How to Be Bored

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Lethargic inactivity can be debilitating and depressing; but for those living in the modern world, the pendulum has swung far in the other direction. We live in a hectic, hyperactive, over-stimulated age. Excessive busyness and overfilled schedules are the norm, as are their effects on our mental and emotional lives. How might we address and counter such problems, for the sake of experiencing our lives more fully?

In How to Be Bored, Eva Hoffman explores the importance we place on success, high level function, effectiveness and alertness in today's competitive society. In a world where it is almost impossible to be idle, she draws upon lessons from history, literature and psychotherapy to help us embrace boredom and find meaning in doing nothing - to appreciate real reflection and enjoy the richness of our inner and external lives.

The School of Life is dedicated to making our lives clearer, less puzzling and more enjoyable - by studying the big themes of life with the help of culture. This new series of self-help books continues to reinvent the genre, making it into something more serious, profound and genuinely helpful.
Alain de Botton

Books in the Series

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur
How to Think Like an Entrepreneur
How to be a Leader
How to be a Leader
How to Make a Home
How to Make a Home
How to Live in the City
How to Live in the City
How to Choose a Partner
How to Choose a Partner

Upcoming events

Eva Hoffman & Susan Quilliam —The School of Life:How to be  Bored / How to Choose a Partner

Eva Hoffman & Susan Quilliam —The School of Life:How to be Bored / How to Choose a Partner

East Riding Theatre

East Riding Theatre
, UNITED KINGDOM

19:30 on 16 October 2016 - 20:30 on 16 October 2016

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The School of Life is dedicated to making our lives clearer,less puzzling and " "more enjoyable.The brainchild of philosopher, Alain de Botton,the School of " "Life runs courses in the important questions of everyday life.Likewise,their " "self-help books aim to reinvent this genre with experts drawing on the world " "around us to create toolkits to tackle life's problems. Join writer,academic and " "cultural historian,Eva Hoffman,and relationship psychologist,Susan Quilliam, " "to discover answers to two important life questions:How to be bored and " "how to choose a partner.

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