Life on Purpose

  • by Victor J. Strecher
  • Narrated by R. C. Bray
  • 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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A truly life-changing book

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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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- Elizabeth "Freelance writer, digital strategist, holistic wife/mother, and long-time digital nomad."

Not what I expected

Had some good tips but, a lot of this book is devoted to healthy living and not as much as I would have liked on the spiritual side. I don't feel I got a lot out of this book that I didn't already know.
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- Richele McLeod

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio