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May

Robert Rowland Smith on feeling lonely

To say that feeling lonely is different from being alone has become a commonplace: some people prefer their own company and that is that. So too the notion that one can be lonely in a crowd: you spend your days surrounded by others...
Posted by The School of Life
28
May

Alain de Botton on Envy

Olivier_othello1 Few emotions are as taboo for us as envy. If we chuckle at Gore Vidal's famous quip 'Every time a friend of mine succeeds, a small part of me dies,' it is because it gives us a rare chance to own...
Posted by The School of Life
28
May

Summer Reading Prescription

  Jaimie pic Summer is the time for losing yourself in love, in beauty, in the euphoria of youth or the intemperance of multifarious intoxications. We bibliotherapists at the School of Life feel now is the time to set off on a...
Posted by The School of Life
28
May

Robert Rowland Smith on Feeling Lonely

Birds To say that feeling lonely is different from being alone has become a commonplace: some people prefer their own company and that is that. So too the notion that one can be lonely in a crowd: you spend your days surrounded...
Posted by The School of Life
26
May

Next Week: Supertramp at The School Of Life

  Supertramp 'Supertramp', a new communal 'Future platform' initiative by recently founded Lehman B, is officially embarking on its maiden voyage in and around London from Wednesday the 2nd of June. Lehman B acts as a 'do-tank'...
Posted by The School of Life
23
May

Oliver James on Being Comfy in Your Skin

Workingmom Whilst interviewing about 50 mothers I came to the conclusion that it was best of all if they were comfortable in their skins (CISS). The two most CISS mothers I met had very different curriculum vitae. One had always only wanted...
Posted by The School of Life
21
May

Nick Southgate on Predicting Behaviour

Fortune teller card We often find ourselves wondering what people will do next. Will partners still love us? Our employers keep us in work? Will that old lady jump the bus queue? Or, even, who will form the next government with whom? Elections...
Posted by The School of Life
18
May

Mark Vernon on spirituality, not machinery

Metropolis1 You Are Not A Gadget, the new book by Silicon Valley luminary Jaron Lanieris, he says, fundamentally a book about spirituality. He is at pains to stress that humans are not machines, though the digital revolution has developed the habit of assuming...
Posted by The School of Life
17
May

Professor Brett Kahr on Celebrity Worship

Jolie-large In the wake of Big Brother and The X Factor, we have all become overnight experts on the psychology of fame, having convinced ourselves that we understand the hidden motivations of would-be celebrities better than they do themselves. The lust for superstardom...
Posted by The School of Life
14
May

Catherine Blyth on The Limited Uses of Worry

TheScream Ever lain awake, worries circling like vultures, plucking your nerves?  Then you'll  know that night terrors rarely precipitate firm decisions or plans of action, but more often quaking bones, exhaustion and a sense of helplessness.  Never is worry so useless. 'Feasting on maggots',...
Posted by The School of Life
13
May
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Timothy Eyre and Robert Wringham on Minimalism

Storage-blog-decluttering Epicurus is celebrated at the School of Life for his ability to find joy in the simplest things: the humblest food, the elements of nature and most famously a glass of water. His school of philosophy bequeaths to us a prudent design...
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