. Two authorities on popular culture reveal the ways in which art can enhance mood and enrich lives - now available in paperbackThis passionate, thought-provoking, suggesting that it can be useful, and always-accessible book proposes a new way of looking at art, often funny, relevant, and therapeutic.
On Human Flourishing: A Poetry AnthologyMcFarland #ad - This collection of verse brings together poems of felicity, capturing what it means to be well in the fullest sense. Great literature is more often praised for compelling depictions of conflict and tragedy than for moving portrayals of happiness and well-being. Presented in 14 thematic sections, awe, inspiration, justice, love and lust, growth, the delights of the senses, oneness with nature, ecstasy, irreverence, righteousness, gratitude and compassion, relation to the sacred, self-love, hope, these works offer inspiring readings on wisdom, and unity.
At times elegant, at others blunt, these poems reflect on what it means to live a rich, fulfilling life.
Energize Your Workplace: How to Create and Sustain High-Quality Connections at Work J-B-UMBS Series Book 5Jossey-Bass #ad - Corrosive work relationships are like black holes that swallow upenergy that people need to do their jobs. In contrast, high-qualityrelationships generate and sustain energy, equipping people to dowork and do it well. Through compelling and illustrative stories, Energize YourWorkplace offers managers, executives, and human resourceprofessionals the resources they need to build high-qualityconnections in the workplace.
Author jane duttonprovides three pathways for turning negative connections intopositive ones that create and sustain employee resilience andflexibility, facilitate the speed and quality of learning, andbuild individual commitment and cooperation. Grounded in solid research, this book uses energy as ameasurement to describe the power of positive and negativeconnections in people's experience at work.
The Architecture of Happiness Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - The achitecture of happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations. One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, buildings, chairs, and streets that surround us.
And yet a concern for architecture is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.
How Proust Can Change Your Life Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - As relevant today as they were at the turn of the century, being a good host, among other things, recognizing love, enjoying your vacation, reviving a relationship, Proust's life and work are transformed here into a no-nonsense guide to, achieving original and unclichéd articulation, and understanding why you should never sleep with someone on a first date.
He might well change your life. Alain de botton combines two unlikely genres--literary biography and self-help manual--in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life. Who would have thought that marcel proust, one of the most important writers of our century, could provide us with such a rich source of insight into how best to live life? Proust understood that the essence and value of life was the sum of its everyday parts.
How Proust Can Change Your Life Vintage International #ad - It took de botton to find the inspirational in Proust's essays, perhaps even more surprising, letters and fiction and, to draw out a vivid and clarifying portrait of the master from between the lines of his work. Here is proust as we have never seen or read him before: witty, intelligent, pragmatic.
Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Blending deep respect with total impiety, de botton a non-believer himself proposes that we look to religion for insights into how to, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, build a sense of community, among other concerns, make our relationships last, inspire travel and reconnect with the natural world.
For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing some peculiar doctrines or doing away with a range of consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? the long-running and often boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved forward by Alain de Botton’s inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are entirely false—but that it still has some very important things to teach the secular world.
Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion Vintage International #ad - Religion for atheists suggests that rather than mocking religion, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from it—because the world’s religions are packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies. At last, in religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.
The Consolations of Philosophy Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - From the author of how proust can change Your Life, a delightful, truly consoling work that proves that philosophy can be a supreme source of help for our most painful everyday problems. Perhaps only alain de botton could uncover practical wisdom in the writings of some of the greatest thinkers of all time.
Consolation for envy -- and, of course, the final word on consolation -- comes from Nietzsche: "Not everything which makes us feel better is good for us. This wonderfully engaging book will, however, make us feel better in a good way, with equal measures of wit and wisdom. Dividing his work into six sections -- each highlighting a different psychic ailment and the appropriate philosopher -- de Botton offers consolation for unpopularity from Socrates, for inadequacy from Montaigne, for frustration from Seneca, for not having enough money from Epicurus, paradoxically, and for a broken heart from Schopenhauer the darkest of thinkers and yet, the most cheering.
