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Why have history’s greatest minds—from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with today’s top performers from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities—embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise.

The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you’ll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms.

By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you’ll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well.
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Publisher : Portfolio (October 18, 2016)
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The Daily Stoic follows up on the success of [The Obstacle Is The Way] by providing a year of quotations and life lessons drawn from the three great Stoic sages.
—The Wall Street Journal

Whether you’re a lowly cubicle slave or a US Senator, this book will help you find your still center.
—Gregory Hays, translator of The Modern Library’s edition of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations

A generous gift of guidance on modern living culled from a canon of wisdom hatched long ago.
—Maria Popova, editor of Brain Pickings

A richly rewarding spring of practical wisdom to help you focus on what’s in your control, eliminate false and limiting beliefs, and take more effective action. Make The Daily Stoic your guide and you will grow in clarity, effectiveness, and serenity each day!
—Jack Canfield, co-author of The Success Principles™ and the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series

The Daily Stoic is a treasure for managing our choices, overcoming self-deception, and learning to act according to the true worth of things while keeping the common good always in view. Caring for the soul in this way makes not only better people, but a stronger society too.
—Joseph A. Maciariello, Professor Emeritus at The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management; author of The Daily Drucker, The Effective Executive in Action, and A Year with Peter Drucker

The Daily Stoic offers all who seek a calm, wise life a daily spiritual anchor. This book will keep you strong across dark times and steady and clear no matter what your circumstances happen to be. Keep this treasure close and it will care for you.
—Sharon Lebell, interpreter of The Art of Living by Epictetus
About the Author
Ryan Holiday is one of the world’s foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He is a sought-after speaker, strategist, and the author of many bestselling books including The Obstacle Is the Way; Ego Is the Enemy; The Daily Stoic; and the #1 New York Times bestseller Stillness Is the Key. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and read by over two million people worldwide. He lives outside Austin, Texas, with his family.

Stephen Hanselman has worked for more than three decades in publishing as a bookseller, publisher and literary agent. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where he received a master’s degree while also studying extensively in Harvard’s philosophy department. He lives with his family in South Orange, New Jersey.
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January 1st Control and Choice

The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own . . .

-Epictetus, Discourses, 2.5.4-5

The single most important practice in Stoic philosophy is differentiating between what we can change and what we can’t. What we have influence over and what we do not. A flight is delayed because of weather-no amount of yelling at an airline representative will end a storm. No amount of wishing will make you taller or shorter or born in a different country. No matter how hard you try, you can’t make someone like you. And on top of that, time spent hurling yourself at these immovable objects is time not spent on the things we can change.

The recovery community practices something called the Serenity Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Addicts cannot change the abuse suffered in childhood. They cannot undo the choices they have made or the hurt they have caused. But they can change the future-through the power they have in the present moment. As Epictetus said, they can control the choices they make right now.

The same is true for us today. If we can focus on making clear what parts of our day are within our control and what parts are not, we will not only be happier, we will have a distinct advantage over other people who fail to realize they are fighting an unwinnable battle.

January 2nd Education Is Freedom

What is the fruit of these teachings? Only the most beautiful and proper harvest of the truly educated-tranquility, fearlessness, and freedom. We should not trust the masses who say only the free can be educated, but rather the lovers of wisdom who say that only the educated are free.

-Epictetus, Discourses, 2.1.21-23a

Why did you pick up this book? Why pick up any book? Not to seem smarter, not to pass time on the plane, not to hear what you want to hear-there are plenty of easier choices than reading.

No, you picked up this book because you are learning how to live. Because you want to be freer, fear less, and achieve a state of peace. Education-reading and meditating on the wisdom of great minds-is not to be done for its own sake. It has a purpose.

Remember that imperative on the days you start to feel distracted, when watching television or having a snack seems like a better use of your time than reading or studying philosophy. Knowledge-self-knowledge in particular-is freedom.

January 3rd Be Ruthless to the Things That Don’t Matter

How many have laid waste to your life when you weren’t aware of what you were losing, how much was wasted in pointless grief, foolish joy, greedy desire, and social amusements-how little of your own was left to you. You will realize you are dying before your time!

-Seneca, On the Brevity of Life, 3.3b

One of the hardest things to do in life is to say No. To invitations, to requests, to obligations, to the stuff that everyone else is doing. Even harder is saying no to certain time-consuming emotions: anger, excitement, distraction, obsession, lust. None of these impulses feels like a big deal by itself, but run amok, they become a commitment like anything else.

