What They Forgot to Teach You at School


Essential emotional lessons needed to thrive

by The School of Life
edited by Alain de Botton

What They Forgot to Teach You At School contains a number of useful tips to minimize the risk of living someone else’s life… it’s a manifesto for going to your grave without regrets” – Irish Times 

We probably went to school for what felt like a very long time. We probably took care with our homework. Along the way we surely learnt intriguing things about equations, the erosion of glaciers, the history of the Founding Fathers, and the tenses of foreign languages.

But why, despite all the lessons we sat through, were we never taught the really important things that dominate and trouble our lives: who to start a relationship with, how to trust people, how to understand one’s psyche, how to move on from sorrow or betrayal, and how to cope with anxiety and shame?

The School of Life is an organization dedicated to teaching a range of emotional lessons that we need in order to lead fulfilled and happy lives – and that schools routinely forget to teach us. This book is a collection of our most essential lessons, delivered with directness and humanity, covering topics from love to career, childhood trauma to loneliness. 

To read this book is to be invited to lead kinder, richer, and more authentic lives – and to complete an education we began but still badly need to finish. This is homework to help us make the most of the rest of our lives.

  • EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE essential skills and lessons to help you thrive at work, at home, and in relationships.
  • GIFT beautifully packaged in premium gift format.
  • A HELPFUL GUIDE to what really matters, written with directness and humanity.
  • A PRIMER ON LIVING WELL philosophical concepts simplified and applied to modern life.

Hardcover | 144 pages | The School of Life | 2021

The School of Life is a London-based organisation built to help us find calm, self-understanding, resilience and connection – especially during troubled times. The School of Life Press was established to condense their learning into a collection of wise and considered texts. The titles are designed to entertain, educate, console and transform.

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