Short Take: How to Be Alive – Colin Beavan

The author of the best-selling No Impact Man is back with a book that asserts a core component of having a happier life is working to make a deeply positive impact on the world.

Easier said than done, right?

In How to Be Alive, Beavan explores everything from literature and philosophy to current science and his own and others’ experiences, to show the concrete steps one can take in making transformational lifestyle adjustments, big and small.  Whether you long to save the world, escape the 9-5 grind, find adventure, worry less about money, take better care of yourself, or simply spend more time doing the things that matter to you, this aims to be a useful and inspirational reference.

“[Inspires] readers to become involved citizens….The key is to identify and live in accord with one’s real values, engage in activities that provide intrinsic rewards, and avoid being overwhelmed by the scope of the world’s problems by choosing small, easy things to do first…. His style is accessible and colloquial, interspersing the text with tips and lists of action items. Beavan’s prescriptions add up to an encouraging approach to living a less materialistic, more fulfilling life.”
Publishers Weekly

 How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World (9780062236708) by Colin Beavan. $25.99 hardcover. 1/5/16 on sale.

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