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How to Be Bored

How to Be Bored

The School of Life

Eva Hoffman



In the latest installment of the acclaimed School of Life series, learn how to make peace with your down time—and even benefit from it.

Lethargic inactivity can be debilitating and depressing, but in the modern world the pendulum has swung far in the other direction. We live in a hyperactive, over-stimulated age. Uninterrupted activity can seem exciting, but it can also leave us emotionally disorientated and mentally depleted. How can we recover a sense of balance and a richness in our lives?

In How to Be Bored, Eva Hoffman argues for the need to cultivate curiosity and self-knowledge and to relish moments of unplugged idleness and non-virtual contact with others. Drawing on psychoanalysis, neuroscience, and a wide range of literature, she emphasizes the need to understand our own preferences and purposes and to replenish our inner resources. This book aims to make readers more vigorously engaged in their lives and to restore a sense of depth and meaning to their experiences.

1.  Hyperactivity and Its Discontents


You’ve had a normal, and normally harried, day at the office. Urgent decisions had to be made on the hoof, and an awkward exchange with your...

Praise for How to Be Bored

“In an age of moral and practical confusions, the self-help book is crying out to be redesigned and rehabilitated. The School of Life announces a rebirth with a series that examines the great issues of life, including money, sanity, work, technology, and the desire to alter the world for the better.”—Alain de Botton, The School of Life Series Editor

“Self-help books for the rest of us.”—The New York Times


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Eva Hoffman

EVA HOFFMAN is a writer and academic. She is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including Lost in Translation: Life in a New Language, Illuminations, and Time, part of Picador’s Big Ideas, Small Books series.

Eva Hoffman


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