If you’re not careful, these are precisely the impositions that will overwhelm and consume your life. Do you ever wonder how you can get some of your time back, how you can feel less busy? Start by learning the power of No!-as in No, thank you, and No, I’m not going to get caught up in that, and No, I just can’t right now. It may hurt some feelings. It may turn people off. It may take some hard work.But the more you say no to the things that don’t matter, the more you can say yes to the things that do. This will let you live and enjoy your life-the life that you want.

January 4th The Big Three

All you need are these: certainty of judgment in the present moment;

action for the common good in the present moment;

and an attitude of gratitude in the present moment for anything that comes your way.

-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 9.6

Perception, Action, Will. Those are the three overlapping but critical disciplines of Stoicism (as well as the organization of this book and yearlong journey you’ve just begun). There’s more to the philosophy certainly-and we could spend all day talking about the unique beliefs of the various Stoics: This is what Heraclitus thought . . . Zeno is from Citium, a city in Cyprus, and he believed . . . But would such facts really help you day to day? What clarity does trivia provide?

Instead, the following little reminder sums up the three most essential parts of Stoic philosophy worth carrying with you every day, into every decision:

Control your perceptions.

Direct your actions properly.

Willingly accept what’s outside your control.

That’s all we need to do.

January 5th Clarify Your Intentions

Let all your efforts be directed to something, let it keep that end in view. It’s not activity that disturbs people, but false conceptions of things that drive them mad.

-Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind, 12.5

Law 29 of The 48 Laws of Power is: Plan All The Way To The End. Robert Greene writes, By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop. Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead. The second habit in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is: begin with an end in mind.

Having an end in mind is no guarantee that you’ll reach it-no Stoic would tolerate that assumption-but not having an end in mind is a guarantee you won’t. To the Stoics, oi?sis (false conceptions) are responsible not just for disturbances in the soul but for chaotic and dysfunctional lives and operations. When your efforts are not directed at a cause or a purpose, how will you know what to do day in and day out? How will you know what to say no to and what to say yes to? How will you know when you’ve had enough, when you’ve reached your goal, when you’ve gotten off track, if you’ve never defined what those things are?

The answer is that you cannot. And so you are driven into failure-or worse, into madness by the oblivion of directionlessness.

January 6th Where, Who, What, and Why

A person who doesn’t know what the universe is, doesn’t know where they are. A person who doesn’t know their purpose in life doesn’t know who they are or what the universe is. A person who doesn’t know any one of these things doesn’t know why they are here. So what to make of people who seek or avoid the praise of those who have no knowledge of where or who they are?

-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 8.52

The late comedian Mitch Hedberg had a funny story he told in his act. Sitting down for an on-air interview, a radio DJ asked him, So, who are you? In that moment, he had to think, Is this guy really deep or did I drive to the wrong station?

How often are we asked a simple question like Who are you? or What do you do? or Where are you from? Considering it a superficial question-if we even consider it at all-we don’t bother with more than a superficial answer.

But, gun to their head, most people couldn’t give much in the way of a substantive answer. Could you? Have you taken the time to get clarity about who you are and what you stand for? Or are you too busy chasing unimportant things, mimicking the wrong influences, and following disappointing or unfulfilling or nonexistent paths?

January 7th Seven Clear Functions of the Mind

The proper work of the mind is the exercise of choice, refusal, yearning, repulsion, preparation, purpose, and assent. What then can pollute and clog the mind’s proper functioning? Nothing but its own corrupt decisions.

-Epictetus, Discourses, 4.11.6-7

Let’s break down each one of those tasks:

Choice-to do and think right

Refusal-of temptation

Yearning-to be better

Repulsion-of negativity, of bad influences, of what isn’t true

Preparation-for what lies ahead or whatever may happen

Purpose-our guiding principle and highest priority

Assent-to be free of deception about what’s inside and outside our control (and be ready to accept the latter)

This is what the mind is here to do. We must make sure that it does-and see everything else as pollution or a corruption.

January 8th Seeing Our Addictions

We must give up many things to which we are addicted, considering them to be good. Otherwise, courage will vanish, which should continually test itself. Greatness of soul will be lost, which can’t stand out unless it disdains as petty what the mob regards as most desirable.

