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A Guide to the Good Life

The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

William B. Irvine

Gain timeless wisdom on living a fulfilled life from the ancient philosophy of Stoicism with A Guide to the Good Life. Author William B. Irvine presents practical advice and techniques for attaining tranquility, minimizing worry, and finding contentment in our modern lives. Learn how to let go of the past, focus on what we can control, and become a more thoughtful observer of our own life in order to avoid chronic dissatisfaction. This engaging and insightful read provides invaluable advice for anyone looking to live a more joyful life.
Publish Date
first published in 2008
Goodreads Rating
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine -- Best (?) walk through the ancient/current philosophy of Stoicism. You can't control other people but you can control yourself, so do that.      source
In terms of Stoicism, I think what really got me turned on to that originally was sort of an introductory text that summarizes a lot of the work, which is A Guide to the Good Life.      source
Almost too personal for me to give an objective review, because I found when reading it that the quirky philosophy I've been living my life by since 17 matches up exactly with a 2000-year-old philosophy called Stoicism. Mine was self-developed haphazardly, so it was fascinating to read the refined developed original. Really resonated.      source
The book that had the biggest impact on me this year was “A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” —>      source
I immediately checked out of the library and read completely.      source
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.      source
Everyone needs to chill out and read A Guide to the Good Life. Great book on stoicism with which I largely agree      source
A very interesting read.      source