Genre : Psychology
Publisher : Oxford University Press
ISBN_10 : 0199792623
Copyright Year : 2008-11-04
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One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, Irvine offers a roadmap for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life. As he does so, he describes his own experiences practicing Stoicism and offers valuable first-hand advice for anyone wishing to live better by following in the footsteps of these ancient philosophers. Readers learn how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus our efforts on the things we can control, and how to deal with insults, grief, old age, and the distracting temptations of fame and fortune. We learn from Marcus Aurelius the importance of prizing only things of true value, and from Epictetus we learn how to be more content with what we have. Finally, A Guide to the Good Life shows readers how to become thoughtful observers of their own lives. If we watch ourselves as we go about our daily business and later reflect on what we saw, we can better identify the sources of distress and eventually avoid that pain in our life. By doing this, the Stoics thought, we can hope to attain a truly joyful life.

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đź“’ How To Live A Good Life by Massimo Pigliucci

Genre : Philosophy
Publisher : Vintage
ISBN_10 : 9780525566151
Copyright Year : 2020-01-07
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A collection of essays by fifteen philosophers presenting a thoughtful, introductory guide to choosing a philosophy for living an examined and meaningful life. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL Socrates famously said "the unexamined life is not worth living," but what does it mean to truly live philosophically? This thought-provoking, wide-ranging collection brings together essays by fifteen leading philosophers reflecting on what it means to live according to a philosophy of life. From Eastern philosophies (Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism) and classical Western philosophies (such as Aristotelianism and Stoicism), to the four major religions, as well as contemporary philosophies (such as existentialism and effective altruism), each contributor offers a lively, personal account of how they find meaning in the practice of their chosen philosophical tradition. Together, the pieces in How to Live a Good Life provide not only a beginner's guide to choosing a life philosophy but also a timely portrait of what it means to live an examined life in the twenty-first century.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
ISBN_10 : 9780471728566
Copyright Year : 2005-03-11
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Praise for Money & Happiness "Laura Rowley makes us all understand the money-happinessconnection in our own lives so that we spend our time and ourefforts wisely. She gets to the heart of why money can bringfeelings of stress, joy, and freedom, and Rowley offers insightthat every reader can use to make smarter decisions that will leadto living a rich life in every possible definition of theterm." --Lucy Danziger, Editor in Chief, Self magazine "This is a wry and companionable guide to getting your finances inbetter sync with your values, and who wouldn't be enriched bythat?" --Melinda Henneberger, Contributing Editor, Newsweek "Money and Happiness takes cold, hard, financial information andwarms it up through the voice of your best friend. You'll find outhow to achieve your life dreams, and avoid money nightmares. Thecost of this book may be the best investment you'll evermake." --Kevin McKinley, CFP, author of Make Your Kid a Millionaire andhost of public radio's On Your Money "Let Laura Rowley guide you to a rational and rewarding life byhelping you re-order your approach to your financial well-being.This book covers all the dimensions you need to know about how toplan properly for your reality. She teaches that you need not beloaded to be happy. And she shows you how to set, then achieve,your goals. For your sanity, Rowley is a welcome antidote to thewave of materialism washing over our culture." --Allan Dodds Frank, Bloomberg Television

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đź“’ On Desire by William B. Irvine

Genre : Psychology
Publisher : Oxford University Press
ISBN_10 : 0195345975
Copyright Year : 2005-11-01
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A married person falls deeply in love with someone else. A man of average income feels he cannot be truly happy unless he owns an expensive luxury car. A dieter has an irresistible craving for ice cream. Desires often come to us unbidden and unwanted, and they can have a dramatic impact, sometimes changing the course of our lives. In On Desire, William B. Irvine takes us on a wide-ranging tour of our impulses, wants, and needs, showing us where these feelings come from and how we can try to rein them in. Spicing his account with engaging observations by writers like Seneca, Tolstoy, and Freud, Irvine considers the teachings of Buddhists, Hindus, the Amish, Shakers, and Catholic saints, as well as those of ancient Greek and Roman and modern European philosophers. Irvine also looks at what modern science can tell us about desire--such as what happens in the brain when we desire something and how animals evolved particular desires--and he advances a new theory about how desire itself evolved. Irvine also suggests that at the same time that we gained the ability to desire, we were "programmed" to find some things more desirable than others. Irvine concludes that the best way to attain lasting happiness is not to change the world around us or our place in it, but to change ourselves. If we can convince ourselves to want what we already have, we can dramatically enhance our happiness. Brimming with wisdom and practical advice, On Desire offers a thoughtful approach to controlling unwanted passions and attaining a more meaningful life.

