The opa! way

THE OPA! WAY

Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work

Authors: Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon

Publisher: BenBella Books

Hardcover (ISBN: 978-194036325-7); Audiobook (Tantor Audio: ISBN: 978-1494503925); Kindle/eBook formats

Greek Edition: Hestia Publishers, Athens, Greece

Category: MEANING, Self-Help, Motivational, Work


The book has received many favorable reviews and accolades, including:

  • 2016 International Book Awards: Finalist, Self-Help: Motivational Category
  • 2016 IAN (Independent Author Network): Finalist, "Self-Help / How to" Book of the Year
  • 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards: Winner, Self-Help Book of the Year
  • 2015 NATIONAL (USA) INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Winner, Self-Help: Motivational Book of the Year
  • 2015 Beverly Hills International Book Awards: Winner, Self-Help Book of the Year
  • 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Finalist, Self-Help Book of the Year
  • 2014 Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards: Finalist, Self-Help Book of the Year
  • 2014 USA Best Book Awards: Finalist for Self-Help:Motivational Book of the Year
  • New York Journal of Books Review
  • Top 10 Motivational Books (Amazon)


"Stop looking for happiness and start looking for Meaning."


There is a Crisis of Meaning in our lives, work, and society.  More and more people are feeling unfulfilled, stressed, and empty.  It's not about the pursuit of happiness which doesn't help us deal with the tougher issues in life.  It's not about power and it's not about purpose.  It's about Meaning.  Meaning is emerging as the next hot topic in personal, organizational, and societal transformation.


Bestselling authors Dr. Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon traveled to Greece to answer the question, "how can we live a meaningful life?"  Inspired by the wisdom of ancient Greek philosophy, mythology, and traditional village values, and backed by years of research, they demystify the topic of meaning by developing a new paradigm, a new lifestyle based on the common Greek word, "OPA!"


Structured around the three core lessons, the authors provide unique insights, stories, practices, pathways, and practical "how to" tools for finding Meaning in everyday life and work:


"In times of crisis, when we are struggling or lacking fulfillment, we need to go back to the basics in life and search for the sources of true meaning.  Meaning is all around us, waiting to be discovered.  Because meaning is not only the fuel that drives us toward our goals in life and sustains us during difficult times but also is the primary link to our core essence, it is imperative that we make the search for meaning a priority in our lives."


"The specific goal of our work is to take this complex topic, demystify it, and make it more accessible to people by outlining specific action steps that can be taken to find more meaning in their daily lives."


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