12 Powerful Stoic Affirmations

12 Powerful Stoic Affirmations

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This article explores stoic affirmations one can use to set up a stoic day ahead, and as they become a habit, one can easily set up for the great beginning of a stoic life.

Your beliefs and perception become your thoughts. Your thoughts then become your words. And, your words become your actions. Your actions become your routine and habits. Your habits become your values. And then, your values become your life’s destiny.

This flow of continual events comes from a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. He also put it more succinctly: “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

To accept this progression is to accept that you have control over your life and your thoughts. Control over the type of person you are and the type of life you want to live. And, it all starts with small, conscious continuous efforts.

You take time to form your perception, and beliefs based on what you see, learn and know of the world around you. You consciously think about and mentally rehearse those beliefs positive or negative. With clear words, you then plan actions from those perceptions and beliefs. And, consistent actions form routines and habits. And if you are what you repeatedly do, then your habits reveal your values which ultimately shape your behavior and contribute to your lifelong destiny.

Again, the beginnings aren’t always big and easy. Nor are the changes instant. But with continuous practice and persistence, one can change one’s thoughts and, thereby, change one’s life.

“Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”

– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 5.16

But we all know that it sounds great in theory, but how do you put it into practice in your day-to-day life daily? Well, one way is to do your mental rehearsals first thing in the morning. Cement your beliefs by reminding yourself what you stand for, what your values are, and what is your purpose in life. Then say them out loud. Allow your mind to automatically absorb and repeat them.

Below-mentioned is such stoic affirmations one can use to set up a stoic day ahead, and as they become a habit, one can easily set up for the great beginning of a stoic life.

“Of all people, only those are at leisure who make time for philosophy, only they truly live. Not satisfied with merely keeping good watch over their days, they annex every age to their own. All the harvest of the past is added to their store. Only an ingrate would fail to see that these great architects of venerable thoughts were born for us and have designed a way of life for us.” —Seneca

Related: Stoicism: Stoic Wisdom for Modern Life

Source: Everyday Stoic

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12 Powerful Stoicism Affirmations

Stoic Affirmations #1: “Today I am grateful I woke up.”

When every day begins with a positive thought or gratitude it becomes harder to lose sight of positive things and what matters in your life.

Simply being thankful you opened your eyes to every other experience today that is worthwhile. You are also able to appreciate this new day with the positivity that you have been granted knowing that you won’t take it for granted.

Stoic Affirmations #2: “Today I will focus only on what’s necessary.”

If we let ourselves specialize in what’s not necessary, our days can become crammed with activities that take our attention far away from what we want to be spending time on, like with our family, or with our loved ones.

Breaking news, advertising, and social media disagreements — are just a few of the things that want us to stay engaged with them for as long as possible. As our attention gets haphazardly dragged from here to there, the complexity of life increases. Stoics seek to simplify.

“Because most of what we are saying and doing isn’t essential. Ask yourself at every moment, is that this necessary?” -Meditations 4.24

With everything you say yes to, you’re indirectly saying no to something else that is way more important. Some time is your own but it’s a finite resource, and to maximize the time, you’ve got, it’s up to you each day to specialize and invest in the people and stuff that interest you at the expense of the items that don’t (like watching YouTube videos, or social media reels). Less time for noise. Less time for needless. Also, less time for nonsense. Longer than necessary.

Stoic Affirmations #3: “Today I will tolerate, and where possible help, difficult/rude people as I don’t know what battles they are fighting.”

Each day you’ll inherit contact with people of various personalities, different backgrounds, and different beliefs. Good people can experience negative moods. Good people are often browsing through difficult situations you recognize or understand nothing about.

For reasons known only to them, they may be ungrateful, unsocial, or even malicious towards you. It’s possible to tolerate these people if you select to not be harmed by them. You don’t get to be angry with them or hate them. For better or worse, they’re doing their best with what they know. They don’t infect you with their actions. It’s also possible not only to tolerate these people but to help them.

