The School of Life for Business

The School of Life is a global organisation helping people lead more fulfilled lives.  

We teach 20 emotional skills to help businesses thrive in the modern economy.


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Playfulness - Currently available in-person only. Virtual version coming soon

Too often we think of play as something reserved for children, or worse, for the lazy, idle, and irresponsible. But playfulness is serious business. It helps us connect to one another in an authentic way, recover from high-stress situations, enjoy our work, and remain curious about the world around us..

In this two-hour session, we will:

• Consider the role of play in connecting with colleagues, clients, and customers

• Learn about the role of humour in building rapport and addressing conflict

• Practise using play to generate new ideas and solutions to pressing problems

• Learn ways to make our daily routine more adventurous and playful

What characterises mastery of this skill?

Playful employees bring fun and humour to their work. They thus create an open and enjoyable team atmosphere. They might consciously choose humour to ease and resolve conflicts. Overall, this provides a relaxed space in which to practice and experiment with new ideas, free from the fear of failure..

What characterises a lack of this skill?

Employees lacking playfulness tend to be rather serious. They have difficulties with thought experiments and with tolerating failure. It might also be hard for them to bring variety into the tasks of their team thus contributing to a rather boring and monotonous work atmosphere.

"Someday, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again."— C. S. Lewis


"It allowed me to to consider everyday experiences from a different perspective"