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The School of Life

Small Pleasures

by The School of Life

Small Pleasures

The School of Life

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A thoughtful collection of essays on the small, everyday sources of pleasure that bring us closer to our inner life, emotions, and personal experiences of happiness.

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Small Pleasures

by The School of Life

Small Pleasures

The School of Life

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Contemporary culture, built on productivity, competition, and material possessions, has led us to believe pleasure can only come from things that are big, rare, and expensive. Learning to appreciate small pleasures - the abundant, accessible, everyday experiences that bring us joy - can help us become more attuned to our emotions and better understand the world around us.

Small Pleasures is a collection of 52 insightful essays about finding enjoyment in simple acts of communication, taking care of oneself and others, listening, thinking, eating, and organizing each day as it comes.

The School of Life is an educational company co-founded by Alain De Botton, a British philosopher and bestselling author. The School of Life focuses on finding ways in which philosophy can help us understand and overcome the concerns of everyday life – relationships, parenting, careers, and finding happiness.

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"We're primed to recognise the attractions of Venice but less educated in the ways a stroll in the park can be just as nice."

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