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Small Pleasures Card Set
Small Pleasures Card Set
Small Pleasures Card Set

The School of Life

Small Pleasures Card Set

€ 15,00
Small Pleasures Card Set is about beauty in overlooked things. Life’s small pleasures are displayed in beautiful photographs with accompanying text on the reverse side of each card.

We have a Romantic suspicion of the ordinary; taken to be mediocre and dull. Correspondingly we assume that those things that are unique, hard to find or unfamiliar will delight us much more.

Yet a lot of what makes life worth living isn't to do with great, heroic or costly things. It are those modest pleasures that are all around us, largely unnoticed. It might be a beautiful sky, the...
Small Pleasures Card Set is about beauty in overlooked things. Life’s small pleasures are displayed in beautiful photographs with accompanying text on the reverse side of each card.

We have a Romantic suspicion of the ordinary; taken to be mediocre and dull. Correspondingly we assume that those things that are unique, hard to find or unfamiliar will delight us much more.

Yet a lot of what makes life worth living isn't to do with great, heroic or costly things. It are those modest pleasures that are all around us, largely unnoticed. It might be a beautiful sky, the smell of freshly cut grass, or a friend who understands how we feel.

With beautiful photography and a few well-chosen words, this pack of cards gently prompts us to remember that life is more precious and richer than we generally allow. Drawing us back to an appreciation of the overlooked ordinary.

A pleasure may look very minor – eating a fig, having a bath, whispering in bed in the dark, talking to a grandparent, or scanning through old photos of when you were a child – and yet be anything but. These sort of activities may be among the most moving and satisfying we can have.
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About The School of Life

Alain de Botton founded The School of Life in 2008. His aim was to make philosophy — long seen as the inaccessible, inauthentic stuff of academies and archives — a functional aspect of modern life. The care with which ancient philosophers thought about their lives remains a valuable antidote to the generalised anxiety of our era.

The school thus posits that ideas of Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics are as relevant to us today as they were in ancient Greece. Even if Epicurus never had social media burnout, understanding his thinking can lead us to a healthier relationship with our phones — and by extension, with one another.

Developing emotional intelligence in the workplace
The working world can feel, at times, to operate with a dog-eat-dog intensity. We are often made to feel anxious or powerless by our jobs. Our colleagues can irritate or undermine, our bosses can demand too much while giving too little, our clients can be rude and difficult to please, and our assets are never quite liquid enough. So it goes.

We began stocking The School of Life’s series on work, gratitude and pleasure as a way of thinking through these issues. We admire these series for their capacity to stimulate reflection, and their ability to give a new perspective on age old problems. At its core, it is a set of strategies for finding meaning in the modern world.

The School of Life has had its own corner in our Amsterdam shop, and we’re proud to be one of their stockists in the Netherlands. You can browse our selection in store or on our web shop online.


Small Pleasures Card Set

Small Pleasures Card Set

€ 15,00