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5 Stoic Tips for Finding Happiness
We all struggle to maintain a state of happiness and contentment. Even the enlightened Stoic philosophers we admire today had their moments of struggle. Marcus Aurelius, for example, had 13 children with his wife Faustina, and only four of them would out-live their father. Epictetus suffered from an abusive master who injured his leg so ...

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Stoic Philosophy

Stoicism acknowledges the challenges we face and teaches us practical lessons so that we may overcome whatever stands in our way. By taking a practical approach to happiness, we learn how to mainta...

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Epictetus

Don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather wish that everything happens as it actually will—then your life will flow well.

Epictetus

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Suffering and Desire

Buddha taught that there is suffering in this world, it is inevitable, and the root cause of suffering is mainly the desires we feel.

We want something, always, and feel miserable when we don...

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Seneca

“If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.”

Seneca

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Know Your Destination

Knowing where you are heading in life, what is your purpose, your direction and your destination is crucial. One has to find one's calling in life.

If we travel with no destination in our ...

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Caught Up in Theory

Theory and principles can get inside our heads and we can just be caught up in definitions.

Philosophy may be all about thinking but is not of much use if the principles are not applied.

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Marcus Aurelius

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”

Marcus Aurelius

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The Right Perspective

The narrative we choose matters the most in the course of our lives.

What we tell ourselves decides our perspective and it is formed with first-hand experience along with knowledge and wisdom...

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Viktor Frankl

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Viktor Frankl

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Unavoidable Circumstances

Unavoidable life situations and circumstances can easily create a feeling of us being victims.

If we are faced with misfortune, hardship, disaster or tragedy, and accept them, then we are pos...

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Stoicism explained

  • In any and every situation—no matter how bad or seemingly undesirable it is—we have the opportunity to practice a virtue.
  • Stoics like to refer to the phrase amor fati–loving the things that happen to us. 

Cultivate Stoicism in your life

Stoic philosophy can be cultivated as a practical philosophy:

  • Seeing the good in everything that happens around us, not feeling hijacked or negatively affected by fate and life events.
  • Treating life as an experiment, not being overly attached to things, people and decisions.

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A practical philosophical school

Stoicism became popular in the Roman Empire. Slaves like Epictetus, rich people like Seneca or emperors like Marcus Aurelius found guidance for life in it.

Events don’t upset you

Beliefs about events do. Bad feelings are caused by irrational beliefs, so if you’re feeling negative emotions, focus on the belief you hold about what happens. 

For stoics there is no good or bad, there’s only perception. And you control perception. 

Control what you can

Ignore the rest. We worry about things that we have no control over. But worrying never fixed anything

The stoics are saying that if you focus your energy on what you can change, you’re going to be a lot more productive and effective. 

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Self-Sufficiency

Stoicism is essentially about assigning things their proper, real value. It identifies what is in our control, and what is beyond us, in our lives.

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Our Sphere of Control

Contentment and being self-sufficient is about focussing your time and energy on things that you do something about.

You are responsible for the things you can impact; all the other things are beyond your control.

The Proper Value

Identify what's in your control, what's beyond, and what is in between.

Those things which are in your control should be a priority, and where you should put your time and energy.

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