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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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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...
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6 Stoic Rituals That Will Make You Happy

This post originally appeared on bakadesuyo.com 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...
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The Stoic Reading List: 3 Must-Read Books To Get You Started

The starting point of any new pursuit is critical. Stoicism is no difference. Picking up the wrong book can derail even the most interested student. So where should someone start with Stoicism? We decided to put together a short list with three books that will help you both understand Stoicism...
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An Interview with the Master: Robert Greene on Stoicism

Except for the Stoics themselves, no one has influenced me as a reader and writer more than Robert Greene. Which is why I was nervous but excited to interview Robert about Stoicism and this ancient philosophy has influenced his work over the years. It’s not everyday that one gets the...
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Stoicism In Professional Sports: An Interview with NFL Exec Michael Lombardi

Michael Lombardi might be one of the most quiet but influential executives in the NFL. He won two Super Bowls, 30 years apart—one under Bill Walsh and one under Bill Belichick. More than just coaching strategies, he’s notorious in the league for the ideas he’s spread. He was one of...
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Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking: An Interview with Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman is a writer for The Guardian based in New York. He’s also helped bring stoicism to a mass audience with his popular book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking. The book, which has a chapter based on Seneca, explores the upsides of negativity, uncertainty,...
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What Are The Main Differences Between Epicureanism And Stoicism?

This post originally appeared on Quora: What are the main differences between epicureanism and stoicism? The garden and the veranda. The Epicureans   Epicurus, founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism The Epicureans were materialists in the modern, scientific sense. They accepted the physics of Democritus...
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The Life and Legacy of Cato: An Interview With Author Jimmy Soni

Jimmy Soni is the author of Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar, a biography of Cato the Younger. Soni’s forthcoming biography of mathematician, Claude Shannon, will be published in 2017. What came first, your interest in stoicism or your interest in Cato the Younger? What...
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How to Let Go of Your Emotions and Find Happiness

"This post originally appeared on Quora: What are some Stoic teachings on letting go?" The most important step in letting go is realizing that nothing has intrinsic value -- nothing is good or bad. In our daily lives, how we motivate ourselves is to think "some steak would be good right...
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Why Stoicism Is Having a Cultural Moment

Stoicism is apparently popular again — at least, that’s how it appears, given the spate of recent popular books, articles and events on the topic. There’s Julie Beck’s essay from The Atlantic on the benefits of thinking about death like a Stoic, Oliver Burkeman’s book on the “negative path” to happiness that...