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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, 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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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great booster shot to living a purpose-driven life

Whether you are coming at this with purpose in hand or searching, this book helps in sharpening the saw (using another books metaphor).

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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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  • Big Chris
  • 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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  • Andrew
  • 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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  • RossRoss
  • 05-19-16

sensational

R C Bray is a gifted orator. couple this gift with a story and message so powerful that it brought me to tears. read this book and then read it again. i challenge you not to be ever more inspired after.

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  • Zacki H.
  • 09-25-16

Great content, readers voice was annoying

Enjoyed this book and it's teachings

The readers delivery and voice really threw me off and made it uncomfortable to listen at times

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  • Paul Pichugin
  • 09-24-16

Great start but couldn't finish it

Really struggled to finish it, in the end I turned it off. The first few chapters were great and compelling, deeply touching personal story behind "why" this book. Then just over half-way through it turns into a book about transcendental meditation, yoga and I switched it off when the words "hive mind" were mentioned. Not at all the book described in the title or description.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-17-17

A useful guide

I enjoyed the book as the story provides a template to use to create a purpose and the narrator seemed to be passionate about the subject matter. Well worth the read.

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  • S. Davey
  • 11-09-17

love this book

loved it from start to finish. the right amount of depth and humour. thought and action provoking

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  • VP
  • 09-25-17

Better than most self-help books!

I’ve read a lot of self-help books, only to discover (maybe temporary) that there is no self (Waking Up by S. Harris);
Yet this one is a well structured, back to basics, and with a scientific flavour type of book.
Recommend it!

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  • Riley
  • 07-11-17

Worth the listen

First book I'll definitely listen to a second time, overall inspirational and thought provoking, with a mixture of science based and philosophy based conclusions tied to a heavy emotional beginning.

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  • Lisa
  • 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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  • Judith
  • 06-27-17

Brilliant

Just what I needed to hear. Grief goes on, but it's still possible to live a purpose filled life.