How? By simply being kind. Seneca’s simple rule was to treat everyone as a chance for kindness. We are here for the sake and support of one another. A small act can ripple outwards and have a big impact. Helped people help people. That person who is fighting an internal battle and is taking it out on the world? Show them kindness, and you might just turn their day around.

Stoic Affirmations #4: “Today I will spend no time on what I can’t control.”

One of the core tenets of Stoicism is separating things we will control from things we can’t. When we do that we will apply ourselves to things we will affect instead of worrying about things that we can’t directly influence.

Epictetus told us that our opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and actions are within our control, while our body, property, reputation, command, and whatever are not our actions are not within our control. Remind yourself of this distinction every morning to enforce the habit as the day progresses.

With each situation that arises, you will learn to direct your attention to what you can control and to tell yourself not to worry about the things you can’t control. “Don’t worry” is simpler said than done in fact, but directing real effort to things within your control gives your mind something more productive to specialize in, and therefore the more you practice the better you get.

Stoic Affirmations #5: “The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own . . .” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 2.5.4–5

The single most important practice in Stoic philosophy is differentiating between what we can change and what we can’t. What we have influence over and what we do not. A flight is delayed because of weather —no amount of yelling at an airline representative will end a storm. No amount of wishing will make you taller or shorter or born in a different country. No matter how hard you try, you can’t make someone like you. And on top of that, time spent hurling yourself at these immovable objects is time not spent on the things we can change.

Stoic Affirmations #6: “What is the fruit of these teachings? Only the most beautiful and proper harvest of the truly educated—tranquillity, fearlessness, and freedom. We should not trust the masses who say only the free can be educated, but rather the lovers of wisdom who say that only the educated are free.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 2.1.21–23a

Why did you pick up this article? Why pick up any material? Not to seem smarter, not to pass time on the plane, not to hear what you want to hear—there are plenty of easier choices than reading.

No, you are reading this article because you are learning how to live. Because you want to be freer, fearless, and achieve a state of peace. Education—reading and meditating on the wisdom of great minds—is not to be done for its own sake. It has a purpose.

Remember that imperative on the days you start to feel distracted when watching television or having a snack seems like a better use of your time than reading or studying philosophy. Knowledge—self-knowledge in particular—is freedom.

Stoic Affirmations #7: “How many have laid waste to your life when you weren’t aware of what you were losing, how much was wasted in pointless grief, foolish joy, greedy desire, and social amusements—how little of your own was left to you. You will realize you are dying before your time!” —SENECA, ON THE BREVITY OF LIFE, 3.3b

One of the hardest things to do in life is to say “No.” To invitations, requests, obligations, to the stuff that everyone else is doing. Even harder is saying no to certain time-consuming emotions: anger, excitement, distraction, obsession, lust. None of these impulses feels like a big deal by itself, but run amok, they become a commitment like anything else.

If you’re not careful, these are precisely the impositions that will overwhelm and consume your life. Do you ever wonder how you can get some of your time back, how you can feel less busy? Start by learning the power of “No!”—as in “No, thank you,” “No, I’m not going to get caught up in that,” and “No, I just can’t right now.” It may hurt some feelings. It may turn people off. It may take some hard work.

But the more you say no to the things that don’t matter, the more you can say yes to the things that do. This will let you live and enjoy your life—the life that you want.

Stoic Affirmations #8: “All you need are these: certainty of judgment in the present moment; action for the common good in the present moment; and an attitude of gratitude in the present moment for anything that comes your way.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 9.6

Perception, Action, Will. Those are the three overlapping but critical disciplines of Stoicism.

There’s more to the philosophy certainly—and we could spend all day talking about the unique beliefs of the various Stoics: “This is what Heraclitus thought . . .” “Zeno is from Citium, a city in Cyprus, and he believed . . .” But would such facts help your day today? What clarity does trivia provide?

Instead, the following little reminder sums up the three most essential parts of Stoic philosophy worth carrying with you every day, into every decision:

  • Control your perceptions.
  • Direct your actions properly.
  • Willingly accept what’s outside your control.

That’s all we need to do.

