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Why Is Work so Boring? 06:09

Why Is Work so Boring?

Many of us find our work rather boring and when we do, we tend to blame ourselves. But there are very large-scale reasons, rooted in history and econo...


Published 2 days ago • Views: 242,263

by The School of Life
How to Enrich a Country: Free Trade or Protectionism? 08:06

How to Enrich a Country: Free ...

What is the best way to make a country rich? Should you adopt a policy of free trade? Or is protectionism and economic nationalism the better way? We ...


Published 4 days ago • Views: 128,692

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How to be a Friend to Yourself 04:11

How to be a Friend to Yourself

The person we may find it hardest to be kind and sympathetic to is, surprisingly, ourselves. Yet being a friend to ourselves provides the only viable ...


Published 7 days ago • Views: 281,823

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How to Overcome Shyness 05:59

How to Overcome Shyness

The secret to overcoming shyness is to remember that others are, beneath the differences, always substantially the same as we are. If you like our fil...


Published 1 week ago • Views: 363,642

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How the Right Words Help Us to Feel the Right Things 04:41

How the Right Words Help Us to...

Our feelings are often waiting for the right words to help us to experience them properly. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship wor...


Published 2 weeks ago • Views: 237,317

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The Nightmare of Colleagues 05:30

The Nightmare of Colleagues

Some of what makes our working lives especially difficult are those unavoidable features of most offices: colleagues… If you like our films, take a ...


Published 2 weeks ago • Views: 167,218

by The School of Life
What It 03:22

What It's Like Inside Our Mind...

It's remarkably hard to imagine what it might be like inside our minds. But doing so helps us to see that the real task of thinking should involve thr...


Published 2 weeks ago • Views: 157,826

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Be the Change You Want to See 03:04

Be the Change You Want to See

We so often complain that others around us aren't changing in this way or that. But one of the best ways of encouraging them to change is to change ou...


Published 3 weeks ago • Views: 217,779

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Why We Think About Other People During Sex 02:19

Why We Think About Other Peopl...

The idea of thinking of someone else during sex could seem the height of disloyalty. It is – in fact – simply the height of normality. If you like...


Published 3 weeks ago • Views: 175,327

by The School of Life
What our Wedding Vows should Say 05:39

What our Wedding Vows should S...

Some of the trouble of long-term relationships comes from the vows we say at the beginning. We should learn to reformulate what we say when we enter ....


Published 3 weeks ago • Views: 143,091

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Why it Probably Wasn’t Better Being Single 03:02

Why it Probably Wasn’t Bette...

We have a very unhelpful tendency – when in relationships – to idealise what it was like being single. We should learn how to bear proper witness ...


Published 4 weeks ago • Views: 386,509

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In Defence Of 04:12

In Defence Of 'Needy' People

We're used to being very down on so-called 'needy' people. But perhaps – in many situations – the problem doesn't lie so much with the apparently ...


Published 4 weeks ago • Views: 278,255

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The Poignancy of Old Pornography 06:16

The Poignancy of Old Pornograp...

There's something especially poignant about pornography in which all the participants are long dead. We explore the history of 19th century pornograph...


Published 4 weeks ago • Views: 277,397

by The School of Life
Why Love Is Never As Nice As It Should Be 05:57

Why Love Is Never As Nice As I...

Our relationships are often not quite as warm and perfect as they should be. That's perhaps because we're comparing them with a relationship in the pa...


Published 1 month ago • Views: 541,694

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Why You Still Have Time To Change Career 03:05

Why You Still Have Time To Cha...

We often feel as if we might have run out of time to change career. That's because we usually have a wrong understanding of time. If you like our film...


Published 1 month ago • Views: 223,639

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The Darkest Valentine 02:47

The Darkest Valentine

Love has many very dark sides. It is best to whisper them very quietly to ourselves – and those who are ready to listen. You can download this Valen...


Published 1 month ago • Views: 302,037

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Machiavelli’s Advice For Nice Guys 05:17

Machiavelli’s Advice For Nic...

Nice guys too often finish last; they need to read the advice of one of the wisest and most realistic thinkers in the history of philosophy: Niccolo M...


Published 1 month ago • Views: 714,769

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How To Be Confident 05:03

How To Be Confident

The fastest route to confidence is to stop being so attached to one's dignity and seriousness; and plainly admit that one is – of course – an idio...


Published 1 month ago • Views: 716,180

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Why Humanity Destroyed Itself 05:24

Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

The real reason we may destroy ourselves isn't really to do with politics or economics or even warfare. It has to do with our minds. If you like our f...


Published 2 months ago • Views: 471,793

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Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can 04:12

Why Germans Can Say Things No ...

German is a wonderfully inventive and bold language, full of gloriously long compound words for emotions and ideas that most languages struggle to all...


Published 2 months ago • Views: 1,843,598

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