How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World

How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World

by Colin Beavan

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ISBN-13: 9780062236708
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 891,178
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Writer and social change activist Colin Beavan attracted international attention for his year-long lifestyle-redesign project and the wildly popular book, No Impact Man, and the Sundance-selected documentary film that it inspired. He has appeared on Nightline, Good Morning America, The Colbert Report, The Montel Williams Show, and NPR, and his story has been featured in news outlets from Time magazine to the New York Times. A sought-after speaker by wide-ranging audiences, he also consults with businesses on improving eco-friendly and human-centered practices. Beavan is the author of two other books, Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America’s First Shadow War and Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, the Atlantic, and the New York Times. He is the founder of the No Impact Project and a dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Writer and social change activist Colin Beavan attracted international attention for his year-long lifestyle-redesign project and the wildly popular book, No Impact Man, and the Sundance-selected documentary film that it inspired. He has appeared on Nightline, Good Morning America, The Colbert Report, The Montel Williams Show, and NPR, and his story has been featured in news outlets from Time magazine to the New York Times. A sought-after speaker by wide-ranging audiences, he also consults with businesses on improving eco-friendly and human-centered practices. Beavan is the author of two other books, Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America’s First Shadow War and Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, the Atlantic, and the New York Times. He is the founder of the No Impact Project and a dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Kind of Life Do You Want? 1

Part I The New Facts of Life

1 The Awful Stories We Tell Ourselves to Make Ourselves Small 35

2 Understanding the Truth of Your Relationship to the World 60

3 The Lifequester's Mind Hacks 67

4 The Unifying Theory of Changing Your Life and Your World 84

Part II How to Want What You Really Want

5 The Coolest Part of Being a Lifequester 89

6 What Are People For? 96

7 How to Know How Many Regrets You Will Have on Your Deathbed 104

8 What Science Says About Where You Will Actually Find Purpose and Meaning 110

9 Why Most of Humanity Seems to Be Headed Straight Toward Those Deathbed Regrets and How to Change Course 136

10 A Last Word on Why the World Would Be Safer and Happier If We Wanted What We Really Want 147

Part III The Gentle Path

11 A Journey of a Thousand Miles, Etc., Etc. 151

12 Identifying the Easy Parts 157

13 Eat How You Want to Live 174

14 Own What Really Makes You Happy 198

15 How to Get Around and Where to Stay Put 226

16 How to Become a True Citizen 241

Part IV Finding Your People

17 The "Real" Thing in Relationships 255

18 When the Black Sheep Finds Its Flock 258

19 Success in Everything That Matters 272

20 Build It as You Like It 289

Part V Who to Parent

21 The Many Ways of Parenting (Including Not Having Kids) 303

22 Some Reasons People Do and Don't Have Children 311

23 Parenting Other People's Children (and Letting Others Parent Yours) 324

24 Deciding Whether to Be a Bio Parent 338

Part VI Walk Your Path

25 Learn to Discern 347

26 How Can I Help? 351

27 The Life of Your Time 372

28 Thriving in Your Corral 383

29 Building a Corral Where You Live 397

Part VII Rise Above the Noise

30 What It's Like to Be Human 407

31 The Freedom of No Escape 414

32 The Science of Truth 419

Epilogue: The Last Word 428

Resources: How to Join the Ongoing Conversation and Get the How to Be Alive Workbook 434

Acknowledgments 435

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