Stumped by Stoicism? Learn 7 key principles in under 1 min

7 key principles in under 1 minConfusing, bewildering, information overload!

These were my thoughts when I first started out with Stoicism. I knew I wanted a cohesive philosophy of life, but I wasn’t sure what the main points were. Failure to have philosophy of life guaranteed that I wasn’t making the most of my limited time.

I soon realised that everyone could be a philosopher. It wasn’t the sole remit of dusty academics. Human beings are rational but become distracted by day-to-day problems, misfortunes and worries. This is why Stoicism attracted me.

So in this post I’ll set out my understanding of stoic philosophy in seven key points. Use these as a springboard to further research and to leading to a happier, calmer life. Here we go ….

  1. Happiness is freedom from unhelpful emotions.
  2. Reduce unhelpful emotions by living with virtue.
  3. Virtue arises by being in harmony with nature.
  4. Nature is accepting we are small parts of a bigger, ever changing whole, created by events outside of our control.
  5. Happiness and virtue arise from personal choice and continuous attention to our thoughts.
  6. The things called good by most people, such as health, possessions, reputation, and the like, are often aligned with our nature.
  7. But they are not always aligned with our nature. Sometimes you may obtain or maintain them at the expense of a person’s integrity.

How would you summarise Stoicism? What is your Stoic elevator pitch? What have I missed out? Leave a comment below:


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