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Reasons Not to Worry : How to be Stoic in chaotic times

Brigid Delaney
Format: Other
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (Piatkus Books)
Published: October 5, 2023
ISBN: 9780349436296
304 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


We’re all searching for answers to the biggest questions. How to be good? How to find calm? How to properly grieve? How to beat FOMO? How to work out what truly matters? Well, good news is that the wisest minds in history asked the exact same questions – and they found answers. Their ancient philosophy of Stoicism can show us that we today are in fact already in possession of the very tools we need to excavate this much-needed wisdom for ourselves.

So into the past we go with Brigid Delaney, to a time not unlike our own: one full of pandemonium, war, plagues, pestilence, treachery, corruption, anxiety, overindulgence­ and, even then, the fear of a climate apocalypse. By learning and living the teachings of three ancient guides, Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Brigid shows us how we can apply these lessons to our modern lives in a way that allows us to regain a sense of agency and tranquillity.

Stoicism can be tough medicine to swallow, but not here-this book is awash with insight, humour and compassion. Timely and so very useful, and filled to the brim with ways you can wrest back control, here are all the reasons not to worry.

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