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Alain De Botton

A Convincing Argument For Why Flirts Are The Best Kind Of People

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.13.2017 | Divorce

People who flirt aimlessly tend to get a bad rap. After all, if you have no intention of pursuing someone, what’s the point of pouring on the charm?...

If You Don't Want To Marry, Here Are 7 Alternatives

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.19.2016 | Divorce

Marriage and monogamy certainly aren’t perfect, but are the alternatives any better? In a new video from The School of Life YouTube channel, philos...

Sorry, But All Your Favorite Love Stories Are Ruining Your Love Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.19.2016 | Divorce

Well isn’t this ironic: The love stories we read and watch are screwing up our actual love lives. In a new video from the The School of Life, accla...

Why This Author Says ‘The Bachelor’ Is Ruining Your Relationships

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 07.12.2016 | Arts

It’s a Monday night and you’re watching “The Bachelor.” Season after season you (somewhat) reluctantly return to the reality series, hate-twee...

How To Get Over Rejection (And Your Ex) Once And For All

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 06.15.2016 | Divorce

When your partner leaves you, getting over the heartbreak can feel like an impossible task. What you may need to process the pain is a change in pers...

The School of Life: An Interview With Alain de Botton

Mark Matousek | Posted 05.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

The author of "How Proust Can Change Your Life" tells it like it is Alain de Botton is one of my favorite living writers. Best known for brilliant, g...

How To Decide If You Should Break Up, In Five Minutes

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 04.21.2016 | Divorce

Breaking up is hard to do -- but it's especially hard to do in modern times, philosopher Alain de Botton says in a new video from The School of Life. ...

Where to Philosophize in New York City

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.23.2016 | New York
Skye Cleary

New York City moves fast and aspirations soar higher than skyscrapers. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre described it as a place for people who can focus to infinity and whenever he stopped walking quickly, he felt anxious.

The Deepest Truth About Love: A Response to Alain de Botton

Paul Wallace | Posted 11.04.2016 | Religion
Paul Wallace

What he is saying is that love is in fact an illusion, but we must, in fact, live like it's not. We must live like there's something more than physics, because life cannot be endured for the sake of mere endurance.

A Digital 'Wailing Wall' Sends Your Anonymous Thoughts To The World

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.23.2015 | Arts

The Wailing Wall is a 187-foot ancient wall located in the Old City of Jerusalem. In Judaism, the site is believed to be the only remnant of the Holy ...

A City in Flow Motion: An Architecture Cruise Through Space and Time

Jack Skelley | Posted 07.28.2016 | Travel
Jack Skelley

Perhaps most notable are London's iconic new skyscrapers popularly renamed for their shapes. The Shard is the Renzo Piano-designed 87-storey sheath piercing the sky. (And shattering sales records, reportedly, for its condominium apartments.)

Game of Thrones, Common Worship, and Community: Singing Together Against the Dark

Greg Garrett | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Greg Garrett

By bringing together a group of people gathered not because of their age, race, occupation, or wealth but because of their commitment to shared values and experience, the liturgy breaks down the divisions between us.

Where Fashion, Pop Art and Perspective Meet Performance

Jocelyn Jeffery | Posted 02.07.2015 | Style
Jocelyn Jeffery

Philip Colbert created fashion label The Rodnik Band, which plays with pop art to create dresses that replicate artwork like Marcel Duchamp's Urinal.

Inside The World Of Misemployment

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 11.03.2014 | World

Whenever unemployment comes down, even if only very slightly, it sounds like really good news. It’s great that productive forces in the economy are ...

The Psychology Of Color

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 10.27.2014 | World

Alongside the notes of the musical keyboard and the letters of the alphabet, colours provide the building blocks of our emotions. It is not for nothin...

This Video Will Help Put Life's Little Stresses In Perspective

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living

Stress, anxiety and busyness are, unfortunately, a part of everyday life for most of us. When we operate from a place of stress and frantic energy, ev...

The Mysterious Great Philosopher Who Will Teach You All About Daoism

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 10.13.2014 | World

Little is truly known about the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu (sometimes also known as Laozi or Lao Tze), who is a guiding figure in Daoism (also transl...

Why Works Of Art Can Shake Us To Our Core (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts

“Art and love are the same thing," the writer Chuck Klosterman wrote in Killing Yourself to Live. "It’s the process of seeing yourself in things t...

When Philosophy Becomes Therapy

The Atlantic | Lauren Davis | Posted 09.24.2014 | World

Philosophy has earned a reputation as a complicated, inaccessible, and irrelevant pursuit, consigned mostly to old white men in wood-paneled offices. ...

The Real Reason You're Struggling To Live A Life Of Gratitude (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living

We've all heard the expression, "Happiness is wanting what you have," and can intuitively recognize its wisdom. Why, then, do so many of us struggle t...

It's Becoming

Francis Levy | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

What the mathematician John Allen Paulos (Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences) doesn't take into consideration in his recent Scie...

The Three Mistakes Atheists Make

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Advocates of atheism continue to appear, each new wave of thinkers reshaping what has come before. What Philip Kitcher has to say is ultimately neither new nor convincing. He makes the same mistakes that most others make who argue the case for atheism or secular humanism.

Celebratory Travels

Diana M. Raab | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Looking back on my life, I realize I have been lucky to have taken a number of memorable celebratory trips.

Why You Should Sign Off Social Media And Enjoy 'The Brief Time' You Have Left

The Washington Post | Caitlin Dewey | Posted 06.06.2014 | World

Alain de Botton is a beloved (and prolific) pop philosopher, with a shelf-full of books and two very popular TED talks to his name. So when the Swiss-...

5 Great Ideas From the Travel Book That Changed My Life

Hunter Styles | Posted 05.17.2014 | Books
Hunter Styles

Not many of my friends have heard of Alain de Botton, the author of trim, thoughtful books like How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Consolations o...