The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.

-Abraham Maslow-

Can we learn to live a good life after having carried extensive baggage into every relationship for decades? Can the study of philosophy help us be present while not putting us to sleep? Could we start developing emotional intelligence from the comfort of our iPhone?

Yes we can, thanks to one Swiss-born, British-based philosopher and writer, Alain de Botton and his project, The School of Life.

I know, you’re probably saying, all of these outwardly enlightened writers and scholars profess to have massive philosophical reading lists; some even claim to read a book a day. Well guess what, at The School of Life you can illuminate your understanding of the human experience while watching 5 minute videos on everything from Evolution to Envy.

If you are motivated and life permits extensive study, The School of Life boasts an extensive shop, here are a few of my favorite School of Life reads:

How to Stay Sane (The School of Life)

How to Choose a Partner (The School of Life)

How to Find Fulfilling Work (The School of Life)

I encourage you to check out the School of Life’s works, you will not be disappointed, and if you are, there’s even a video to help you through it.

Have an awesome weekend and Stay Wise!