- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc (23 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062409603
- ISBN-13: 978-0062409607
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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"Vic Strecher provides us with the true secret to living life with health and wellness. The prevention of heart disease is much more than what we eat and the amount of activity we do, it is living your life with purpose."--Suzanne Steinbaum, M.D. Director of Women's Heart Health at the Heart and Vascular Institute, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City
"Victor Strecher has written what I would best describe as a 'gift.' He gifts us the ability to define our purpose and immediately start instilling into our own lives. Make no mistake, understanding this concept is not only good for your health -- it is good for the whole world."--Sanjay Gupta, New York Times bestselling author and Chief Medical Correspondent CNN
"In an eloquently written collection of real life stories, relevant evidence-based research, and his own personal journey, Dr. Strecher compels the reader to develop a strong transcending purpose in life. Life on Purpose should be a part of every personal and leadership development must-read list."--Bob Carr, President-elect of the American College of Preventive Medicine
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Imagine a drug that was proven to add years to your life, reduce risk of heart attack and stroke, cut your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by more than half, help you relax during the day and sleep better at night, double your chances of staying drug- and alcohol-free after treatment, activate your natural killer cells, diminish your inflammatory cells, increase your good cholesterol, and repair your chromosomes. What if this imaginary drug reduced hospital stays so much that it put a dent in the national health care crisis? The pharmaceutical company who made the drug would be worth billions. The inventors of the drug would receive Nobel Prizes and have institutes named for them. But it’s not a drug. It’s purpose. And it’s free.
Victor Strecher, an award-winning pioneer in the field of behavioral science and professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, lost his nineteen-year-old daughter, Julia, to a rare heart disease that resulted from an infant case of chicken pox. This life event challenged every aspect of Strecher’s personal and professional experience and drove him to an exhaustive search, from ancient philosophy to cutting-edge science, to pinpoint the potential and impact of purpose in our lives. What is it? How can we discover it? And what does the latest research tell us about the importance of how purpose affects our overall health and happiness?
The results of this groundbreaking investigation are revelatory and the crux of this engaging book. But Life on Purpose does more than just provide the latest science, it offers a step-by-step program for improving energy, willpower, health, and long-term happiness. Strecher’s smart, personal, and highly practical book will fundamentally change the way we understand what it means to lead a good life.
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A Six-Step Guide to Help You Discover Your Purpose in Life
Adapted from Life on Purpose by Victor J. Strecher
Your purpose is your fingerprint. Your DNA. It’s the statement that separates you from your boss, the street urchin in Mumbai, and your jerk of a brother-in-law. Your 'best purpose' becomes your inner motivator, turning on the ignition switch in your brain to transcend the noise in your life and focus on what matters most.
Step 1: Consider what matters most to you from the following list of core values.
Select three that you care about the most in your life, or if you have one that is not listed here, go ahead and use that one.
Once you've selected your top three values, spend some time (or write down) why each value is important to you.
Step 2: Think about a person or people you'd like to emulate (not imitate).
This can be a family member, historical figure, public figure, or even cartoon character. This is your purpose, and you can choose whatever mix of people you like.
Step 3: Take the Headstone Test.
Draw a headstone, write your name on it, and write in your date of birth. For the date of death, write "TODAY." What would your epitaph be? What would you want people to say at your memorial service?
Step 4: Determine what goals in your life matter the most.
To make this easier, you can break these into personal, family, work/school, and community goals that you deeply value.
Step 5: Assemble your goals into an overall life purpose.
Stop and ask yourself, "Is this purpose bigger than myself? In living toward this purpose, will I treat others the way I would like to be treated?"
Step 6: Post your purpose in a place you'll see it every day.
Make sure you can recite your purpose to yourself or others. Consider sharing your purpose with the people who are close to you. If the purpose doesn’t seem to fit you, change it until it does.
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On a side note, the author attempts to play nutritionist for a large segment raving about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which felt largely out of place. It's relevance is only thinly connected to the larger topic of the book.