The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

The light hearted cover of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking can fool the reader into thinking this is an easy read. In fact, The Antidote is a powerful argument for embracing ambiguity and uncertainty (which includes our fear of death). It explores Stoicism, meditation, philosophy and psychology, mixed with offbeat situations and 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 …

Listen to Role Models for Advice – Letter 25

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 25 Seneca describes how role models can help you to live a virtuous life. It’s important to have role models. Not the sort of vacuous celebrity role models who appear is trashy magazines. Or worse still, 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 …

The Art of Stoic Perception

PocketStoic is a project which I’m following with great interest. The team has released a free book: The Art of Stoic Perception: 24 Ancient Techniques for Creating an Invincible Mind.  Stoicism reached its height of popularity in Imperial Rome. The fall of the empire resulted in the destruction of the majority of Stoic works. The Read More …

Learning Stoicism from Stockdale

James Bond Stockdale (December 23, 1923 – July 5, 2005) was an American and United States Navy vice admiral. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War where he was a prisoner of war for over seven years. During this time he credited Stoic philosophy with helping him cope. Read on to Read More …

Why Stoics Should Love The Golden Rule

Do you follow the Golden Rule? This is a moral maxim or principle of altruism found in many human cultures and religions. It goes something like: Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. In this post I’ll outline why and how the Golden Rule fits into the Stoic ethical framework. A framework Read More …

How to do your Stoic Duty

Should you have a duty to others, even if they are not virtuous? In Book II of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius he suggests: When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell Read More …