-Seneca, Moral Letters, 74.12b-13

What we consider to be harmless indulgences can easily become full-blown addictions. We start with coffee in the morning, and soon enough we can’t start the day without it. We check our email because it’s part of our job, and soon enough we feel the phantom buzz of the phone in our pocket every few seconds. Soon enough, these harmless habits are running our lives.

The little compulsions and drives we have not only chip away at our freedom and sovereignty, they cloud our clarity. We think we’re in control-but are we really? As one addict put it, addiction is when we’ve lost the freedom to abstain. Let us reclaim that freedom.

What that addiction is for you can vary: Soda? Drugs? Complaining? Gossip? The Internet? Biting your nails? But you must reclaim the ability to abstain because within it is your clarity and self-control.

January 9th What We Control and What We Don’t

Some things are in our control, while others are not. We control our opinion, choice, desire, aversion, and, in a word, everything of our own doing. We don’t control our body, property, reputation, position, and, in a word, everything not of our own doing. Even more, the things in our control are by nature free, unhindered, and unobstructed, while those not in our control are weak, slavish, can be hindered, and are not our own.

-Epictetus, Enchiridion, 1.1-2

Today, you won’t control the external events that happen. Is that scary? A little, but it’s balanced when we see that we can control our opinion about those events. You decide whether they’re good or bad, whether they’re fair or unfair. You don’t control the situation, but you control what you think about it.

See how that works? Every single thing that is outside your control-the outside world, other people, luck, karma, whatever-still presents a corresponding area that is in your control. This alone gives us plenty to manage, plenty of power.

Best of all, an honest understanding of what is within our control provides real clarity about the world: all we have is our own mind. Remember that today when you try to extend your reach outward-that it’s much better and more appropriately directed inward.

January 10th If You Want to Be Steady

The essence of good is a certain kind of reasoned choice; just as the essence of evil is another kind. What about externals, then? They are only the raw material for our reasoned choice, which finds its own good or evil in working with them. How will it find the good? Not by marveling at the material! For if judgments about the material are straight that makes our choices good, but if those judgments are twisted, our choices turn bad.

-Epictetus, Discourses, 1.29.1-3

The Stoics seek steadiness, stability, and tranquility-traits most of us aspire to but seem to experience only fleetingly. How do they accomplish this elusive goal? How does one embody eustatheia (the word Arrian used to describe this teaching of Epictetus)?

Well, it’s not luck. It’s not by eliminating outside influences or running away to quiet and solitude. Instead, it’s about filtering the outside world through the straightener of our judgment. That’s what our reason can do-it can take the crooked, confusing, and overwhelming nature of external events and make them orderly.

However, if our judgments are crooked because we don’t use reason, then everything that follows will be crooked, and we will lose our ability to steady ourselves in the chaos and rush of life. If you want to be steady, if you want clarity, proper judgment is the best way.

January 11th If You Want to Be Unsteady

For if a person shifts their caution to their own reasoned choices and the acts of those choices, they will at the same time gain the will to avoid, but if they shift their caution away from their own reasoned choices to things not under their control, seeking to avoid what is controlled by others, they will then be agitated, fearful, and unstable.

-Epictetus, Discourses, 2.1.12

The image of the Zen philosopher is the monk up in the green, quiet hills, or in a beautiful temple on some rocky cliff. The Stoics are the antithesis of this idea. Instead, they are the man in the marketplace, the senator in the Forum, the brave wife waiting for her soldier to return from battle, the sculptor busy in her studio. Still, the Stoic is equally at peace.

Epictetus is reminding you that serenity and stability are results of your choices and judgment, not your environment. If you seek to avoid all disruptions to tranquility-other people, external events, stress-you will never be successful. Your problems will follow you wherever you run and hide. But if you seek to avoid the harmful and disruptive judgments that cause those problems, then you will be stable and steady wherever you happen to be.

January 12th The One Path to Serenity

Keep this thought at the ready at daybreak, and through the day and night-there is only one path to happiness, and that is in giving up all outside of your sphere of choice, regarding nothing else as your possession, surrendering all else to God and Fortune.

-Epictetus, Discourses, 4.4.39

This morning, remind yourself of what is in your control and what’s not in your control. Remind yourself to focus on the former and not the latter.

