A Guide to the Good Life

A Guide to the Good Life


  • Release: 2008-11-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 336 page
  • ISBN: 0199792623
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One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. In A Guide to the Good Life, 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. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life. As he does so, he describes his own experiences practicing Stoicism and offers valuable first-hand advice for anyone wishing to live better by following in the footsteps of these ancient philosophers. Readers 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. Finally, A Guide to the Good Life shows readers how to become thoughtful observers of their 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.

How to Live a Good Life

How to Live a Good Life


  • Release: 2020-01-07
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 256 page
  • ISBN: 9780525566151
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A collection of essays by fifteen philosophers presenting a thoughtful, introductory guide to choosing a philosophy for living an examined and meaningful life. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL Socrates famously said "the unexamined life is not worth living," but what does it mean to truly live philosophically? This thought-provoking, wide-ranging collection brings together essays by fifteen leading philosophers reflecting on what it means to live according to a philosophy of life. From Eastern philosophies (Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism) and classical Western philosophies (such as Aristotelianism and Stoicism), to the four major religions, as well as contemporary philosophies (such as existentialism and effective altruism), each contributor offers a lively, personal account of how they find meaning in the practice of their chosen philosophical tradition. Together, the pieces in How to Live a Good Life provide not only a beginner's guide to choosing a life philosophy but also a timely portrait of what it means to live an examined life in the twenty-first century.

The Stoic Challenge  A Philosopher s Guide to Becoming Tougher  Calmer  and More Resilient

The Stoic Challenge A Philosopher s Guide to Becoming Tougher Calmer and More Resilient


  • Release: 2019-09-03
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 224 page
  • ISBN: 9780393652505
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A practical, refreshingly optimistic guide that uses centuries-old wisdom to help us better cope with the stresses of modern living. Some people bounce back in response to setbacks; others break. We often think that these responses are hardwired, but fortunately this is not the case. Stoicism offers us an alternative approach. Plumbing the wisdom of one of the most popular and successful schools of thought from ancient Rome, philosopher William B. Irvine teaches us to turn any challenge on its head. The Stoic Challenge, then, is the ultimate guide to improving your quality of life through tactics developed by ancient Stoics, from Marcus Aurelius and Seneca to Epictetus. This book uniquely combines ancient Stoic insights with techniques discovered by contemporary psychological research, such as anchoring and framing. The result is a surprisingly simple strategy for dealing with life’s unpleasant and unexpected challenges—from minor setbacks like being caught in a traffic jam or having a flight cancelled to major setbacks like those experienced by physicist Stephen Hawking, who slowly lost the ability to move, and writer Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered from locked-in syndrome. The Stoics discovered that thinking of challenges as tests of character can dramatically alter our emotional response to them. Irvine’s updated “Stoic test strategy” teaches us how to transform life’s stumbling blocks into opportunities for becoming calmer, tougher, and more resilient. Not only can we overcome everyday obstacles—we can benefit from them, too.

Money and Happiness

Money and Happiness


  • Release: 2005-03-11
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 256 page
  • ISBN: 9780471728566
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Praise for Money & Happiness "Laura Rowley makes us all understand the money-happinessconnection in our own lives so that we spend our time and ourefforts wisely. She gets to the heart of why money can bringfeelings of stress, joy, and freedom, and Rowley offers insightthat every reader can use to make smarter decisions that will leadto living a rich life in every possible definition of theterm." --Lucy Danziger, Editor in Chief, Self magazine "This is a wry and companionable guide to getting your finances inbetter sync with your values, and who wouldn't be enriched bythat?" --Melinda Henneberger, Contributing Editor, Newsweek "Money and Happiness takes cold, hard, financial information andwarms it up through the voice of your best friend. You'll find outhow to achieve your life dreams, and avoid money nightmares. Thecost of this book may be the best investment you'll evermake." --Kevin McKinley, CFP, author of Make Your Kid a Millionaire andhost of public radio's On Your Money "Let Laura Rowley guide you to a rational and rewarding life byhelping you re-order your approach to your financial well-being.This book covers all the dimensions you need to know about how toplan properly for your reality. She teaches that you need not beloaded to be happy. And she shows you how to set, then achieve,your goals. For your sanity, Rowley is a welcome antidote to thewave of materialism washing over our culture." --Allan Dodds Frank, Bloomberg Television

Living the Good Life

Living the Good Life


  • Release: 2004-02-02
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 180 page
  • ISBN: 9781770907379
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David Patchell-Evans is the founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness Clubs, Canada’s largest and fastest-growing fitness empire. Patchell-Evans, or “Patch,” as everyone calls him, is a five-time Canadian rowing champion and an active rower, runner, and skier today. Two weeks into his first year in university he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. A lengthy and arduous period of rehabilitation at a sports clinic sparked his interest in sports and exercise, and he went on to combine courses in physical fitness and business, and to found his business empire. In this sane approach to health and exercise, Patch recounts his own personal story and gives balanced and inspiring tips on exercise, diet, and life.

