I know there has been a lot of Philosophy related posts on this blog lately, but Philosophy is an important part of most of our lives.

Just about all of us want to live a good life, and that life can take many forms, but when you boil it down it all comes down to how we view things, our Philosophy on life.

In A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, William B. 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 in this age of information overload.

Readers will also 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.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy shows us how to become thoughtful observers of our 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.

This book has been a Joy to read, and I can sincerely say that it is among the ten best books I’ve read this year. Even if you’re not that into Philosophy it is still a great read, as it is more about life than anything else.

Wishing you all a great day!

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I know there has been a lot of Philosophy related posts on this blog lately, but Philosophy is an important part of most of our lives. Just about all of us want to live a good life, and that life can take many forms, but when you boil it down...