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.
Gabriel Gbadamosi is a poet, playwright, broadcaster and essayist. His London novel Vauxhall (2013) won the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize, Best International Novel at the Sharjah Book Fair and was runner-up for the McKitterick Prize. He was AHRC Creative and Performing Arts Fellow in European and African performance at the Pinter Centre, Goldsmiths, a Judith E. Wilson Fellow for creative writing at Cambridge University and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at City & Guilds of London Art School. He is a director of Wasafiri literary magazine and a trustee of the Arcola Theatre, London.
Raul Aparici is the Faculty Lead at The School of Life. He also works as a coach, consultant and facilitator and teaches on the Postgraduate Coaching Programme at Birkbeck, University of London . With a diverse background which includes a career in the fitness industry, a BA in English Literature and an MA in Critical Theory, he likes to match academic insights with real life wisdom. He has a particular interest in psychoanalytic concepts and is generally curious about the human condition.
Francesco Dimitri is an Italian author, business facilitator and executive consultant. He has worked with some of the largest Italian and European firms to increase their levels of emotional intelligence and insight. He developed a wonder-based approach to creative thinking and engagement.
David Waters is a journalist and a counsellor who works with couples and individuals in private practice in central London. He is an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). David regularly writes on men’s fashion and lifestyle for UK and international newspapers and magazine including the Telegraph, the New York Observer and Departures. He has been a faculty member at The School of Life since 2010.
Francesco Dimitri is an Italian author, business facilitator and executive consultant. He has worked with some of the largest Italian and European firms to increase their levels of emotional intelligence and insight.
Deamion Broni moved to London to study Business Management (Bsc) at King's College. He currently works for the NHS as a consultant facilitator of Expert Patient Programmes - workshops endorsing self care for people living with long term conditions. Deamion is also a performer, having previously worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) The Globe and The National Theatre, and a TV travel presenter focusing on design, architecture and fashion.
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How to Enjoy Life is one of the twelve classes that comprise our core curriculum. Our classes tackle the core themes of emotional life, from relationships and the workplace, to understanding the self and exploring our relationship with culture. You can explore the full curriculum here.
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.
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.
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