a loved one and feels disconnected from life and going about things aimlessly. I loved this book so much I started buying it for friends. It also has a free app available for your phone which helps you track if you're staying on purpose each day.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kristin on 04-17-18

Will read this many times, I'm sure

My grand daughter recommend this book to me. The author is her college professor. I loved the book and understand why she loves his class.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Big Chris on 06-05-16

Short Of What I Expected

Given the title and description I expected this to be an examination of how to discover and realise one's personal purpose. And the book starts off well. The positioning and preamble gives a good enough foundation.

But then the substance of "what is your purpose" is rushed over in a very few sentences: think about your goals; now, write down you're purpose! The headstone (death bed) exercise is through in for good measure but fails to build on anything written decades, our even centuries, ago.

The rest of the book is then nothing to do with (re)defining your purpose. It is a rehash of common good habits which the author tries to link to the title: eat well, exercise, sleep, make personal time, chill.

Very disappointing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 06-13-16

Highly recommended

I'm not one to review things (or write down life goals and purpose for that matter!) but I'll make an exception here- very inspiring and I can't recommend it enough. I feel that over time this may (and should) become the new 'man's search for meaning'- the earlier in life you can read these two books, the better.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 06-29-17

Easy listen but nothing groundbreaking

I found this easy enough to listen to, all the advice is good and valid, but to me it was basically a summary of a whole lot of fairly generic good advice.
Didn't find anything particularly original or profound or new, which was disappointing.
For example - there's a whole chapter on diet, and while it is - again - good advice - it's nothing you wouldn't find in any "good health" magazine. And didn't even come across as particularly relevant to having a Life Purpose.
There are a few anecdotal stories about specific people with a purpose, but nothing particularly powerful.
Not a bad book at all, but don't read it expecting to find any great secrets or profound wisdom about Life Purpose, just some general good advice.

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