How to Enjoy Life

How to Enjoy Life

Dissatisfaction and desire are central to our lives and have a deep value and importance. But there is also crucial value in knowing how to appreciate what we have - in learning how to feel grateful for what is already to hand.

How to Enjoy Life teaches us:

  • • The skills of appreciation and gratitude.

  • • How little we sometimes notice what is around us.

  • • How to awaken ourselves to the beauty and value of the things, people and ideas with which we are surrounded.

  • • How to properly absorb what is already precious in our lives.

  • • The art of sampling happiness without being sentimental or deluded - a skill we term ‘cheerful despair’.

    This class is a tool of re-enchantment. We are nudged into seeing how neglectful we can be of many phenomena that lack social prestige, not because we are bad or lazy, but because we are up against enormous obstacles to proper appreciation.

    Drawing especially on art and literature, the class gently and wisely encourages us to make more of what we have.

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This class is in a sequence with How Culture Can Change Your Life and The Meaning of Life which together cover The School of Life's ideas on culture. 

ABOUT CLASSES

Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity. 

To get an idea of what to expect from classes, workshops and events in our classroom, watch this short film. 

Details for Thu 4th May 2017

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TIMETABLE

18.40            Welcome buffet & drinks
19.00            Class commences
20.15            Break (times vary)
21.30            Class finishes

VENUE

The School of Life
70 Marchmont Street
London 
WC1N 1AB

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