Leading philosopher Alain de Botton shares five ways in which we might achieve greater emotional well-being. These include ideas to defeat the impostor syndrome, to overcome perfectionism, to learn the art of compromise and to become grateful and appreciative of what is still worth cherishing. He will also introduce his pioneering work with The School of Life, an organisation devoted to helping people lead more fulfilled lives. You will come away hopeful of what we can change and reassured that we are not alone in suffering.

This event is part of Life Lessons Festival, a weekend of big talks from big thinkers presented by The Sunday Times, featuring headline events in partnership with Penguin Live.

Life Lessons takes place at The Barbican, London on 15th and 16th February 2020. 

  • The School of Life

  • Discover everything you were never taught at school about how to lead a better life...

    'Amazing. He talk about sophisticated things in simple but not simplistic ways. A beautiful book that you should have in your home' Chris Evans

    By the bestselling author of The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel and The Course of Love

    'Alain de Botton likes to take big, complex subjects and write about them with thoughtful and deceptive innocence' Observer

    As heard on Elizabeth Day's How to Fail podcast

    We spend years in school learning facts and figures but the one thing we're never taught is how to live a fulfilled life. That's why we need The School of Life - a real organisation founded ten years ago by writer and philosopher Alain de Botton. The School of Life has one simple aim: to equip people with the tools to survive and thrive in the modern world. And the most important of these tools is emotional intelligence.

    This book brings together ten years of essential and transformative research on emotional intelligence, with practical topics including:

    - how to understand yourself
    - how to master the dilemmas of relationships
    - how to become more effective at work
    - how to endure failure
    - how to grow more serene and resilient

    The School of Life is nothing short of a crash course in emotional maturity. With all the trademark wit and elegance of Alain de Botton's other writings, and rooted in practical, achievable advice, it show us a path to the better lives we all want and deserve.

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