Tag Archives: the school of life

What does love look like to you?

As Valentine’s Day approaches here are 3 different views on what love is.  I have always thought that Valentine’s Day shouldn’t just be about celebrating romantic love but should also be about the love we share with many people (and pets) in our lives. What do you think?  How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?


What does love look like to you?

LOVE 2.0 by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson

The School of Life: the right person.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Posted by Shona Lockhart on 13th February 2015

Philip Zimbardo: how do we make sense of time

Last night I attended a fascinating School of Life event with psychologist Dr Philip Zimbardo and philosopher and School of Life faculty member Robert Rowland Smith who gave us their individual perspective on how we understand time.

Dr Zimbardo explained that life is about temptations which relate to time such as yes versus no, now versus later.  He repeated Walter Mischel’s famous marshmallow experiment which I have mentioned in a previous post about willpower but I thought this version was also worth sharing as it is really amusing. Dr Zimbardo made the point that the children who could resist the immediate temptation of one marshmallow now versus two later had already developed a future-orientation to time.  As Walter Mischel’s experiments had proved earlier, this future orientation was a strong indicator of the children’s future success in life.

Zimbardo – Marshmallow experiment

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Six Ways to Stop Worrying and Find Work You Love

Most of us spend the majority of our day at work so it is crucially important that the work that we do makes us feel happy and fullfilled. This article by Roman Krznaric from Yes magazine, which was originally published in The Huffington Post, looks at 6 ways to stop worrying about what to do to find a fulfilling job and some simple steps we can take to improve our sense of fulfillment at work.  Romans has also written a book on the subject entitled How to Find Fulfilling Work if you would like to read about this topic more.

Six Ways to Stop Worrying and Find Work You Love

Quitting work that leaves you unfulfilled requires a lot of courage. Here are six things you can do to get yourself ready to take the plunge.
Potter's hands

Photo by Shutterstock.

The idea of fulfilling work—a job that reflects our passions, talents and values—is a modern invention. Open Dr. Johnson’s celebrated Dictionary, published in 1755, and the word “fulfilment” doesn’t… Read the rest...

Happiness Experiment No 13: Dance more

As children and young adults dance is something that comes naturally to us and it is difficult to imagine a life in which we do not dance and move our bodies to music.  As we grow up we increasingly disconnect our heads from our bodies and dance becomes a less significant activity in our life, apart from the occasional boogie on the dance floor at a cousin’s wedding.  Positive psychology research tells us that getting your groove on can seriously improve your mental and physical health. Dr Peter Lovatt who runs the dance psychology lab at the University of Hertfordshire has pioneered research in to dance and its mood altering possibilities. This School of Life video from the Sunday Sermons series gives you an insight in to his fascinating research.  Watch the video and maybe you will be persuaded to put on your shoes and dance again.

Posted by Shona Lockhart, 25th April 2013

How to make a difference

How to make a difference [15 November 2012]

Have you ever wondered how you can change the world? Can anything which you as an individual do actually make a difference?  I firmly believe that individuals can and do make a difference and am currently reading “How to change the World” by John-Paul Flintoff which is full of practical ideas and stories about doing just that.  The book reminded me of a story in the Star Thrower – a book by philospher, Loren Eiseley.  It is better known as the starfish thrower and was made into a children’s story called Sara and the Starfish. The story goes as follows:

An old man had a habit of early morning walks on the beach. One day, after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing them into the ocean.

“Young lady,” he asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into… Read the rest...

Resilience Workshop

The Happiness Experiment blog posts have been focusing on resilience this week and I spotted this Resilience Workshop which will be run at The School of Life on 1st December 2012.

Resilience One Day Workshop [1 December 2012]

The course is run by Chris Johnstone whose book Find Your Power has been part of my resilience research this week.  I’m sure the course will be interesting.


Workshop description:

Resilience is the ability to withstand or recover from difficult situations. It includes our capacity to make the best of things, cope with stress and rise to the occasion. This one-day workshop offers a practical training in skills, strategies and insights that help our resilience grow.

Drawing on research from Positive Psychology and the plot structure of adventure stories, we will look at four key skills that raise our resilience:

• visioning skills that strengthen our sense of purpose by helping us see, and then head for, the outcomes that attract us

• creative problem-solving

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Self help shouldn’t be a dirty word

“Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune” Jim Rohn

I have always been a great believer in life-long education and I think that self-education is just as important if not more so than the formal education we receive in our traditional academic institutions. This self-education can take the form of participating in short courses or workshops but can also take the form of reading and putting in to practice what one has read. I would entirely agree with the quote above from Jim Rohn as I think the education you give yourself after you leave school or university is far more important than any paper qualification you may walk away with, although admittedly employers always like to see the pretty pieces of paper.  For this reason I was pleased to come across the following article by Jules Evans on his Philosphy for Life blog.  I liked the article because of its honesty and its wisdom and that for me is what… Read the rest...