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Author: Colin Beavan Narrator: Colin Beavan Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9780062444509
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“This is the book where self-help turns into helping the world—and then turns back into helping yourself find a better life. Fascinating and timely!”—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

What does it take to achieve a successful and satisfying life? Not long ago, the answer seemed as simple as following a straightforward path: college, career, house, marriage, kids, and a secure retirement. Not anymore. Staggering student loan debt, sweeping job shortages, a chronically ailing economy—plus the larger issues of global unrest, poverty, and our imperiled environment—make the search for fulfillment more challenging. And, as Colin Beavan, activist and author of No Impact Man, proclaims, more exciting.

In this breakthrough book, Beavan extends a hand to those seeking more meaning and joy in life even as they engage in addressing our various world crises. How to Be Alive nudges the unfulfilled toward creating their own version of the Good Life—a life where feeling good and doing good intersect. He urges readers to reexamine the “standard life approaches” to pretty much everything and to experiment with life choices that are truer to their values, passions, and concerns.

How do you stop placing limits on your potential impact? How do you make your choices really matter in everything from your clothing purchases to your career? How do you find the people who will most support you in your quest for a good life? To answer these questions and more, Beavan draws on classic literature and philosophy; surprising new scientific findings; and the uplifting personal stories of real-life “lifequesters”—people who are breaking away from those old broken paths, blazing fresh trails, and reveling in every step along the way.

“There is a movement afoot for a better life and Colin Beavan is its prophet, with a new book as powerful as his already classic No Impact Man.”—John de Graaf, coauthor of Affluenza

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Colin’s work is about asking us to think about what makes us truly happy and what’s really important in our lives.”

    Arianna Huffington

  • “This is the book where self-help turns into helping the world—and then turns back into helping yourself find a better life. Fascinating and timely!”

    Bill McKibben, cofounder of 350.org and New York Times bestselling author

  • “Colin Beavan’s book will help you inflict untold goodness upon the world—all the while making you a happier person. Highly recommended for any human with a conscience.”

    A. J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author

  • How to Be Alive is for anyone who wants both a better life and a healthier planet.”

    Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace US

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About the Author

Colin Beavan is an American nonfiction writer and Internet blogger. He was named one of MSN’s Ten Most Influential Men of 2007 and his blog No Impact Man was named one of the world’s top fifteen environmental websites by Time magazine.