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The Two Most Important Days

The Two Most Important Days

How to Find Your Purpose - and Live a Happier, Healthier Life

Sanjiv Chopra and Gina Vild

Thomas Dunne Books




What are the two most important days in your life? "The day you are born and the day you find out why," Mark Twain famously wrote.

The search for happiness is hardwired in our DNA. It transcends age, gender, geography, vocation, and personal circumstances. But how do you achieve it?

Through inspirational storytelling, scientific evidence, practical advice, captivating exercises, and poetry, Dr. Sanjiv Chopra and Gina Vild present a powerful message that shows you how to achieve happiness no matter the challenges and stumbling blocks you face along the way. They also reveal the best way to be happy: Discover and live your life’s purpose. It’s a sure path to human flourishing. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that living with purpose can even add years to your life.

Do you know your life’s purpose? This book offers a path to discovering it by illuminating the value of gratitude, forgiveness, meditation, music, friendship and so much more. It will set you on the right path and spark sustained happiness, joy and bliss.



What Does It Mean to Live with Purpose?

I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.



Praise for The Two Most Important Days

“This book is a refreshing refuge from simplistic happiness prescriptions. The treasures found here illuminate the moment to moment choices we can make to build immunity and well being as we take a stand on what matters most.”
—Ellen Wingard, Global Leadership Coach for Social Impact

“Radiating a sense of joy and wonder throughout its pages, this book inspires reflection and offers simple yet important changes that will bring renewal and purpose to one’s life. Grounded in science, it illuminates a path forward with practical and engaging exercises and inspirational poetry.”
—Andrew Carroll, New York Times bestselling author and co-founder of the American Poetry & Literacy Project

“This majestic book has much wisdom to savor and practical steps to help you navigate life's many forks. I promise it will delight!”
—Deepak Chopra

"Sanjiv Chopra and Gina Vild have gracefully woven the wisdom of generations and recent scientific research into a delightfully practical understanding of how each of us can achieve happinessand, more important, how we can share it with others. You will definitely find yourself saying, 'Wow, I can do that!' And smiling to yourself."
—Richard Celeste, Former Governor of Ohio and U.S. Ambassador to India

"This delightful book will instruct and entertain. I can't think of anyone who would not find this useful; for many a reader it will be life-changing."
—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone

"Everyone will find warm, down-to-earth, commonsense approaches to making life richer and more satisfying. You will be inspired as you read it cover-to-cover and then return for practical reminders of what you can do today, in this moment, to bring more joy and meaning to your life."
—Robert Waldinger, M.D., Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development

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About the author

Sanjiv Chopra and Gina Vild

DR. SANJIV CHOPRA is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also a bestselling author and sought after motivational speaker. He lives in Boston.

GINA VILD is the associate dean and chief communications officer for the Office of Communications and External Relations at Harvard Medical School. She lives in Boston.

Sanjiv Chopra


Gina Vild

Gina Vild

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Thomas Dunne Books

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