Before lunch, remind yourself that the only thing you truly possess is your ability to make choices (and to use reason and judgment when doing so). This is the only thing that can never be taken from you completely.
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Simple living refers to practices that promote simplicity in one's lifestyle. Common practices of simple living include reducing the number of possessions one owns, depending less on technology and services, and spending less money. These practices can be seen throughout history, religion, art, and economics.

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-Gandhi. This is one of my favorite quotes. This quote does not mean living without. It does not mean being poor or deprived, it simply means thinking about how you live and what you live with or without.

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Simple living high thinking is the lifestyle of owning less and giving more. It is the thinking that makes us rich and not the wealth we possess. Hight thinking will give us happiness and an optimistic outlook on life. Get rid of all the non-essentials in your life and see how well our lives turn out to be.

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10 Ways to Be More Humble in Life
  1. Admit you're not the best. ...
  2. Recognize your flaws. ...
  3. Be grateful, not boastful. ...
  4. Admit when you make a mistake. ...
  5. Don't brag. ...
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  8. Learn to put others first.

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Your health can benefit. Living a slow and simple life just feels good—great even. You have less stress and anxiety because you're not trying to do everything. This can result in huge boosts to your mental health.

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Here are 6 of the principles we use to live a simpler minimalist lifestyle while living with less:
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  2. Look to family and friends to borrow those items you may only need to use once or twice a year. ...
  3. Always look for used before buying new.

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One of the most important benefits is that simplicity gives us choices in the way we spend our time, money, and energy. With simplicity in life, it can be easier to recognize what is truly important among all the different things fighting for your time and attention.

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What is the opposite of simple life?
rat racedaily grind
materialismmaximalism
profligacytoil
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slog

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Simple people, or people who claim minimalism, simplicity, and easy-going lives, are relaxed, patient, and present in their everyday lives. Simple Person. A simple person is someone who is uncomplicated. They're grateful for the little things in life. They don't try to impress, they're humble.

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Quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “Live simply so that others may simply live.”

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It reduces all your anxieties and negative thoughts. Simple living means according to your limited needs and not according to your unlimited greed. All stress and tension is a result of not following this formula. Spiritual life is nothing but simple living high thinking.

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Living a simple life is about paring back, so that you have space to breathe. It's about doing with less, because you realize that having more and doing more doesn't lead to happiness. It's about finding joys in the simple things, and being content with solitude, quiet, contemplation and savoring the moment.

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You may even find a “simple living, high thinking” quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi.

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10 Simple Ways to Make Yourself Happy
  • Take 10 deep breaths. This might sound trivial at first. ...
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  • Meditate. ...
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  • Go Outside. ...
  • Put down your phone. ...
  • Exercise.
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Happiness comes from choosing to be happy with whatever you do, strengthening your closest relationships and taking care of yourself physically, financially and emotionally.

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Here, then, are 10 tips to help you start improving your life:
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A humble person is more socially-oriented than self-centered. Being humble means you not only evaluate yourself with honesty, but also always seek honest feedback from people who matter. By getting other people's reviews, humble people ensure that they are not misguided about their own abilities.

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Free yourself from your possessions and you'll experience life through a different lens. Free yourself from the burden of belongings that aren't important to who we really are. You'll feel much better in the long run and will be able to focus on who you are, what you want and, most importantly, you'll be happy.

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12 Ways to Simplify Your Life in 2019
  • Disconnect. Vow to make 2019 the year that you have less screen and phone time. ...
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  • Choose fewer ingredients. ...
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Simplicity demonstrates happiness with less.

If you ask most people what they really want from life and work their first answer is not more money, a bigger house, or a new car. Instead they want health, happiness, time, security, love, respect, satisfaction, inspiration, and less stress.

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The basic idea behind simplicity is, having a simple thought process. Being humble, not harming or cheating anybody, obedience to your elders, and not gossiping about anyone are all simple attributes of life that lead to other qualities that make a person appreciable in everyone's eyes.

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Thrifty, spartan, and prudent are synonyms for frugal, a word that often has positive connotations when used to describe a person who lives a simple life. "

What is a word for simple? ›

OTHER WORDS FOR simple

1 clear, intelligible, understandable, unmistakable, lucid. 2 natural, unembellished, neat. 8 artless, guileless, ingenuous. 12 trifling, trivial; nonessential, unnecessary.

