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  • Writer's pictureMarty Jalove

How Practicing Stoicism Can Bring Us Happiness

Stoicism, an ancient philosophy founded in Athens, Greece, by a philosopher named Zeno, has become increasingly popular in modern times as a way to find inner peace, control our emotions, and bring more happiness into our lives. This philosophy focuses on the idea that we should not let our emotions control our lives or our reactions to external circumstances, but instead, we should use our rational minds to control our thoughts and actions. In other words, stoicism can help us find calmness and clarity in a chaotic, stressful world. So, how can we start practicing stoicism? Here are five ways with a little help from BACON!

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B - Be Mindful of Your Thoughts and Reactions

The first step to becoming more stoic in our daily lives is to be mindful of our thoughts and reactions to external events. When something happens that triggers a negative emotion, instead of reacting impulsively, take a moment to pause and reflect on the situation. Ask yourself: is this something I can control or not? If it’s not within your control, accept it and focus on what you can control: your own thoughts and actions.

A - Accept Change and Impermanence

One of the fundamental teachings of stoicism is the acceptance of the impermanence of everything in life. Nothing lasts forever, and everything changes. Stoicism teaches us to embrace this reality and to accept change as a natural part of life. When we come to terms with the fleeting nature of all things, we are less likely to get attached to material possessions, relationships, or even our own thoughts and feelings. This acceptance can lead to greater peace and happiness in our lives.

C - Cultivate Self-Discipline

Stoicism also emphasizes the importance of cultivating self-discipline and self-control. This means developing a sense of inner strength and resolve that enables us to withstand difficult situations without succumbing to negative emotions or impulses. Self-discipline can take many forms, from setting and sticking to personal goals to practicing self-care and healthy habits. By building this skill, we can become more resilient and better equipped to handle life’s challenges.

O - Only Gratitude and Appreciation

Stoicism teaches us to appreciate the present moment and find joy in the simple things in life. By practicing gratitude and appreciation, we can shift our focus away from the negative aspects of life and instead focus on the good. Take time each day to reflect on the things you are grateful for, no matter how small they may seem. It could be as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee or spending time with loved ones.

N - Nourish Your Relationships

As social creatures, human beings crave connection and relationships with others. Stoicism emphasizes the importance of nourishing these relationships and treating others with kindness and compassion. By cultivating positive relationships, we can find joy and meaning in our lives, even in difficult times. Try to connect with friends and loved ones regularly, and practice empathy and understanding in all your interactions.

Practicing stoicism can be a powerful tool for finding more happiness and inner peace in our lives. By being mindful of our thoughts and reactions, accepting impermanence, cultivating self-discipline, practicing gratitude, and nourishing our relationships, we can live a more fulfilling life. So, why not give it a try? Use a little BACON as a guide and see how it can bring more happiness into your life. Remember, it’s not about controlling external circumstances, but instead, it’s about finding inner clarity, strength, and purpose. Give yourself the gift of stoicism and see what it can do for you.

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