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How To Be Alive

Author : Colin Beavan
ISBN : 9780062236722
Genre : Self-Help
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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

Fahrenheit 451

Author : Ray Bradbury
ISBN : 9780743247221
Genre : Fiction
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A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit.

The Power Of Now

Author : Eckhart Tolle
ISBN : 9781577313113
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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To make the journey into the Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the very first page of Eckhart Tolle's extraordinary book, we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where we breathe a lighter air. We become connected to the indestructible essence of our Being, “The eternal, ever present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle uses simple language and an easy question and answer format to guide us. A word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication, The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better.

The Happiness Animal

Author : Will Jelbert
ISBN : 1496081137
Genre : Psychology
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Will Jelbert had what many people would consider the ideal life: a well paying job, a beautiful wife and a great apartment, but he still wasn't happy. One day the life he knew came to an abrupt end when he was thrown from his bike, face first into the sidewalk of a Sydney street. After a year in recovery, Jelbert decided to dedicate the next three years to a happiness research project. The result: The Happiness Animal. The world's first dedicated exercise guide to happiness condenses the latest applied positive psychology research into a guide to five muscles for happiness. For each muscle, Jelbert provides five simple exercises that you can apply to your everyday life, without having to adjust your schedule. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the exercises in The Happiness Animal will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your happiness.. Editorial Reviews: * * * * * "Will has an incredible ability to say things that are logical and obvious, although without somebody pointing them out in the clear way he has done, most of us don't ever think them. He identifies the power of awareness, but before I read his book I was not even aware of many of my own thoughts'' - Danny Lawrence, BBC * * * * * "Will has captured an immense understanding of the inner workings of society's struggle to find happiness with a whole hearted and honest truth. The exercises explained are an excellent route back to the inner being of happiness. A must read for everyone!" - Sadie Oliver, LIFE magazine * * * * * "Will writes with honesty, authenticity and animation that allows the words on each page to come alive and live within the reader" - Lucy Proud, The Art of Being Voted "Best Happiness Book" on Goodreads

No Impact Man

Author : Colin Beavan
ISBN : 9781429952576
Genre : Nature
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A guilty liberal finally snaps, swears off plastic, goes organic, becomes a bicycle nut, turns off his power, and generally becomes a tree-hugging lunatic who tries to save the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his baby daughter and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons–loving wife along for the ride. And that's just the beginning. Bill McKibben meets Bill Bryson in this seriously engaging look at one man's decision to put his money where his mouth is and go off the grid for one year—while still living in New York City—to see if it's possible to make no net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no air-conditioning, no television . . . What would it be like to try to live a no-impact lifestyle? Is it possible? Could it catch on? Is living this way more satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or can our culture reduce the barriers to sustainable living so it becomes as easy as falling off a log? These are the questions at the heart of this whole mad endeavor, via which Colin Beavan hopes to explain to the rest of us how we can realistically live a more "eco-effective" and by turns more content life in an age of inconvenient truths.

Brave New World

Author : Aldous Huxley
ISBN : 0795311257
Genre : Fiction
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Huxley's bleak future prophesized in Brave New World was a capitalist civilization which had been reconstituted through scientific and psychological engineering, a world in which people are genetically designed to be passive and useful to the ruling class. Satirical and disturbing, Brave New World is set some 600 years ahead, in "this year of stability, A.F. 632"--the A.F. standing for After Ford, meaning the godlike Henry Ford. "Community, Identity, Stability," is the motto. Reproduction is controlled through genetic engineering, and people are bred into a rigid class system. As they mature, they are conditioned to be happy with the roles that society has created for them. The rest of their lives are devoted to the pursuit of pleasure through sex, recreational sports, the getting and having of material possessions, and taking a drug called Soma. Concepts such as family, freedom, love, and culture are considered grotesque. Against this backdrop, a young man known as John the Savage is brought to London from the remote desert of New Mexico. What he sees in the new civilization a "brave new world" (quoting Shakespeare's The Tempest). However, ultimately, John challenges the basic premise of this society in an act that threatens and fascinates its citizens. Huxley uses his entire prowess to throw the idea of utopia into reverse, presenting us what is known as the "dystopian" novel. When Brave New World was written (1931), neither Hitler nor Stalin had risen to power. Huxley saw the enduring threat to society from the dark side of scientific and social progress, and mankind's increasing appetite for simple amusement. Brave New World is a work that indicts the idea of progress for progress sake and is backed up with force and reason.

How To Be An Explorer Of The World

Author : Keri Smith
ISBN : 0399534601
Genre : Self-Help
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Encouraging readers to explore the world around in the roles of artists and scientists, an interactive handbook explains how to observe and document the science and art of everyday life. Original.

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