Do you worry too much? Stoicism can help

How imagining the worst case scenario can help calm anxiety.

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  • Stoicism is the philosophy that nothing about the world is good or bad in itself, and that we have control over both our judgments and our reactions to things.
  • It is hardest to control our reactions to the things that come unexpectedly.
  • By meditating every day on the "worst case scenario," we can take the sting out of the worst that life can throw our way.
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10 Stoic quotes we need right now

There's a reason it's called "timeless wisdom."

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  • Since its founding 2,300 years ago, Stoic philosophy has advocated for personal responsibility and emphasized staying present.
  • Instead of moving toward pleasure and avoiding pain, Stoics know it's better to treat every moment for what it brings.
  • Stoicism is especially pertinent during challenging times, such as now.
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10 schools of philosophy and why you should know them

There are many famous schools of thought that you have probably heard of, but did you hear the truth or just get a caricature of the idea? 

For your reading pleasure, here are ten schools of philosophy you should know about. Some of them are commonly misunderstood, and we correct that problem here.

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To Be Happier, Focus on What’s within Your Control

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

This is the Serenity Prayer, originally written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr around 1934, and commonly used by Alcoholics Anonymous and similar organisations. It is not just a key step toward recovery from addiction, it is a recipe for a happy life, meaning a life of serenity arrived at by consciously taking what life throws at us with equanimity. 

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Why Silicon Valley Titans Train Their Brains with Philosophy

Studying philosophy has had a major impact on the power players of Silicon Valley.

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