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Genre : Philosophy
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN_10 : 9780393652505
Copyright Year : 2019-09-03
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A practical, refreshingly optimistic guide that uses centuries-old wisdom to help us better cope with the stresses of modern living. Some people bounce back in response to setbacks; others break. We often think that these responses are hardwired, but fortunately this is not the case. Stoicism offers us an alternative approach. Plumbing the wisdom of one of the most popular and successful schools of thought from ancient Rome, philosopher William B. Irvine teaches us to turn any challenge on its head. The Stoic Challenge, then, is the ultimate guide to improving your quality of life through tactics developed by ancient Stoics, from Marcus Aurelius and Seneca to Epictetus. This book uniquely combines ancient Stoic insights with techniques discovered by contemporary psychological research, such as anchoring and framing. The result is a surprisingly simple strategy for dealing with life’s unpleasant and unexpected challenges—from minor setbacks like being caught in a traffic jam or having a flight cancelled to major setbacks like those experienced by physicist Stephen Hawking, who slowly lost the ability to move, and writer Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered from locked-in syndrome. The Stoics discovered that thinking of challenges as tests of character can dramatically alter our emotional response to them. Irvine’s updated “Stoic test strategy” teaches us how to transform life’s stumbling blocks into opportunities for becoming calmer, tougher, and more resilient. Not only can we overcome everyday obstacles—we can benefit from them, too.

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đź“’ The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday

Genre : Business & Economics
Publisher : Penguin
ISBN_10 : 9780735211742
Copyright Year : 2016-10-18
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From the team that brought you The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, a beautiful daily devotional of Stoic meditations—an instant Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestseller. Why have history's greatest minds—from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with today's top performers from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities—embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise. The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms. By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you'll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well.

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đź“’ The Good Life by Gerald Roscoe

Genre : Buddhism
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ISBN_10 : 9748304469
Copyright Year : 1999-12-31
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This text is part of a set of three little books (each available separately or as a boxed set), which outlines in simple terms, the life of the Buddha, Buddhist teaching and monastic life in Thailand. The books are intended to give an understanding of and insight into a religion and its practices. This text is part of a set of three little books (each available separately or as a boxed set), which outlines in simple (but not simplistic) terms, the life of the Buddha, Buddhist teaching and monastic life in Thailand. The author, a former American journalist, lived in

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Genre : Study Aids
Publisher : Milkyway Media
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Copyright Year : 2018-09-08
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A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (2008) by William B. Irvine is a practical handbook for adopting a Stoic approach to daily living. The term “Stoic” may conjure images of austere philosophers indifferent to their circumstances and cut off from emotional response... Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more.

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Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
ISBN_10 : 9781582703732
Copyright Year : 2012-06-05
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A lighthearted and unabashed manifest for creating and sustaining happiness in today's highly stressed, consumer-based world shares recommendations for readers from all backgrounds, providing action plans for specific changes while offering accompanying Microsoft tags for bonus video material. Original.

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Genre : Self-Help
Publisher : Hay House, Inc
ISBN_10 : 9781401949570
Copyright Year : 2016-10-18
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Seriously . . . another book that tells you how to live a good life? Don’t we have enough of those? You’d think so. Yet, more people than ever are walking through life disconnected, disengaged, dissatisfied, mired in regret, declining health, and a near maniacal state of gut-wrenching autopilot busyness. Whatever is out there isn’t getting through. We don’t know who to trust. We don’t know what’s real and what’s fantasy. We don’t know how and where to begin and we don’t want to wade through another minute of advice that gives us hope, then saps our time and leaves us empty. How to Live a Good Life is your antidote; a practical and provocative modern-day manual for the pursuit of a life well lived. No need for blind faith or surrender of intelligence; everything you’ll discover is immediately actionable and subject to validation through your own experience. Drawn from the intersection of science, spirituality, and the author’s years-long quest to learn at the feet of masters from nearly every tradition and walk of life, this book offers a simple yet powerful model, the “Good Life Buckets ” —spend 30 days filling your buckets and reclaiming your life. Each day will bring a new, practical yet powerful idea, along with a specific exploration designed to rekindle deep, loving, and compassionate relationships; cultivate vitality, radiance, and graceful ease; and leave you feeling lit up by the way you contribute to the world, like you’re doing the work you were put on the planet to do. How to Live a Good Life is not just a book to be read; it’s a path to possibility, to be walked, then lived.

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