Reasons to Be Hopeful

What remains consoling, inspiring and beautiful

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Pub Date 01 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 04 Jul 2023

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An exploration of the many reasons to remain hopeful in the face of life's disappointments and challenges.

In a world that isn’t short of darkness, there could be few more urgent priorities than to spend time rehearsing for ourselves why life – despite all its challenges – still has so much to offer us; why there are still so many reasons to be hopeful.

Here is a collection of some of the most persuasive arguments for staying on the side of optimism, creativity, kindness, calm and hope. Across a series of essays, we learn why we still have the right to feel purposeful and buoyant despite everything that is challenging: because there is still so much more to discover, because love can triumph sometimes, because we can delight in summer days and the light of dawn, because we are not alone in our suffering, because we are never far from the option of a slice of cake or a bath, because we are very small things in a mighty and beautiful universe and because we don’t require perfection for things to feel good enough.

In a tone that avoids the pitfalls of sentimentality and cynicism, the book urges us to reconnect with our more resilient selves, bidding us to recover faith in what is still possible. At points funny and always encouraging and kind, here is an ideal friend to guide us back to courage and delight.

  • A TOOL TO ASSIST US IN OUR SEARCH FOR A REASON TO BE: the book is an eclectic collection of short essays on wide-ranging subjects, from an extraordinary encounter between Mick Jagger and an unfamiliar Jesuit priest to the escapism found in Iranian cinema.
  • HOPEFULNESS FOR PESSIMISTS: an honest and accessible guide to navigate us through the darkness to light.
  • ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT: with a vibrant mix of artworks, photography and illustration.
  • A HIGHLY RELATABLE BOOK: that offers comfort and support in our darker moments, while guiding us towards an optimistic future.

An exploration of the many reasons to remain hopeful in the face of life's disappointments and challenges.

In a world that isn’t short of darkness, there could be few more urgent priorities than to...

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I follow this author on YouTube and the web, but I had never read any of his books before. I am happy to say that the quality of advice is the same if not better with his book form. This is advice to help people to remain calm through the vicissitudes of life.

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Thank you once again NetGalley for the ARC <3 y'all rock!

I went into this book thinking it was like Matt Haig's positivity-vibes.

It is NOT.

My goodness, this book goes through all the negative feelings of life and mediocrity in such a fantastic way. You won't understand until you read it and be enlightened.

It's super short too!

Very unique, I felt like I was understood as a human being.

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In today's fast-paced and often uncertain world, it is easy to get bogged down by the negativity that surrounds us. The School of Life's book, "Reasons to Be Hopeful," serves as a breath of fresh air, offering readers a chance to rekindle their sense of optimism and find solace in the small yet significant reasons for hope that exists in our lives.

The book is a masterful compilation of essays, stories, and reflections that delve into various aspects of life, from personal growth and relationships to societal progress and environmental conservation. Each chapter is meticulously crafted, weaving together thought-provoking insights and real-life examples that demonstrate how hope can be found even in the most challenging circumstances.

One of the standout features of "Reasons to Be Hopeful" is its emphasis on practicality. The authors do not merely present abstract concepts or philosophical musings; instead, they provide actionable advice and strategies for cultivating hope in our daily lives. This makes the book an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to improve their outlook on life and better navigate the complexities of the modern world.

Another notable aspect of the book is its inclusive approach. The School of Life has done a commendable job of ensuring that the content is relatable and relevant to a diverse audience. Regardless of one's background, beliefs, or experiences, there is something in "Reasons to Be Hopeful" that will resonate with every reader.

In terms of style, the book is engaging and accessible. The language is clear and concise, making it easy for readers to absorb the wealth of information presented. Additionally, the use of anecdotes and personal stories adds a human touch to the narrative, making the lessons and insights all the more impactful.

In conclusion, "Reasons to Be Hopeful" by the School of Life is a must-read for anyone seeking to rediscover the power of hope in their lives. With its blend of practical advice, thought-provoking insights, and heartwarming stories, this book has the potential to transform one's perspective and foster a newfound appreciation for the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.

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