Stoic Affirmations #9: “Let all your efforts be directed to something, let it keep that end in view. It’s not an activity that disturbs people, but false conceptions of things that drive them mad.” —SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 12.5

Having an end in mind is no guarantee that you’ll reach it—no Stoic would tolerate that assumption—but not having an end in mind is a guarantee you won’t. To the Stoics, oiêsis (false conceptions) are responsible not just for disturbances in the soul but for chaotic and dysfunctional lives and operations.

When your efforts are not directed at a cause or a purpose, how will you know what to do day in and day out? How will you know what to say no to and what to say yes to? How will you know when you’ve had enough when you’ve reached your goal when you’ve gotten off track if you’ve never defined what those things are?

The answer is that you cannot. And so you are driven into failure—or worse, into madness by the oblivion of directionlessness.

Stoic Affirmations #10: “A person who doesn’t know what the universe is, doesn’t know where they are. A person who doesn’t know their purpose in life doesn’t know who they are or what the universe is. A person who doesn’t know any one of these things doesn’t know why they are here. So what to make of people who seek or avoid the praise of those who do not know where or who they are?” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 8.52

How often are we asked a simple question like “Who are you?” or “What do you do?” or “Where are you from?” Considering it a superficial question—if we even consider it at all—we don’t bother with more than a superficial answer.

But, with guns to their head, most people couldn’t give much in the way of a substantive answer. Could you? Have you taken the time to get clarity about who you are and what you stand for? Or are you too busy chasing unimportant things, mimicking the wrong influences, and following disappointing or unfulfilling or non-existent paths?

Stoic Affirmations #11: “The proper work of the mind is the exercise of choice, refusal, yearning, repulsion, preparation, purpose, and assent. What then can pollute and clog the mind’s proper functioning? Nothing but its own corrupt decisions.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 4.11.6–7

Let’s break down each one of those tasks:

  • Choice—to do and think right
  • Refusal—of temptation
  • Yearning—to be better
  • Repulsion—of negativity, of bad influences, of what isn’t true
  • Preparation—for what lies ahead or whatever may happen
  • Purpose—our guiding principle and highest priority
  • Assent—to be free of deception about what’s inside and outside our control (and be ready to accept the latter)

This is what the mind is here to do. We must make sure that it does— and see everything else as pollution or corruption.

Stoic Affirmations #12: “We must give up many things to which we are addicted, considering them to be good. Otherwise, courage will vanish, which should continually test itself. The greatness of the soul will be lost, which can’t stand out unless it disdains as petty what the mob regards as most desirable. —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 74.12b–13

What we consider to be harmless indulgences can easily become full-blown addictions. We start with coffee in the morning, and soon enough we can’t start the day without it. We check our email because it’s part of our job, and soon enough we feel the phantom buzz of the phone in our pocket every few seconds. Soon enough, these harmless habits are running our lives.

The little compulsions and drives we have not only chip away at our freedom and sovereignty, but also cloud our clarity. We think we’re in control —but are we? As one addict put it, addiction is when we’ve “lost the freedom to abstain.” Let us reclaim that freedom.

What that addiction is for you can vary: Soda? Drugs? Complaining? Gossip? The Internet? Biting your nails? But you must reclaim the ability to abstain because within it is your clarity and self-control.

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As a means of overcoming destructive emotions, Stoicism teaches the development of self-control and fortitude; the philosophy posits that rationality can be discovered by becoming a clear, unbiased thinker.

Source: TED-Ed

Stoicism FAQs

Stoicism / Stoicism definition / Stoic meaning

Stoicism is defined as enduring pleasure or pain without showing emotion. When you neither react when you get burned badly nor react when you win the lottery, this is an example of stoicism.

Stoicism quotes

Marcus Aurelius

  • “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
  • “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…”
  • “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
  • “If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”
  • “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”
  • “People are not disturbed by things, but by the views, they take of them.”
  • “Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”
  • “The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”
  • “Don’t go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.”
  • “Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.”


