Exercise: Take A “No Complaining” Challenge

Still you are indignant and complain, and you don’t understand that in all the evils to which you refer, there is really only one – that you are indignant and complain.Seneca, Epistles 96.1 There is so much to complain about. Even aside from big issues like pandemics, lockdowns, injustices, and…

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Interview With Kai Whiting – Author Of Being Better

Kai Whiting is a researcher and lecturer in sustainability and Stoicism based at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. With his co-author Leonidas Konstantakos, Kai wrote the excellent book Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living in, which I highly recommend. It was great to be able to interview…

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Stoicon-X Women: Practical Paths to Flourishing

Following the success of Stoicon 2020 as an online event, Modern Stoicism have gone on to organise further virtual conferences which have proven just as popular. The Marcus Aurelius birthday anniversary event for example had over 1,850 registered attendees making it their largest Stoicism gathering to date. Another upcoming event…

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The Rest Doesn’t Matter

In the interests of doing the right thing, there are times when you can’t ignore a situation. Courage and Justice are two of the four Stoic virtues, after all. They encourage action, despite fear, for the common good. Inaction may even make you complicit in wrongdoing. As Nassim Taleb puts…

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Just My Luck

You lose your job. A relationship ends. That thing you had high hopes for falls flat. Something, anything, goes wrong. “Ugh, just my luck.” You wonder, “Why does it always rain on me?”  But wait. If you look around, you’ll see plenty of other people are getting wet too. No,…

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Exercise: Learn Something New

It’s a great feeling when you start to see progress. When you’ve been practicing a new skill and you start to get the hang of it, or when you’ve been building something piece by piece and it starts to take shape. It’s a feeling that we too often deprive ourselves…

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You’re Fooling Yourself

If I eat this donut, my doctor won’t know. If I do two fewer pushups, my coach won’t know. If I lie to my family just this once, they won’t know. If I skip this self-directed homework, my tutor won’t know. If I slack off while working from home, my…

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