A Spiritual Renegade s Guide to the Good Life

A Spiritual Renegade s Guide to the Good Life


  • Release: 2012-06-05
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 290 page
  • ISBN: 9781582703732
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A lighthearted and unabashed manifest for creating and sustaining happiness in today's highly stressed, consumer-based world shares recommendations for readers from all backgrounds, providing action plans for specific changes while offering accompanying Microsoft tags for bonus video material. Original.

The Good Life Book

The Good Life Book


  • Release: 2017-03-13
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  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 256 page
  • ISBN: 099768240X
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Transform your life in 30 days.We are all working hard, but are we working on the right things? We all want to live a good life, yet life itself sometimes seems to get in the way. Based on the author's two decades of experience in helping the leaders of large organizations effect change, this book presents a fresh and structured approach on to how to transform our own lives--to feel alive and to minimize regrets.You will read about how to apply the three disciplines of a good life: Directing Energy Unlocking Potential Enabling GrowthYou'll use these disciplines to not only change your life, but also sustain the benefits of that change through the inevitable highs and lows that come with being human.

How to Live the Good Life

How to Live the Good Life


  • Release: 2019-04-03
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 444 page
  • ISBN: 9781532071423
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Preposterous, challenging, stimulating. “A note of caution: this is not an easy read. Nor is it for the detached, uninvolved person. The author invites readers to accompany him on a journey of self-discovery and provides a road map to boot, rarely presented in such a clear and comprehensive way. The breadth and depth of Arthur Jackson’s knowledge and experience become obvious early on as he presents a plethora of views from well-known and lesser-known philosophers, psychiatrists, psychologists, mathematicians, and others who influenced modern Western ideologies . . . This is a compendium of knowledge and insight nonpareil—truly a masterwork!” —Adrienne Juliano, member, Foundation for Mind-Being Research Arthur Jackson’s book is the product of his lifelong struggle to find a naturalistic alternative to traditional folk religions (like Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism) capable of providing comparable emotional support. This effort led to what is now recognized as a science of religion and ethics—a religion of wisdom providing guidance to any person interested in making moral and ethical choices. I believe that until a concrete science of religion and ethics exists and organizes to apply its findings, humanity will continue to struggle to create these things. How to Live the Good Life: A User’s Guide for Modern Humans is a fascinating and eye-opening guide aimed at helping people experience more joy and achieving their full, positive potential.

How to Live a Good Life

How to Live a Good Life


  • Release: 2018-03-13
  • Publisher: Hay House
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 256 page
  • ISBN: 9781401946326
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Seriously . . . another book that tells you how to live a good life? Don't we have enough of those? You'd think so. Yet, more people than ever are walking through life disconnected, disengaged, dissatisfied, mired in regret, declining health, and a near maniacal state of gut-wrenching autopilot busyness. Whatever is out there isn't getting through. We don't know who to trust. We don't know what's real and what's fantasy. We don't know how and where to begin and we don't want to wade through another minute of advice that gives us hope, then saps our time and leaves us empty. How to Live a Good Life is your antidote; a practical and provocative modern-day manual for the pursuit of a life well lived. No need for blind faith or surrender of intelligence; everything you'll discover is immediately actionable and subject to validation through your own experience. Drawn from the intersection of science, spirituality, and the author's years-long quest to learn at the feet of masters from nearly every tradition and walk of life, this book offers a simple yet powerful model, the "Good Life Buckets " --spend 30 days filling your buckets and reclaiming your life. Each day will bring a new, practical yet powerful idea, along with a specific exploration designed to rekindle deep, loving, and compassionate relationships; cultivate vitality, radiance, and graceful ease; and leave you feeling lit up by the way you contribute to the world, like you're doing the work you were put on the planet to do. How to Live a Good Life is not just a book to be read; it's a path to possibility, to be walked, then lived.