School of Life

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From the makers: The School of Life is an organization built to help us find calm, self-understanding, resilience and connection - especially during troubled times.

We place emphasis on the need to understand ourselves better, so that we can secure serenity and make optimally reliable decisions, particularly around love and work.

Coloring as Therapy Posters 

Coloring is not just an activity for children, but an enjoyable and therapeutic pastime for adults too. 

We work hard to juggle the many challenges and complexities of modern life, and we need time to relax and recharge. The simple, meditative act of coloring in lines on a page can help to alleviate anxiety, sharpen our concentration, and cultivate a deep sense of calm.

You don’t need to be an artist to create a masterpiece. Our illustrators have designed these posters with collaboration in mind. Using their framework as a guide, we encourage you to exercise your imagination as you select your colors and fill in between – and outside – the lines.

An ideal activity for time spent alone or shared in the company of friends.

Emotional First Aid Kit

A box of wise emergency advice for 20 key psychological situations, including: friendship, love, sex, work and self.

We know how useful it can be to have a first aid kit to hand. A kit naturally can’t solve everything, but what counts is that it is immediately present and at once highly effective. It contains what’s most urgently needed to contain a situation - until calm returns or more substantial help can be called for.

This is a counterpart to that medical first aid kit, an emotional kit that provides a set of useful salves to some of life’s most challenging psychological situations.

Hopefully we won’t face them very often (if at all), but knowing how we might respond can lend us an important degree of confidence and resilience. This kit is an artful collection of some of what the wisest and kindest, most experienced and most thoughtful people might say to us if they were beside us in a crisis.

Emergencies Include:

  • ‘I can’t sleep’

  • ‘I’m in the wrong job’

  • ‘I might be turning into an addict’

  • ‘I’m so envious’

  • ‘I don’t know how to make friends’

  • ‘I will never find the right partner’

  • ‘I’m going to be disgraced’

  • ‘I’m a failure, I’ve wasted my life’

How to Use the Kit

You might...

  • Keep the kit somewhere close to hand in readiness for life’s most testing moments.

  • Read through the whole kit to steel yourself for challenges you may one day face.

  • Give one to a friend experiencing a moment of crisis.

The design is modelled after medical first aid kits, reminding us of the crucial importance of emotional as well as physical health.  

 

20 printed booklets in box | 157 x 115 x 45mm | Contains adult content

Know Yourself Prompt Cards

60 prompt cards designed to help lead you through the important task of knowing yourself a little better in life.

It can be hard to understand who we really are: what we want, how we feel and why we react as we do. This lack of self-knowledge can lead us into unhappy relationships, unsatisfactory jobs, and unsustainable spending habits. No wonder Socrates summed up all the counsel of philosophy in just two words: 'Know Yourself'.

These Know Yourself Prompt Cards are designed to assist us in a journey of self-knowledge. They present us with a range of ideas and questions that encourage self-reflection, allowing us to become a little more aware of what we really need and what our priorities and potential might be. Each card carries an exercise on one side and a piece of analysis on the reverse to help you gain insight and clarity on that ever elusive subject: yourself.

Example Cards

  • Q: If I knew I couldn’t fail, in my professional life, I’d try to...
    A: We are often so scared of being humiliated by the gap between our aspirations and our reality that we don’t even dare to voice any aspiration - thereby conclusively ensuring that it can never come true. We owe it to ourselves to state what we deep down feel we could do and be - even if it never comes right.

  • Q: What sort of things have made you envious recently?
    A: We’re taught to be appalled by envy and never to feel it. But the things and people we envy in fact provide us with a very important map of our desires - which can teach us vital clues about ourselves. Keep a diary of envious feelings; and allow an autobiography of your future to emerge from it.

The design is graphically minimal, using neutral colours and a nostalgic Swiss 1950s typeface to set the tone for uncluttered thinking.

How to Use the Cards

You might...

  • Lay out the cards out on a table and contemplate the questions at hand.

  • Go through one card each day to fully focus on each question and encourage long term self reflection.  

  • Note down with a pen and paper some of the changes you would like to make and inner milestones you would like to reach moving forward.

60 cards in box | 104mm x 73mm x 36mm.

15 Minute Timer

An elegant hourglass sand timer which measures 15 minutes precisely from the start of each turn.

In our time-pressed and information-rich world, it can be a challenge to find a moment for ourselves. Our lives are so busy and frenetic; we are always forgetting to make time for what really matters. The result is that anxiety builds and nagging concerns emerge in unhelpful ways.

This hourglass sand timer reminds us to carve out 15 minutes a day for what truly counts. It demarcates a very modest and manageable period to dedicate to the important things we so often let slide - finally writing that letter to an old friend, rationally analyzing our career ambitions, or playing in a concentrated way with a child. It’s an antidote to wasted days and a counter to the urge to procrastinate, prompting us to do a minimum of what really counts.

How to Use This Hourglass Sand Timer

You might...

  • Keep the sand timer on your desk or a shelf in the kitchen.
  • Set aside 15 minutes to weigh the pros and cons of a decision, to talk to someone you love or to carry out an activity you care about - but so rarely remember to give time to.
  • Give the timer to a friend who’s complained about the lack of hours in a day.

The subtle grey color and clear graphics make this product both call attention to itself and step back when not needed. The tiny ‘15’ on the glass is a subtle reminder as to its purpose: to allocate a bit of time to the things that give our lives their meaning.

Glass timer | instruction booklet and box |13 x 5.5 cm

Who Am I?

A guided journal with psychological exercises to develop self-understanding. 

One of the trickiest tasks we ever face is that of working out who we really are.

If we're asked directly to describe ourselves, our minds tend to go blank. We can't just sum ourselves up. We need prompts and suggestions and more detailed enquiries that help tease out and organise our picture of ourselves.

This book is designed to help us create a psychological portrait of who we are with the use of some unusual, oblique, entertaining and playful prompts. The book is filled with exercises to help us develop our self-understanding within key areas of our lives - helping to create a rich picture of our existence. 

Chapters Include: 

  • Psychology
  • Relationships
  • Sex
  • Other People
  • Work
  • Utopia
  • Sorrow & Compassion
  • Re-enchantment

Example Exercises:

Psychology - Conscience and Guilt

For many centuries, conscience was thought of in religious terms as a moral voice – stemming from God – in our heads, judging the goodness or badness of our actions and intentions. It would lead us to feel guilty when we transgressed
and sometimes prompt us to do the right thing when there was a chance.

1) How active is your conscience?

2) What makes you feel guilty?

3) What do you rather easily allow yourself to get away with?

Work - Ambitions

Any working life involves a balance between worldly and authentic concerns, a balancing act between what the world requires and what we like.

1) Rank in order of importance for you in your career: Money, Status, Creativity, Social Impact, Colleagues.

2) What do you hope for in each area?

Utopia - Utopian Cities

We all know that cities are nowadays far too expensive… but what do you think about the scale of buildings and streets, the architectural styles and the life at ground level?

1) Think of three cities you’ve really liked: what are they getting right?

2) What do you you think the ideal city would be like?

Hardback journal with exercises | 160 pp | 228mm x 160mm x 15mm | Coloured pages with navigational tabs