How To Be Alive by Colin Beavan

How To Be Alive by Colin Beavan

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Maxwell Ryan
Mar 4, 2016

Recommended reading - Here at Apartment Therapy we've always believed that happiness starts at home, so it's been great to follow the groundswell of books devoted to both happiness and home. Great books like The Happiness Project and Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin, as well as The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt have all opened up new ground. Just out this past month is a brand new book by Colin Beavan that ups the ante. Titled, How to Be Alive, Beavan's book follows up from his year living as No Impact Man and his subsequent book and film of the same name.

(Image credit: Colin Beavan)

This is a big book, over 400 pages, that dives deep into how to make changes in your day to day that will help you achieve a more satisfying and successful life. Key to the thesis here, and one that is a big differentiator, is Beavan's emphasis on not just helping yourself, but serving others.

Beavan believes that there is a groundswell of "Lifequesters" who are truly interested in living differently on the planet than their parents do/did. This book is devoted to them. To those who thirst for meaning and purpose, the book dives into topics that help to explain what you can do right away.

There are chapters on:

  • How to become authentic
  • How to change the easy things
  • How to parent
  • Finding your calling
  • Finding your spiritual path

I recommend the book and please do get back to me here in the thread if you've already read it. In the end, we can all use all the help we can get to see "beyond the fishbowl" that we live in and break through to our own truly happy life.

Colin Beavan
(Image credit: Colin Beavan)
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