The Surprising Benefits of Self-Imposed Hardship - Deepstash

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Discover What You Can Do Without

Discover What You Can Do Without

Set yourself a period of some days in which you will be content with very small amounts of food, and the cheapest kind, with coarse clothing, and say to yourself 'is this what I was afraid of?'


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Why value hardship?

Why value hardship?

The Stoics greatly valued hardship, they routinely practiced poverty or put themselves through mild hardship.

Benefits Of Self Imposed Hardship:


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<ul><li>To discover what we ca...

  • To discover what we can do without, and reduce the fear of losing these things.


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<ul><li>To better reflect upon...

  • To better reflect upon our true goals, or to work towards them.


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<ul><li>To empathise with less...

  • To empathise with less fortunate people.


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<ul><li>To be reminded that th...

  • To be reminded that the simple things in life can be just as enjoyable and profitable.


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<ul><li>To increase appreciati...

  • To increase appreciation and enjoyment of the things that we normally enjoy.


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<ul><li>To take a break from n...

  • To take a break from normal routine, and reinvigorate the mind while exercising and reinforcing our freedom.


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<ul><li>To be prepared for fut...

  • To be prepared for future hardship, which is all but a certainty.


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<ul><li>To understand that the...

  • To understand that the greater part of our suffering lies not in fact, but in our attitude towards it.


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<ul><li>To practice self disci...

  • To practice self discipline.


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Do not lament (complain) about misfortune.

Instead, rejoice that you are the sort of person who can undergo misfortune without letting it upset you.



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If you want to have time for your mind, you must either be poor or resemble the poor.



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Frugality is just voluntary poverty.



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