A Simpler Life
A guide to greater serenity, ease, and clarity
by The School of Life
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 31 May 2022 | Archive Date 18 May 2022
This book explores ideas around minimalism, simplicity and how to live comfortably with less.
We live in a complicated, frenzied, and noisy world, filled with too much information, too many products, ideas, and opinions. As a result, many of us long for simplicity: a pared down, more peaceful, and less cluttered life.
This book is a guide to the simpler lives we crave and deserve. In it, we learn about Zen Buddhism, modernist architecture, monasteries, psychoanalysis, and why three good friends and a few treasured belongings are enough.
Taking a psychological approach, the book also guides us toward inner simplicity. For too long we've been drowning in excess, clutter, and confusion. A Simpler Life helps us tune out the static and focus on what really matters.
DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE practical ways to get rid of physical and psychological clutter.HOW TO BE DIRECT advice on adopting a simpler, more straight-forward mindset.THE APPEAL OF MINIMALISM looks at why more of us are drawn to a pared down existence.HOW TO SIMPLIFY everything from relationships, social life, lifestyle, and work.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 31 members
"A Simpler Life" is a practical and inspiring book for anyone interested in living, well...more simply.
Even though the book was not written in the first person, it contained many examples throughout history of people who led simple lives. I enjoyed reading the historical perspectives. It was a refreshing change from the first-person anecotes that can be found in many personal development books on the market today.
The book covered five main topics: relationships, social life, lifestyle, work and culture. Within each topic were numerous subtopics to reflect upon.
I would not consider "A Simpler Life" a step-by-step how-to manual, but a "soul-level-facilitator" to help the reader analyze their own life, habits and practices.
I don't often re-read books. This one is worth having on hand to read multiple times and reference.
I’ve read a few of the School of life books and regularly watch the videos. This book is my favourite to date. Every chapter made me stop and pause. Two quotes in particular stood out for me. The first on the news. “There’s so much ‘news’ we need to know in order to flourish; so little of it happened in the last few hours.” And the second on travel, “ that the pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.”
I will now read the news and how to travel, and start my reflection journal.
This book really helped me to kickstart an old habit I’ve been slack doing. Journaling.
Thank you School of Life for your work. It’s inspirational.