The Most Important Idea For Finding Happinesss

The present moment: Seneca used a rule of thumb, learned from Hecato of Rhodes: Hecato says, ‘cease to hope and you will cease to fear.’ . . . The primary cause of both these ills is that instead of adapting ourselves to present circumstances we send out thoughts too far ahead. – Seneca, Moral Letters, Read More …

Letter 1. On saving time

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 1. Don’t waste time How we use the time when we are alive is the only thing that belongs to us. And using this limited amount of time well is the most important thing we Read More …

Hold your nerves: Why a little stress may be good for you

Stoic exercises include those that promote self discomfort and self control. These practices have two goals: i) to prepare yourself for possible adversity; ii) to develop a sense of appreciation of your current circumstances. As Irvine suggests in his book: Musonius takes this technique one step further: He thinks that besides living as if bad Read More …