We know that our minds are capable of great things because, every now and then, they come out with a very brilliant idea or two. However, our minds are also tantilisingly unpredictable, spending worryingly large stretches of time idling or distracting themselves.

This is a book about how to optimise these beautiful yet fitful instruments so that they can more regularly and generously produce the sort of insights and ideas we need to fulfill our potential - and achieve the contentment we deserve. We learn - among other things - how to grasp fragile and flighty thoughts before they disappear through anxiety and fear, at what times of day to try to work and for how long, how to make use of our boredom and instincts - and how to overcome timid and predictable approaches to the largest problems. The result is nothing less than an operating manual to that most wondrous though intermittent and always baffling organ, the human mind.



ISBN: 9781912891139
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 23 Jan 2020
Publisher: The School of Life Press
Publication City, Country: United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 17.7(H) x 12.8(L)



***What readers are saying***

"A simple book presenting the human flaws present in our thinking. Easy to read and enlightening."

"Lucid, eloquent, insightful, brilliant and accessible, just like everything you do."

"Another brilliant collection of concise, thought provoking (literally) and edifying essays. Exercises are included to cement the ideas into your own thought processes.


Author Biography

The School of Life is a global organisation helping people lead more fulfilled lives. Through our range of books, gifts and stationery we aim to prompt more thoughtful natures and help everyone to find fulfilment. The School of Life is a resource for exploring self-knowledge, relationships, work, socializing, finding calm and enjoying culture through content, community and conversation. You can find us online, in stores and in welcoming spaces around the world offering classes, events and one-to-one therapy sessions.

The School of Life is a rapidly growing global brand, with over 4.4 million YouTube subscribers, 314,000 Facebook followers, 101,000 Instagram followers and 146,000 Twitter followers. The School of Life Press brings together the thinking and ideas of the School of Life creative team under the direction of series editor, Alain de Botton. Their books share a coherent, curated message that speaks with one voice: calm, reassuring and sane.

How to Think More Effectively: A Guide to greater productivity, insight and creativity

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