Vic strecher life on purpose

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vic strecher life on purpose

Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything by Victor J. Strecher

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 wellbeing. 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 survive, but thrive.

Illuminating, accessible, and authentically grounded in real people’s experiences, Life on Purpose is essential reading for everyone seeking lasting improvement in their lives.
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Victor Strecher: "Life on Purpose"

Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything

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. 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. What is it? How can we discover it?

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Victor Strecher is a professor and director for innovation and social entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. - Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….

Her fragility and eventual death upended his thoughts on what life should be about and how to live it—and it moved him to write a book called Life on Purpose. The book is a meditative, at times inspirational, exploration of the nature of purpose—it both considers how philosophers have long debated the relationship between purpose and happiness and also shares uplifting stories of individuals who have discovered their purpose. But the book is also a review of the science of purpose, which has blossomed in recent years. For example, studies have found that for every one-point increase on a six-point scale measuring purpose in life, adults with heart disease have a 27 percent decreased risk of having a heart attack over a two-year period. For older adults, a one-point difference in purpose can mean a 22 percent decreased risk of having a stroke.

Vic Strecher, a behavioral scientist, is an energetic, trim, and youthful sixty-two year old. He has given hundreds of talks the world over. He jokes that his frequent flyer miles are sky-high. His TED Talks and recorded lectures, replete with PowerPoint presentations featuring trademark symbols from his graphic novel, On Purpose , have given him a YouTube presence and a popular culture crossover audience. He has long been admired for turning his research into practical applications and is the recipient of over a dozen prestigious awards. With the uniquely innovative spirit he brings to the field of public health, Strecher commands widespread admiration for his scholarship, and practical contributions to the area of public health. Strecher holds a Masters and Ph.


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