The stoic philosophers seem like a tough crowd to relate to after all their name is synonymous with the absence of emotion but the Stoics were actually very interested in the pursuit of happiness (Successful Life) here are five strategies from the ancient philosophers that can make you a happier and more successful person.
Asking yourself this question is a great way to confront personal unhappiness this is because considering the worst case scenario helps put things in perspective and can make a bad situation seem better it's what the Stoics called negative visualization in most situations you'll discover that your initial problems were exaggerated the Stoics agreed with William James if you want a quality act as if you already have it when you find yourself feeling angry try forcing a smile and softening your voice if you act calm it will help you become calm science supports the theory a study of more than 26,000 people revealed that smiling increased self-reported happiness well you know what they say smile and the world smiles with you.
The Stoics honed their courage and self-control by practicing self-denial techniques over long periods indeed denying yourself something keeps you from taking it for granted when you do treat yourself you appreciate the luxury even more aside from being a happiness booster. Self-control is a good indication of a person strength and capacity for success Stoics believe that worrying about things beyond one's control is disempowering and a waste of energy, by contrast, finding satisfaction and what you can reasonably influence lowers anxiety about the past and future living in the present enables more efficient use of one's attention and energy while increasing overall happiness in both science and philosophy self-criticism is correlated with low motivation and weak self-control by contrast being consistently supportive of oneself leads to high motivation and strong self-control, self-compassion enables us to learn from our mistakes and the Stoics understood that nobody was immune to failure so when you suffer a personal failing forgive yourself and move on, you'll be a happier and more successful person, because of it.
In fact, we want what we want but how do we get it lucky for us research has unlocked four words you can always lean on to influence people first up it's all about you.
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