The Inconvenient Truth About Living A Happy Life

Do you believe that you can control most things? If so, then you’re wrong. While you may think that you’re in control in reality you aren’t. In this post I’ll explore why control is an illusion. Why we spend a huge amount of time in a quest to gain control, security and comfort.  This is Read More …

Stoic Control: the Overlooked Factor You Must Know About

Stoicism teaches that you should accept things you cannot control or change. But how exactly do you know what you can and can’t control or change? And what is the one often overlooked reason which can lead to success? In this post I’ll explore some ideas and techniques that have been helpful to me. They Read More …

Resolutions: Why You’ll Never Succeed This New Year

Resolutions, we all set them when a New Year comes around. We start to believe that we can improve our lives. We are going to change for the better. We are not going to be stuck in the same old rut again this year. Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m a great Read More …

How To Conquer Uncertainty For a Better Life

Living is an art and like other forms of art we need to study it. We need to practice it in an attempt to master it. Not that its possible to completely master the art of living but its still worth pursuing this as a lifelong aspiration. Its also worth learning from the mistakes and Read More …

Three Simple Ideas To Peace and Contentment

Two books I’ve read recently have helped me to clarify my thoughts on where peace and contentment come from in our lives. These are, When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön and Practicing Mind by Thomas Sterner. In this post I’ll explore some of the ideas from these books. They don’t present many new ideas. Read More …

A Stoic Guide to Reducing Suffering in Your Life

Imagine that there’s an object that’s been irritating you and causing suffering in your life. It causes you to be unhappy, to be stressed, to procrastinate, to be distracted. It generates anger, dissatisfaction and much more. Sounds awful, right? Now imagine there were techniques that could counteract this suffering. This is where the ethics and virtues Read More …

The Ultimate One Page Guide To Stoicism

The Ultimate One Page Guide To Stoicism: While I have lots of ideas and thoughts about Stoicism, it occurred to me that I tend to jumble them together. When trying to describe the main concepts and themes they often blur together. This conspires to make Stoicism sound more complex than it needs to be. In Read More …

STOICON 2016 – Q&A with Massimo Pigliucci

STOICON is an annual meeting of people interested in exploring Stoicism as a philosophy of life. It is part of a series of public activities related to Stoicism, centered around the Stoicism Today and Stoic Week initiatives. In this post Massimo Pigliucci, the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York, answers some questions about Read More …

The Stoic Secrets of Eliminating Anxiety

Do you feel at times that anxiety is building up from within? How does this make you feel? Is your jaw clenched, are your muscles tense and your thoughts jumbled? Everyone, from time to time, feels anxious in one form or other. There is no magic bullet for anxiety but at times this is exactly Read More …

How Being Present Makes Life Worth Living

Life is a struggle, so what makes it worth living? Perhaps we all should accept our flaws and misfortunes? Or maybe we all need to strive to improve, to better ourselves and our circumstances? I’m guessing that most people have a feeling that we could be doing things better. Or perhaps, other things altogether. This Read More …