The Consolations of Philosophy Vintage International #ad - But uncover he does, and the result is an unexpected book of both solace and humor.
The School of Life: An Emotional EducationThe School of Life Press #ad - 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. It is arguably the single most important skill for surviving the twenty-first century. Emotional intelligence affects every aspect of the way we live, from romantic to professional relationships, from our inner resilience to our social success.
. Using his trademark mixture of analysis and anecdote, he considers how we interact with each and with ourselves, philosophical insight and practical wisdom, and how we can do so better. 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.
The School of Life: An Emotional Education #ad - 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.
On Love: A NovelGrove Press #ad - Now, in tandem with the arrival of the course of lovede Botton’s first novel in twenty years and one about mature lovewe celebrate the timeless debut about young love that serves as The Course of Love’s precursor and companion. Reissued with a brilliant introduction by the new york Times bestselling author of How Should a Person Be?, Shelia Heti, On Love is a contemporary classic that should be read by anyone who has ever fallen in love.
Each stage of the relationship is illuminated with starling clarity, as de Botton explores emotions often felt but rarely understood. On love is globally bestselling novelist-philosopher Alain De Botton’s iconic debutthe novel that launched his decorated literary career; and a funny, profound, and searingly true-to-life exploration of love.
On Love: A Novel #ad - A man and a woman meet over casual conversation on a flight from Paris to London, and so begins a love storyfrom fist kiss to first argument, elation to heartbreak, and everything in between.
The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life's HurdlesHarmony #ad - Then, and embrace life in light of the unprecedented challenges we've recently faced, or on the job • achieve greater physical health• Bolster optimism, take chances, the system at the heart of The Resilience Factor will teach them to:• Cast off harsh self-criticisms and negative self-images• Navigate through the fallout of any kind of crisis• Cope with grief and anxiety• Overcome obstacles in relationships, parenting, there’s never been a greater need to boost our resilience.
Just as hundreds of thousands of people were transformed by "flexible optimism, " readers of this book will flourish, thanks to their enhanced ability to overcome obstacles of any kind. Everyone needs resilience, and now two expert psychologists share seven proven techniques for enhancing our capacity to weather even the cruelest setbacks.
The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life's Hurdles #ad - Resilience is a crucial ingredient–perhaps the crucial ingredient–to a happy, healthy life. The science in the resilience Factor takes an extraordinary leap from the research introduced in the bestselling Learned Optimism a decade ago. Karen reivich and andrew shatté are seasoned resilience coaches and, they prove that resilience is not just an ability that we're born with and need to survive, through practical methods and vivid anecdotes, but a skill that anyone can learn and improve in order to thrive.
Readers will first complete the Resilience Questionnaire to determine their own innate levels of resilience. Without resorting to feel-good pap or quick-fix clichés, The Resilience Factor is self-help at its best, destined to become a classic in the genre. More than anything else, from battling an illness, to bolstering a marriage, it's what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, to carrying on after a national crisis.
The Course of Love: A NovelSimon & Schuster #ad - The result is a sensory experience—fictional, philosophical, psychological—that urges us to identify deeply with these characters and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. De botton’s name in the mid-1990s…. Love is the subject best suited to his obsessive aphorizing, and in this novel he again shows off his ability to pin our hopes, methods, and insecurities to the page.
This is a romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. An engrossing tale that provides plenty of food for thought” People, Best New Books pick, wise, this playful, and profoundly moving second novel from the internationally bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership.
But what comes after? in Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term relationship is as simple as “happily ever after. The course of love explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence.
The Course of Love: A Novel #ad - Fresh, and utterly compelling, visceral, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love. There’s no writer alive like de Botton, and his latest ambitious undertaking is as enlightening and humanizing as his previous works” Chicago Tribune. We see, along with rabih and kirsten, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, the first flush of infatuation, and the course of life thereafter.