8 Signs You Are Making Progress as a Practicing Stoic

               Stoicism cannot be mastered overnight. The promise of the good life can only be achieved with the perpetual practice of the principles and techniques of the ancient philosophy. A practicing might ask “How do we know if we have reaped the fruits of Stoicism”. In other words, what are the indicators that we have truly caught the wisdom of the philosophy? There is truth in the saying “you…

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Letters from a Stoic 46 – Summary and Key Takeaways

               In letters from a stoic 46, Seneca is giving an honest critique on a book Lucilius wrote himself. There is nothing more suitable to do a book review than the wise old man himself who was considered to be one of the greatest writers in the ancient world. Overall, he was happy and enjoyed reading the book although there is still room for improvement. “I was not merely…

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Letters from a Stoic 45 – Summary and Key Takeaways

            In letters from a stoic 45, Seneca begins by reminding Lucilius that when reading books, quality is more important than quantity. It is better to have a few beneficial books rather than a massive collection of random books.            In the next part of the letter, Seneca reminds his friend to take every work the wise old man gave with a grain of salt. “But whatever the quality of my works may be, read them…

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Stoics’ Approach to Hedonic Adaptation

               Remember the time you craved the latest iPhone. After saving a few months of money, you finally bought one for yourself. You enjoyed it in weeks to come but after a few months you no longer as excited as you were when you have first had it. Hedonic adaptation is our natural tendency to return to level happiness after an initial surge of positive emotions (usually pleasure). After…

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How Stoics’ Negative Visualization Can Make You Happy

               When a friend is facing uncertainties from life challenges, we are almost always obliged to cheer him up. We give him hope by saying some of the most positive things we could think. Things like “It will be okay.”, “There is always a rainbow after the rain.” the list goes on. However, the Stoics argue that this is not the best way to calm an anxious friend. The…

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