At the end of the year, we tend to reflect on life, and sometimes vow to make positive changes in our behavior. When it comes to our hopes and dreams, it often feel like we are fighting a losing battle, but how much of that is simply perception? Alain de Botton and the School of Life has produced a lovely volume of essays, advising readers on the art of living a fulfilled life, with the emphasis on emotional intelligence. This book can be dipped into at your leisure, and provides the reader with the tools to thrive in this modern day chaos that we call society.— From Mark B.
How to live wisely and well in the twenty-first century--an introduction to the modern art of emotional intelligence.Emotional intelligence affects every aspect of the way we live, from romantic to professional relationships, from our inner resilience to our social success. It is arguably the single most important skill for surviving the twenty-first century. But what does it really mean? One decade ago, Alain de Botton founded The School of Life, an institute dedicated to understanding and improving our emotional intelligence. Now he presents the gathered wisdom of those ten years in a wide-ranging and innovative compendium of emotional intelligence which forms an introduction to The School of Life. Using his trademark mixture of analysis and anecdote, philosophical insight and practical wisdom, he considers how we interact with each and with ourselves, and how we can do so better. From the reigning master of popular philosophy, The School of Life: An Emotional Education is an essential look at the skill set that defines our modern lives.