Alain de Botton is a Swiss-born philosopher and writer, residing in the UK, who has the great gift of putting new or forgotten thoughts into simple words – words that are as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Nowadays, where we have many professors of philosophy and few philosophers, de Botton has stepped up to the task of analysing, commenting on and evaluating daily life, be it by writing in an airport or by re-reading Proust. His writing often takes the form of a mock-self-help book, but avoiding the usual banalities and superficialities of that genre and instead presenting a critical view on Western life-styles and on their inherent lack of life and style.
This here is a great speech on why pessimism (or at least stoicism) is an appropriate attitude and will prevent unhappiness:
A fantastic speech to listen to when things don’t go as you believe they should, be it in love life or at work.