What is another word for simple lifestyle? ›

What is another word for simple life?
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What is a simplicity person? ›

1 : the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded. 2a : lack of subtlety or penetration : innocence, naiveté b : folly, silliness. 3 : freedom from pretense or guile : candor.

What are simple minded people like? ›

If you describe someone as simple-minded, you believe that they interpret things in a way that is too simple and do not understand how complicated things are. They were all simple-minded romantics.

How do you survive in this modern world? ›

Seldom has the world felt more privileged and resource-rich yet also worried, blinkered, furious, panicked and self-absorbed. How to Survive the Modern World is the ultimate guide to navigating our unusual times. It identifies a range of themes that present acute challenges to our mental wellbeing.

How do you live a simple life with less things? ›

Here are 6 of the principles we use to live a simpler minimalist lifestyle while living with less:
  1. Don't go into a store unless you need something and go in and out buying only that.
  2. Look to family and friends to borrow those items you may only need to use once or twice a year. ...
  3. Always look for used before buying new.

How do you live simply in a complicated world? ›

How to Live Simply in a Complicated World
  1. Declutter your work and living space. ...
  2. Limit your media time. ...
  3. Get rid of unnecessary costs. ...
  4. Focus on what you love. ...
  5. Take good care of your body. ...
  6. Reconnect with nature. ...
  7. Develop a non-judgmental attitude. ...
  8. Offer your help to others.

What are the positive effects of modern day living? ›

The modern lifestyle has a number of advantages which includes easing peoples life, saving hundreds of peoples lives by the new development of medicine and vaccines. On the other hand different modern life style patterns have negative effects on health physically, psychologically, and socially.

How can I survive the world without money? ›

Here, Jo explains and shares her advice for others wanting to live a little more frugally.
  1. Offer service instead of cash. ...
  2. Share and swap. ...
  3. Don't waste anything. ...
  4. Grow your own food. ...
  5. Live like your grandparents. ...
  6. It's OK to ask for help.
28 Apr 2020

How do you survive the modern world by the school of life? ›

The School of Life

Seldom has the world felt more privileged and resource-rich yet also worried, blinkered, furious, panicked and self-absorbed. How to Survive the Modern World is the ultimate guide to navigating our unusual times. It identifies a range of themes that present acute challenges to our mental wellbeing.

How do I survive my life? ›

Don't Just Survive, Be Happy: 12 Weeks to Living a Happier Life
  1. Step 1: Exercise. ...
  2. Step 2: Take Charge Of Your Mind. ...
  3. Step 3: Learn To Be Easier On Yourself. ...
  4. Step 4: Play To Your Strengths. ...
  5. Step 5: Eliminate Stressors. ...
  6. Step 6: Live In The Present.
21 Nov 2021

Are we living in a modern world? ›

We are now living in a modern world with continuous development of technology. It also provides better education to cope up with the fast moving development we are experiencing now.

How can I live a simple life and be happy? ›

How to Live a Happy Life
  1. Make little changes in your daily routine, such as getting more sleep, exercising, getting out into nature, and meditating.
  2. Read more books. ...
  3. Find your right fit or match, both personally and professionally. ...
  4. Be grateful. ...
  5. Smile more—even if you don't feel like it. ...
  6. Relish simple, everyday moments.

How do you live without stress? ›

Here are 15 evidence-based ways to relieve stress.
  1. Get more physical activity. ...
  2. Follow a healthy diet. ...
  3. Minimize phone use and screen time. ...
  4. Consider supplements. ...
  5. Practice self-care. ...
  6. Reduce your caffeine intake. ...
  7. Spend time with friends and family. ...
  8. Create boundaries and learn to say no.

What is a simple person? ›

Simple people, or people who claim minimalism, simplicity, and easy-going lives, are relaxed, patient, and present in their everyday lives. Simple Person. A simple person is someone who is uncomplicated. They're grateful for the little things in life. They don't try to impress, they're humble.

What does a simple life look like? ›

Living a simple life is about paring back, so that you have space to breathe. It's about doing with less, because you realize that having more and doing more doesn't lead to happiness. It's about finding joys in the simple things, and being content with solitude, quiet, contemplation and savoring the moment.

Why living a simple life is hard? ›

It's a hard habit to break. Relationships: People run into the obstacle of relationships because they don't know how to prioritize and say no. Simplifying your life doesn't only mean tossing out belongings you don't need and downsizing. It means finding ways to get more control over your schedule.

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