  • “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”
  • “Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.”
  • “First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.”
  • “Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.”
  • “He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.”
  • “Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.” 
  • “A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope.”
  • “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
  • “You become what you give your attention to.”
  • “No person is free who is not master of himself.”


  • “It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”
  • “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
  • “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”
  • “Associate with people who are likely to improve you.”
  • “Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms – you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.”
  • “If a man knows not to which port he sails; no wind is favorable.”
  • “He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary.”
  • “The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”
  • “To wish to be well is a part of becoming well.”
  • “He who is brave is free.”

Stoicism philosophy

In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius offers us a glimpse into the mind of an ancient philosopher who lived during the Roman Empire. He was a stoic philosopher who believed that we should live life by our own rules.

The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius

The word “stoic” comes from the Greek word for “firm.” It means someone who has control over themselves and their emotions. This philosophy teaches people how to cope with adversity to achieve inner peace.

Learn from others.

If you’re looking for advice on how to deal with stress, you might find some helpful tips in the writings of Marcus Aurelius. He wrote about the importance of controlling one’s thoughts and actions, as well as learning from other people’s experiences.

Be prepared.

Marcus Aurelius also taught us that we should prepare ourselves mentally before facing any situation. This includes being ready to face challenges and difficulties head-on rather than avoiding them.

Don’t worry about what other people think.

Marcus Aurelius wrote, “You must learn how to die. You must practice dying every day. If you do not, then when death comes, you will not be prepared.”

Live each day as it comes.

This quote is often used to encourage people to embrace uncertainty and live with less certainty. However, there is more to Marcus Aurelius than just living with uncertainty. His philosophy also encourages people to live by their own rules.

Remember that nothing lasts forever.

Marcus Aurelius reminds us that everything changes. Nothing stays the same. We cannot control what happens in the future, so we must focus on how we will react when things do not go as planned.

Stoicism meaning

The word “Stoic” comes from the Greek word for “calm.” It was used by ancient philosophers to describe people who were able to control their emotions in difficult situations.

The Meaning of Stoicism

What is Stoicism?

Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that was founded by Zeno of Citium (c. 334–262 BC). It teaches that we should live according to nature, which means living by our values, beliefs, and principles.

Stoicism is an ancient philosophy based on the teachings of Zeno of Citium (c. 334–262 BC). Its central idea is that we should accept what happens as part of life’s flow and learn from our experiences.

Stoicism has been used by philosophers throughout history to help people live happier lives. It teaches us how to cope with adversity and encourages us to develop good character traits such as courage, perseverance, and self-reliance.

And what does it have to offer us today?

Today, Stoicism is being used by psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals to help people deal with stress, anxiety, and depression. In addition, it’s also being used by entrepreneurs, athletes, and others who want to improve their performance and achieve success.

And how can it help us live happier lives?

Today, we often associate stoicism with being tough, unemotional, and unfeeling. However, the original meaning of the term was much more positive. The Stoics believed that living a life of virtue would lead to happiness. They also thought that living a virtuous life would make them better people, so they practiced self-discipline and self-control.

Why did ancient philosophers embrace this philosophy?

Ancient philosophers embraced Stoicism because it taught them how to live a life of virtue. They believed that people who lived according to nature were happier than those who didn’t. In addition, they thought that living according to nature would help them achieve happiness.

Stoicism philosophers

  1. Zeno of Citium (332–262 BC), founder of Stoicism and the Stoic Academy (Stoa) in Athens.
  2. Aristo of Chios
  3. Herillus of Carthage
  4. Cleanthes (of Assos) (330–232 BC), the second head of Stoic Academy.
  5. Chrysippus (280–204 BC), the third head of the academy.
  6. Diogenes of Babylon (230–150 BC)

Note: Seneca the Younger: Stoicism’s Most Controversial Thinker

Seneca is one of the most famous and controversial Stoic philosophers. One of Rome’s greatest writers, Seneca was born in Spain in around 4 BCE. He moved to Rome in his youth to study philosophy and was taught by the Stoic Attalus.

