When using hypnosis to help people it is mostly about helping them solve single problems, quit smoking, increase confidence, overcome anxiety and trauma. Building a happy life is bigger than solving a single problem. The answers are not simple. The best recommendations I can offer are about living by a philosophy that looks at life in a grand scheme. There are many good philosophies that do that. One that I can recommend to anyone starting out is the philosophy of Stoicism.

Stoic philosopher/King Marcus Aurelius

Stoic philosopher/King Marcus Aurelius

Incorporating Stoic principles into daily life can be a challenging but rewarding process. This article will explore specific strategies for incorporating Stoicism into one’s daily routine and finding greater balance, happiness, and well-being. We will examine the key practices and techniques that are central to the Stoic philosophy, including mindfulness, cultivating virtues, reflecting on what is within one’s control, and practicing gratitude. By following these principles, individuals can learn to live in accordance with reason and virtue, and to find peace and contentment in the face of life’s challenges. Whether you are new to Stoicism or have been practicing for some time, this article will provide practical guidance and insights for incorporating Stoic principles into your daily life.

Stoicism is a philosophical tradition that emphasizes the importance of living in accordance with reason and virtue. It is also about accepting what is outside of one’s control. Some key Stoic practices that may be helpful for cultivating these values include:

Practice mindfulness

Stoics believe that it is important to pay attention to the present moment and to focus on what is within one’s control. To not do this would be to get caught up in negative thoughts or emotions. Practicing mindfulness can help one become more aware of one’s thoughts and emotions, and can facilitate the development of self-control and rational thought. This includes regularly asking if your current thoughts and feelings are helping or hindering your long term wellbeing.

Cultivate virtues

Stoics believe that living a virtuous life is essential for achieving happiness and well-being. They advocate for cultivating virtues such as wisdom, courage, justice, and self-control. The American politician, inventor and writer ,Benjamin Franklin, chose a set of virtues he would try to live by. Everyday he would journal to review how well was had lived up to them.

Reflect on what is within one’s control

An AI's idea of Stoicism.

Do you get angry over news or social media posts? Stoics believe that it is important to focus on what is within one’s control. Thus one tries to accept what is outside of one’s control. Taking time to reflect on what is within one’s control and what is not can help one develop a sense of perspective and balance, and can reduce feelings of frustration and anger.

Practice gratitude

Stoics believe that it is important to cultivate a sense of gratitude for the good things in one’s life. Doing so can help one maintain a positive attitude and a sense of contentment. Taking time to reflect on the things one is grateful for.  Cultivate a sense of gratitude and well-being. Set a minimum of five minutes a day to recount all the things, large and small, you are grateful for.

These are just a few examples of practices that may be helpful for those interested in incorporating Stoic principles into their daily lives. There are many other practices and techniques that may also be beneficial, and it’s important to find what works best for you.



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