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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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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...

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...

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...
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Responsibility and Response: Why Our Choices are the Only Thing that Matters

“People have forgotten this truth," the fox said. "But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince Every day we tell ourselves stories about why things are the way they are. We spend large...
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Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence: The Keys To Your Best Self

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ― C.G. Jung “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.” ― C.G. Jung “These are the characteristics of the rational soul:...
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Don’t Complain or Blame

“What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.”  ― Maya Angelou The late great poet and writer Maya Angelou had a knack for both getting to the heart of our...

Exclusive Excerpt: The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living is now available. It features not only 366 all-new translations of brilliant stoic passages but 366 exciting stories, examples and explanations of the stoic principles from Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus but also some of the lesser...

6 Ways Stoicism Can Help Entrepreneurs

With the increasing swirl of interest around mindfulness, resilience and innovation we can’t forget that there are many who have trodden this path before us with important lessons we can borrow. Stoicism is the branch of ancient western philosophy that focuses on mindfulness, resilience, creativity and more, all of which...
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Naked, Starved, Deceived, and Destroyed: A Stoic’s Guide to Elections

“Some have said that it is not the business of private men to meddle with government--a bold and dishonest saying, which is fit to come from no mouth but that of a tyrant or a slave. To say that private men have nothing to do with government is to say...

6 Stoic Rituals That Will Make You Happy

This post originally appeared on People have enormous respect for ancient wisdom. They just don’t read it. Funny thing is, we’re more likely to live happier lives when we visit the classics section than the self-help aisle. So how do we get the skinny on what one group of...