5 Stoic Tips for Finding Happiness
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 of the past.
This is a professional note extracted from an online article.
Read more efficiently
Save what inspires you
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 maintain it for longer periods of time and help others do the same.
“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.”
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't get it.
Stoicism teaches us to live in accordance with nature and to accept that suffering will manifest in different ways in our lives.
“If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.”
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 minds, we are lost.
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.
“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
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 positive, make the best of them, and we get out of the victim mindset. Nothing should be on our way to be happy and alive.
SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:
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.
Stoic virtues of moderation, ...
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.
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.
4 more ideas
Stoic philosophy can be cultivated as a practical philosophy:
2 more ideas
Stoicism is about accepting the facts as they are and then deciding what you’re going to do about them. Nobody recommends denial. Accept. And then do something.
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.
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.
3 more ideas