Philosopher Roman Krznaric believes that the future of the art of living can be found by gazing into the past in his book (now in paperback) titled How Should We Live: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life, and I don't disagree.
Krznaric takes readers back in time and covers twelve major issues of life to help us live better. To St. Valentine to teach us the art of loving. To St. Frances to teach the art of family. He's not really asking us to live like these Saints, or the Greeks, or the Aztecs or any of the other historical figures mentioned throughout the chapters, not really. He's asking us to empathize with each other, and to consider doing things slower and more simply.