“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?”
– Epictetus, Stoic philosopher
Where can you find joy? Gain strength? How should we face our fears? Deal with the death of a loved one? And what about those reoccurring depressing thoughts?
While traditional schooling doesn’t address such questions, it’s exactly what ancient schools of philosophy were all about: They taught you how to live. Even though these schools don’t exist anymore, you and I and most people are in as much need of a philosophy that guides us through life as we ever were.
This compelling, highly actionable guide shows you how to deal more effectively with whatever life throws at you and live up to your best self.
A mix of timeless wisdom and empowering advice, The Little Book of Stoicism will point the way to anyone seeking a calm and wise life in a chaotic world.
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Table of Contents
PART 1: WHAT IS STOICISM
Chapter 1: The Promise of Stoic Philosophy
Chapter 2: A Quick History Lesson
Chapter 3: The Stoic Happiness Triangle
Chapter 4: The Villain: Negative Emotions Get in the Way
PART 2: 55 STOIC PRACTICES
Practice 1: The Stoic Art of Acquiescence: Accept and Love Whatever Happens
Practice 2: Undertake Actions with a Reserve Clause
Practice 3: What Stands in the Way Becomes the Way
Practice 4: Remind Yourself of the Impermanence of Things
Practice 5: Contemplate Your Own Death
Practice 6: Consider Everything as Borrowed from Nature
Practice 7: Negative Visualization: Foreseeing Bad Stuff
Practice 8: Voluntary Discomfort
Practice 9: Prepare Yourself for the Day: The Stoic Morning Routine
Practice 10: Review Your Day: The Stoic Evening Routine
Practice 11: Keep a Role Model in Mind: Contemplate the Stoic Sage
Practice 12: Stoic Aphorisms: Keep Your “Weapons” Ready at Hand
Practice 13: Play Your Given Roles Well
Practice 14: Eliminate the Nonessential
Practice 15: Forget Fame
Practice 16: Like a Minimalist: Live Simple
Practice 17: Take Back Your Time: Cut Out News and Other Timewasters
Practice 18: Win at What Matters
Practice 19: Become an Eternal Student
Practice 20: What Do You Have to Show for Your Years?
Practice 21: Do What Needs to Get Done
SITUATIONAL PRACTICES: HOW TO DEAL WITH YOURSELF WHEN LIFE GETS TOUGH?
Practice 22: Your Judgment Harms You
Practice 23: How to Deal With Grief
Practice 24: Choose Courage and Calm over Anger
Practice 25: Beat Fear with Preparation and Reason
Practice 26: Blame Your Expectations
Practice 27: Pain and Provocation: Great Opportunities for Virtue
Practice 28: The Equanimity Game
Practice 29: The Anti-Puppet Mindset
Practice 30: Life Is Supposed to Be Challenging
Practice 31: What’s so Troublesome Here and Now?
Practice 32: Count Your Blessings
Practice 33: Other-ize
Practice 34: Take the Bird’s-Eye View
Practice 35: It’s the Same Old Things
Practice 36: Meat Is Dead Animal: Observe Objectively
Practice 37: Avoid Rashness: Test Your Impressions
Practice 38: Do Good, Be Good
SITUATIONAL PRACTICES: HOW TO HANDLE YOURSELF WHEN OTHER PEOPLE CHALLENGE YOU?
Practice 39: We Are All Limbs of the Same Body
Practice 40: Nobody Errs on Purpose
Practice 41: Find Your Own Faults
Practice 42: Forgive and Love Those Who Stumble
Practice 43: Pity Rather than Blame the Wrongdoer
Practice 44: Kindness Is Strength
Practice 45: How to Deal with Insults
Practice 46: Scratches Happen In Training
Practice 47: Don’t Abandon Others nor Yourself
Practice 48: For Such a Small Price, Buy Tranquility
Practice 49: Put Yourself in Other People’s Shoes
Practice 50: Choose Your Company Wel
Practice 51: Don’t Judge But Yourself
Practice 52: Do Good, Not Only No Evil
Practice 53: Say Only What’s Not Better Left Unsaid
Practice 54: Listen with the Intent to Understand
Practice 55: Lead by Example
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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness by Jonas Salzgeber is a great non-fiction book on philosophy. In this book, Jonas makes an attempt to consolidate the teachings of the Greek school of Stoic philosophy and present them in today’s setting where they can be just as relevant as they were in ancient Greece over 2000 years ago. The book is divided into several sections and chapters and starts with an introduction to Stoicism and an overview of its most important theories as well as some historical background. This includes a few short biographies on some of the Stoics including Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher Roman emperor. After that, the book moves from the theory of the philosophy towards its practical aspects and presents 55 short chapters on how to practice Stoicism in real life: insights from the ancient philosophers regarding practical advice for day-to-day living, as well as its application in today’s modern world we live in. There is also a bibliography at the end of the book which presents more reading resources. I really liked reading The Little Book of Stoicism for its simplicity and its genuine attempt to demystify this philosophy and present it in a contemporary setting. Although I had read about the Stoics before, I found out a few new things by reading this book. The language and writing style are simple and pleasing and I am sure will be relatable to most young people of today’s age. I actually wish that more short biographies of some other Stoic philosophers from the past had been included as well since I feel it is not only educational but also intriguing to learn more about the roots of this philosophy. Overall, for anyone interested in philosophy or simply looking for ways for self-improvement, this book will surely be very helpful.
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness is a self help guidebook penned by author Jonas Salzgeber. Redefining the bedrock philosophy of the past to embrace calmness in the modern day, this guidebook offers part philosophy class and part practical workbook in the quest for its readers to become modern Stoic thinkers. Author Jonas Salzgeber updates the popular philosophy of four key Stoic thinkers - Seneca the Younger, Musonius Rufus, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius – and enables his readers to understand their viewpoints for the modern day in as succinct a way as possible. From here, he develops the key areas of Stoic thinking, and later offers exercises to practice the ideas which have been taught in your daily life. People seeking peace in a chaotic world could benefit a lot in heeding the philosophy of an equally complex ancient time. Author Jonas Salzgeber curates some excellent thoughts and expands upon them with clear prose and uncomplicated concepts and examples, which should make The Little Book of Stoicism an easy and approachable read for all. The content is divided into short sections which effectively organize the philosophy into one point at a time, and the overall message of calm, resilient mindfulness is one which fits well with the modern thinking of the current age. What I particularly enjoyed was Part Two containing the practical exercises, a few of which I tried myself. This is the treasure chest at the end of the learning journey, a practical and mindful way to focus on self improvement.