Stoicism principles

In today’s world, we often feel like our lives are out of control. But what if we could take back control over our destiny? What if we could live by these five Stoic principles?

5 Stoic Principles for Life

The ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus said that “the only things in life that you can fully control are your thoughts. Everything else is beyond your control.” This philosophy has been around for centuries, and many people still practice it today.

Stoicism principles #1: Live with intention.

If you want to live a happy life, you need to make choices based on how you want to live. You should choose to act in ways that will bring you joy, not pain. And you should choose to act by your values, not against them.

Stoicism principles #2: Be mindful of your actions.

To do so, you must first understand yourself. This means understanding who you are, where you came from, and why you behave as you do. Once you understand yourself, you can begin to identify your values. These are the things that matter most to you. They guide your decisions and help you decide whether something is right or wrong.

Stoicism principles #3: Accept responsibility for your life.

If you accept responsibility for your life, then you will also accept the consequences of your actions. You will not blame others for your mistakes or failures. Instead, you will learn from them and move forward with renewed determination.

Stoicism principles #4: Don’t let fear rule you.

Fear is an emotion that has no place in your life. It makes us do irrational things, such as avoiding risks, failing at tasks, and even hurting ourselves. To overcome fear, you must first recognize it when it arises. Then you need to replace it with something more positive.

Stoicism principles #5: Take action.

If you want to live a happy life, you need to act. You need to make decisions and take action. This means making choices, taking risks, and doing things that scare you.

Stoicism Christianity

Please refer to this guide to learn more about how stoicism influenced Christianity. Read here.

Stoicism meditation: Tips for Starting a Stoic Meditation Practice

The Stoics believed that life was full of suffering and pain and that we should learn how to live in harmony with this reality. They also believed that we could control our emotions through reason and logic. In this guide, learn how to meditate using the principles of Stoicism.

Here are five tips to get you started.

1) Find a quiet space.

2) Sit comfortably with your back straight.

3) Close your eyes.

4) Focus on your breathing.

5) Don’t judge your thoughts.

Bonus Tips:

Start with a small goal.

If you’re just starting, try setting yourself up for success by choosing a small goal. This will help you stay motivated and focused. You might choose to meditate every day for five minutes, or set aside one hour each week to meditate.

Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.

Once you’ve chosen a goal, find a quiet place where you’ll be undisturbed. It’s also helpful to make sure there aren’t any distractions nearby. Turn off your phone, put away your laptop, and turn down the volume on your music player.

Set aside time each day.

You should set aside at least 15 minutes every day to meditate. This will help you build up a habit of practicing regularly. If you’re new to meditation, try starting with just five minutes per day. As you become more comfortable with the process, you can gradually work your way up to 20 minutes.

Don’t try to force it.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to make yourself sit down and meditate. That’s not what Stoicism is about. Instead, focus on doing something that helps you relax and clear your mind. Try sitting quietly in a quiet place where there aren’t any distractions. Or try listening to music while you meditate.

Stoicism meaning of life

The word “stoic” means “firm in spirit.” It was coined by the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno of Citium (c. 334–262 BC), who believed that living a virtuous life would bring happiness. He also taught that virtue could be achieved through self-discipline.

The Meaning of Life According to Stoics:

Live as though you were going to die tomorrow.

In his book, On the Nature of Man, Epictetus wrote, “The whole aim of practical philosophy is to teach us to carry out our actions in such a way that we shall not be disturbed by external things.” This quote emphasizes the importance of controlling one’s emotions and thoughts so that they do not control them.

Don’t worry about what others think of you.

If you’re worried about how people will react to your decisions, then you’ll never make any good ones. You should only care about yourself and what you think is right.

Be kind to everyone.

The ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus said “Do not be disturbed by anything other than your own opinions. Remember that whatever happens to others does not concern you.” This means that we shouldn’t worry about what other people think about us or our actions. We should focus on ourselves and what we think is right.

Do good work.

In addition to being happy with yourself, you should also try to make the world a better place. You can do this by helping others, volunteering, donating money, or simply doing something nice for someone else.

Have courage.

