What the Stoics taught and practiced in the era of gladiators fighting for their lives and Romans socializing in steaming baths is still remarkably applicable in the era of Game of Thrones and Facebook.
The wisdom of this ancient philosophy is timeless, and its value in the quest for a happy and meaningful life is undeniable.
With this book, you’re holding the treasure map in your hands.
It provides you with 55 Stoic Practices. it shows you how to translate it from book page to action in the real world.
How to face my fears and struggles? What to do about my depressive feelings?
What to do with my anger? How to be more confident?
That, by the way, is exactly what schools of philosophy were all about in the ancient world, they taught you how to live.
I thought this must be the most boring thing on earth. I mean, after all, it’s called Stoicism and not “Supermanism” or something else that would indicate it’s worth studying.
“He who studies with a philosopher,” Seneca says, “should take away with him some one good thing every day: he should daily return home a sounder man, or in the way to become sounder.”
The Stoics were living proof that it’s possible for someone to be exiled to a desert island and still be happier than someone living in a palace. They understood very well that there’s only a loose connection between external circumstances and our happiness.
In Stoicism, what you do with the given circumstances matters much more. Stoics recognized that the good life depends on the cultivation of one’s character, oil one's choices and actions rather than on what happens in the uncontrollable world around us.
it makes us responsible and deprives us of any excuses for not living the best life possible.
You and I, we’re responsible for our own flourishing.
If we look around, we see countless people who pursued their dreams of a golden mansion, a Porsche 911, and a six-figure job, and yet they’re not happier than before with the moldy flat, the rusty old car, and the cheap job.
They’re living by a formula that looks something like this: If you work hard, you'll be successful, and once you’re successful, then you’ll be happy.
The point is, many people don’t get any happier when they grow older, they don’t improve whatsoever.
They won’t be any closer to a happy and meaningful life in their eighties than they were in their twenties.
Without that compass, there’s the risk that despite all our well-intentioned actions, we'll run in circles, chase worthless things, and end up living ail unfulfilling life full of emotional suffering, regrets, and frustration.
Stoicism can improve your life in good times, but it’s in bad times when its efficacy becomes most apparent.