A Stoic’s Guide To Happiness In An Unhappy World

“True happiness is to understand our duties toward God and man; to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence on the future. Not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears, but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is abundantly sufficient.” ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

We all want contentment.

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“Any man,” says Epicurus, “who does not think that what he has is more than ample, is an unhappy man, even if he is the master of the whole world.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, the great Roman philosopher, often made the case in his letters against lavish living and the tying of contentment to transient pleasures that had swept over the Roman people. It was clear to him then, as it is to us today, that relying on such things for happiness is like building a house on sand.

“ There is no enjoying the possession of anything valuable unless one has someone to share it with.”

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“Only the wise man is content with what is his. All foolishness suffers the burden of dissatisfaction with itself.”

Let us not be foolish. Let us not suffer this dissatisfaction with our own poor mindsets. Instead, let us pursue wisdom, and cultivate the character which derives contentment from within.

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