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. Listeners 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 listeners 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.
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Von Christian Weiss Am hilfreichsten 14.10.2015
Insightful and applicable to today's life
I was very sceptical as I'm not a flowerchild kind of person - rather a software engineer and consultant.
I was a bit delighted to hear, that the writer is a scientist (philosophy).
The way he introduces the topic and explains it's applicability to today's life surprised me. The ease to apply it to my life and the suggestion to do so one tiny step at a time without setting away extra time is extremely practical. It didn't take long for me to have an impact.
I'm listening to the book the second time now and it stays insightful and interesting.