A good life is one lived with courage. This means living with integrity, honesty, and respect for others. It also means having the strength to face challenges head-on without fear.

What is Stoicism’s belief?

Our wealth, status, power, possessions, and stature have no social significance when it comes to our relationships with one another, according to the Stoics. There is no difference between us. According to them, social relationships are not affected by external differences such as rank and wealth.

What are the 4 main ideas of Stoicism?

A detailed taxonomy of virtue was developed by the Stoics, dividing virtue into four main categories: wisdom, justice, courage, and moderation.

What is Stoicism in simple terms?

The concept of stoicism is defined as the ability to endure pleasure or pain without showing emotion. Stoicism is the ability to not react when you get burned badly or when you win the lottery.

What is a stoic person?

The modern definition of a stoic (lower case) mindset is described as “a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.” Stoicism indeed helps people become resilient and calm when faced with adversity and hardship, but there is much more to it than that.

Who is the most famous Stoic?

Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca were the names of, respectively, Roman emperors, former slaves who became influential lecturers and friends of Hadrian, and famous playwrights and political advisers.

Do Stoics believe in Jesus?

The Stoics follow Heraclitus and believe in one Logos; the Christians follow Jesus and believe in one God. Furthermore, both Stoicism and Christianity serve the will of the Logos/God.

Do Stoics believe in God?

According to Stoic philosophy, there is a god, but any god can exist. Many of these philosophies don’t require or promote belief in deities, and they may even promote atheism. According to the Stoics, everything is a result of the creator’s plans and purposes.

How do you know if you are a Stoic?

They don’t worry about things they have no control over.

“Of things, some are in our power, and others are not.” ~ Epictetus

They don’t allow themselves to be taken by surprise.

“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

They remain calm in the face of chaos.

“To be like the rock that waves keep crashing over. It stands unmoved and the raging of the sea falls still around it.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

They are happy with what they have.

“It is not the man who has too little who is poor, but the one who hankers after more.” ~ Seneca

They accept everything that happens.

“Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish, but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life.” ~ Epictetus

They listen more than they speak.

“Practice hearing what people say. Do your best to get inside their minds.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

They do not fear death.

“What is the harm in returning to the point whence you came? He will live poorly who does not know how to die well.” ~ Seneca

Are Stoics happy?

The Stoics do not hide behind expressionless faces when they are happy, sad, angry, or intense, since Stoicism does not require a lack of humor or passion. The essence of Stoic happiness is living a good and meaningful life rather than living for pleasure.

What Are the Best Books On Stoicism?

  1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  2. Letters from A Stoic by Seneca
  3. Discourses by Epictetus
  4. The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
  5. The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday

How to Be a Stoic: 9 Stoic Exercises to Get You Started

  1. The Dichotomy of Control
  2. Journal
  3. Practice Misfortune
  4. Train Perceptions
  5. Remember—It’s All Ephemeral
  6. Take The View from Above
  7. Memento Mori: Meditate On Your Mortality
  8. Premeditatio Malorum
  9. Amor Fati

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9 Stoic Affirmations

Stoic Affirmations #1: “Today I am grateful I woke up.”

Go to bed saying this to yourself: “I have finished living; I have run the course that fortune set for me.”

Stoic Affirmations #2: “Today I will focus only on what’s necessary.”

“Because most of what we say and do isn’t essential. Ask yourself at every moment, Is this necessary?”

– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 4.24

Stoic Affirmations #3: “Today I will tolerate, and where possible help, difficult/rude people as I don’t know what battles they are fighting.”

Stoic Affirmations #4: “Today I will spend no time on what I can’t control.”

Stoic Affirmations #5: “Today I will not exaggerate problems; I will accept them as challenges.”

Stoic Affirmations #6: “Today I will be specific about my worries and deal with them one step at a time.”

Stoic Affirmations #7: “Today I will be present with others, not distracted.”

Stoic Affirmations #8: “Today I will keep in mind that little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within my way of thinking.”

Stoic Affirmations #9: “Today I will do a little better than yesterday.”

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