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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 and the Art of Happiness: An Interview with Donald Robertson

It was an honor to interview Donald Robertson about stoicism--as he’s been a selfless and prolific contributor to the world of stoic philosophy for a long time. If you are not yet familiar with his work, you should be. He is a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist, trainer, and author who specialises in...
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How Would The Stoics Cope Today?

Some of us are stressed. Others are overworked, struggling with the new responsibilities of parenthood, or moving from one flawed relationship to another. Whatever it is, whatever you are going through, there is wisdom from the Stoics that can help. Followers of this ancient and inscrutable philosophy have found themselves...
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3 Stoic Exercises That Will Help Create Your Best Month Yet

For more than two thousand years, wise men and women have relied on an ancient philosophy known as Stoicism to help them live their best lives. It’s been a source of guidance, wisdom and practical advice for millions. It’s been used by everyone from Marcus Aurelius and Seneca (one of...
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Stoicism Can Help Put Criticism In Perspective

Think about who the Stoics really were—they weren’t tenured university professors debating idle questions about the universe. On the contrary, they were men (and in some cases) women of action. To borrow from Theodore Roosevelt and to make a Roman pun, they were not critics, they were in the arena....
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Feeling Helpless? Here’s How To Break The Spell

“Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth” - Marcus Aurelius We try to avoid feeling uncomfortable and having uncertainty. It’s why many people are continually looking to the future; planning, wishing, hoping, and maybe avoiding certain circumstances. They stick to a mundane routine and an unhappy life, not...
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Finding Peace: The Real Battle is Within – Always in the Present Moment

“A warrior is not something you become, Dan. It’s something either you are, in this moment, or something you are not.” –Socrates in The Way of the Peaceful Warrior  Folks like to see philosophy as a parlor game that has nothing to do with the rigors of life, but the...
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A Stoic Guide To Workplace Peace Of Mind

The image of the Zen philosopher is the monk up in the green, quiet hills, or in a beautiful temple on some rocky cliff. The Stoic, on the other hand, is the antithesis of this idea. The Stoic is the man in the marketplace, the merchant on a voyage, the...
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Doing the Work Is Enough: Stop Letting Others Dictate Your Worth

What matters to an active man is to do the right thing; whether the right thing comes to pass should not bother him. —Goethe Belisarius is one of the greatest yet unknown military generals in all of history. His name has been so obscured and forgotten by history that he makes...
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A Stoic Response To Anxiety

“True happiness is to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied, for he that is wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with...
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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...