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What Is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started

For those of us who live our lives in the real world, there is one branch of philosophy created just for us: Stoicism. A brief synopsis and definition on this particular school of Hellenistic philosophy: Stoicism was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC,...

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The Daily Art of Giving Thanks

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson The great American essayist, lecturer, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson is...
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7 Stoic Meditations To Get The Most Out of Today

Given the fact that the mere mention of philosophy makes most nervous or bored, “Stoic philosophy” on the surface sounds like the last thing anyone would want to learn about, let alone urgently need in the course of daily life. But in reality, in Stoicism we have a tool to...
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A Stoic Response to Failure

The art of properly responding to failure begins by not being surprised by it. When Seneca wrote that “nothing happens to the wise man contrary to his expectation,” this is partly what he meant. The reason that so many failures are devastating to us—failed businesses, failed relationships, failed vacations, failed attempts...
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Stoicism Saved My Life

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present” - Marcus Aurelius So there I was yet again, curled up in the fetal position on the bedroom floor with tears flooding from my...
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Keep Calm and Be Stoic: A Practical Response to the Unthinkable

I'll keep this brief, because it's 5AM and the unthinkable has happened: reality star-turned-political savior Donald J. Trump has just clinched the Presidency of the United States. Yes, the same Donald J. Trump who's been publicly supportive of restricting Muslim immigration to the U.S.; the same Donald J. Trump who's...
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Translating The Stoics: An Interview With “The Daily Stoic” Co-Author Stephen Hanselman

Stephen Hanselman has worked for more than three decades in publishing as a bookseller, publisher, and literary agent. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where he received a master's degree while also studying extensively in Harvard's philosophy department. Stephen is also the co-author of The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations...
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How to Beat Perfectionism, Make Progress, and Find Happiness

Though most people think of philosophy as a system of ethics or an explanation of the purpose of life, they miss its most practical aspects. In fact, ancient philosophy was a way to create mental clarity—to clear the mind of what psychologists today would refer to as cognitive distortions. Epictetus,...
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Stoicism & Buddhism: Lessons, Similarities and Differences

“The brahmans had no cattle, no gold, no wealth. They had study as their wealth and grain. They guarded the holy life as their treasure.” Gautama Buddha “Of all people only those are at leisure who make time for philosophy, only those are really alive. For they not only keep...
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On Stoicism and Not Giving a F*ck: An Interview with Mark Manson

I was at a small private dinner a few weeks ago and someone complained about being stressed and overworked. They asked for a book recommendation and so I began to tell them about a book I’d recently read and liked, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark...
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A Stoic Remedy for Election 2016: Choices, Character, and The Common Good

Elections are about choices and character: obviously those of the candidates, but also about our own, too. As we enter the final weeks of campaigning by one of the most widely lamented presidential slates in recent memory, we are besieged and fatigued by the increasing heat of partisan character assassination...