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Lost Connections

Brought to life

Put Johann Hari’s advice into action for a more connected, happier and joyful life

One of the most important texts of recent years.

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This amazing book will change your life.

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If you are anxious or depressed…

… you’re not weak, you’re not crazy, you’re not a machine with broken parts. You are a human being with unmet needs. Your pain makes sense. It’s a signal. When you start listening to those signlas, you can begin changing it.
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Apply the Lessons of Lost Connections to your life

Interactive

Using interactive practices you will move beyond knowledge and integrate Johann’s wisdom into your day-to-day life.

Effective

Active learning has been shown to be more effective than passive learning at creating change.

In-the-moment

Unlock tools as you progress through the course, so you have the tools you need, the moment you need them.

Lost Connections app will enable you to

Understand your story

Your thoughts and feelings are signals. By listening to them, you’ll gain insight and understanding about reasons behind them.

Find purpose

Learn how to reconnect to the world around you, starting with your values, work, relationships and nature.

Feel more connected

Identify what matters to you, and use it to start leading a more connected, happier and joyfull life.

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What you will learn

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 more meaningful.

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All sessions

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 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 more meaningful.

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.

Session 6: Collective solutions

In this session, discover how being part of a community can have profound, positive effects for both you and everyone else.

Session 7: Life online

Are you an Instagram addict or just an occasional tweeter? Online habits reveal much about our offline lives. In this session, reflect on your Internet use and what it says about the connections 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 top, or working at the bottom of the corporate hierarchy?

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 given 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 invaded 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 from the past that can affect us in ways we don’t fully understand. In this session, begin the process of changing 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 through 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, we'll take a look back at them.

More features for everyday support

Toolkit

Unlock tools as you progress through the course, so you have the resources you need, the moment you need them.

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Community

A place where you can share your journeys and support one another to grow together.

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What people say about Lost Connections App

Created together by

illume and Johann Hari

Johann Hari is a writer, journalist and speaker exploring topics such as depression, addiction and finding focus in modern society. Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s.

Three New York Times bestselling books translated into 38 languages

Over 35 million TEDTalk views

illume is on a mission to help people apply the advice of the world's leading self-development authors to their lives, to embrace who they are and become the person they want to be.

Created together by

illume and Johann Hari

Johann Hari with Nick Begley, CEO of illume.

Frequently asked questions

Will this Course provide me with support for anxiety and/or depression?

If you are struggling with anxiety and/or depression, don’t worry: there is help for you, and you can get better. All the evidence presented in Lost Connections shows that people can recover from depression if they are given the right support, especially through the seven ways back for which there is scientific evidence described in the book.

To truly solve the problem of depression, we need cultural change on a large scale. This Course will help you to understand the cause of your pain and what the individual and collective solutions are that can help.

Do I need to read the book to understand the Course?

This Course does not require any prior knowledge. If you have already read the book, this Course will help you take the wisdom of Lost Connections further and apply it to your own life.

Does the Course offer exclusive/bonus content beyond the book?

Yes. The Course builds upon the key lessons in the book. Each session includes an interactive practice to help you put these lessons into action, which have been specifically designed for this Course. Beyond the Course, you will also have access to reflective tools, meditations and journaling to provide in-the-moment support.

Where can I seek immediate help for anxiety or depression?

If you need immediate help, you should make an appointment now to see your doctor. If you don’t think you can make it that long, please go right now to the emergency room of your nearest hospital and tell them how you are feeling: they will get help to you right away.

These are also some places you can call:

In the United States, you can call 1 (800) 273-TALK

In the UK and Ireland, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123

In Australia, you can call them on 135 247

In New Zealand, you can call them on 0800 726 666

Do I use this Course on my own or with other people?

You can complete the entire Course on your own, at your own pace. We encourage you to try out some Practices with others to help you feel more connected to the world around you. - but this is entirely up to you!

You may also enjoy sharing your experiences with others via our Lost Connections community.

Will I be able to interact with Johann?

The Course includes exclusive pre-recorded content from Johann. However, we are not currently offering direct contact with the author or additional live sessions.

 

Does Lost Connections work on both iPhones and Android phones

Right now the app is available only for iOS users. We are working on bringing the Android version soon.

Lead a happier, more connected life