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Lost Connections Course
by Johann Hari
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Session 1: Listen to signals
Feelings of unhappiness, or even anxiety and depression, are often signals that we need to change an aspect of our
lives. Today, start paying attention to those signals.
Session 2: The chemical imbalance story
In this culture, we’ve often been told one simplistic story about depression and anxiety. It’s helpful to question it
and to ask if other factors are at work. In this Session, reflect upon your story.
Session 3: Where depression thrives
Depression and anxiety thrive in the right conditions. In this Session, identify the aspects of your own life that you
could start to address and change.
Session 4: Two way connections
It’s time to dig into your lost connections. Today, look at the relationships in your own life and how they could become
Session 5: Born to bond
Often, when you feel bad, you try to do something for yourself, like buy yourself something. That’s what I did. But I
learnt first-hand how another perspective can be more helpful. Find out what it is in this Session.
Session 6: Collective solutions
In this Session discover how being part of a community can have profound positive effects for you – and for everybody
Session 7: Life online
Are you an Instagram addict, or just an occasional tweeter? Online habits reveal much about our offline lives too. In
this Session, reflect on your Internet use and what it says about ocnnections in your life.
Session 8: Constant comparison
Envy makes you miserable – but our society pushes us to constantly compare ourselves to others. In this Session, learn a simple technique to experience less jealousy and more joy.
Session 9: Control at work
Which role in a company is the most stressful and miserable? Running things at the thop, or working at the bottom of the corporate hierarchy? Find out in this Session.
Session 10: Connect to work
According to the best research, the vast majority of people in our culture don’t currently enjoy their jobs. How about you? Today, reflect on how to find or fight for meaningful work.
Session 11: Your priorities
We all need values to guide us through life, like a compass. But if you are giving the wrong compass, you will end up seeking happiness in all the wrong places. Let’s think about how to get to meaningful values.
Session 12: Junk values
Have you heard of “retail therapy”? In this Session, reflect on how shopping and spending actually make you feel.
Session 13: The dark power of adverts
Advertising has invdaded most of the spaces where we spend our time, often making us unhappy or anxious in subtle ways. In this Session, find out how to shield yourself from this frenemy.
Session 14: Overcoming shame
Most of us have unresolved experiences form the past that can affect us in ways we don’t fully understand. In this Session, beging the process of chaging that.
Session 15: Connect to your status
So much of the way our society now works can make you feel like you are low status and don’t matter – whether it’s working in a hierarchical corporation, or flicking thorugh Instagram. In this Session, we’re going to look at how to work towards a more equal society.
Session 16: Connect to nature
What happens when people are deprived of the natural world? Just look at a zoo animal to find out. In this Session, boost your mood by connecting to nature around you.
Session 17: Moving through nature
We don’t just exist as minds – we exist as bodies. Moving our bodies can give relief to our minds.
Session 18: A stable future
All human beings need to feel they have a future that makes sense. But in this culture, a lot of people have been deprived of that – through no fault of their own. In this Session, we’ll start to reconnect to our futures.
Session 19: Restoring the future
Many of us wonder where we can possibly find the time and energy to really improve our lives and the world. In this Session, learn about an idea that has been proven to reduce depression – and to create the space for us to do just that.
Session 20: Meditation and ego
We live in a culture that is constantly getting us to think of ourselves in small, cramped, selfish ways. What happens when we reduce our sense of ego and connect to something bigger?
Session 21: Connection found
There are many forms of reconnection we can choose together. In this Session, let’s take a look back at them.
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