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Carpe Diem : Seizing the Day in a Distracted World

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"Brilliant. One of those rare books that forces you to ask what the hell you're doing with your life."
--George Monbiot, The Guardian **One of Forbes' 13 Best Books for Summer 2017** We've all heard the saying "seize the day." But what does it really mean--and how can we use it to jumpstart our lives? In the age of distraction, carpe diem is more essential than ever, and yet many of us simply don't employ it in our lives. In this thought-provoking and empowering book, cultural writer Roman Krznaric unpacks the history, philosophy, and modern-day applications of "seizing the day" and delivers a rousing call to action for anyone who wants to improve their lives--or our world. Carpe Diem is a far-ranging read, drawing on everything from the neuropsychology of regret to the anthropology of play, from medieval carnival rites to religious conceptions of the afterlife and early Japanese cinema. Offering food for thought as well as inspiring takeaways, the book examines not just the contributions of great thinkers throughout history, but also reveals insights from the lives of great seize-the-day practitioners including nightclub dancers, war photographers, bored housewives, and committed revolutionaries--offering a wide range of solutions to the daunting challenge of leading a meaningful life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 18mm | 227g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1101983124
  • 9781101983126
  • 1,173,613

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"Insightful, inspiring, and instructive. Anyone who feels like time is moving too fast and things are out of their control will be reinvigorated by this thoughtful guide."
--John Gray, bestselling author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
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About Roman Krznaric

Roman Krznaric, PhD., is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living and social change. His previous books, which include Empathy, How Should We Live? and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in over twenty languages. He is founder of the world's first Empathy Museum and of the digital Empathy Library. He is also a founding faculty member of the internationally acclaimed The School of Life. Roman has been named by The Observer as one of Britain's leading popular philosophers. He has given talks everywhere from the Edinburgh International Festival to Google HQ in California. His US media work includes articles in the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine, and interviews on PBS television and WNYC Radio.
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