The Little Book of Stoicism

Jonas Salzgeber

The Little Book of Stoicism



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Stoic philosophy allows us to control our emotions by trying to become the best version of ourselves. In The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness, Jonas Salzgeber describes the Stoic Happiness Triangle and teaches us how to live a happy life. First and foremost, we need to focus on what we can control, to be present, and to take responsibility. The author provides both preparatory and exercises in real-life situations that guide us towards becoming ever more mindful of how we treat both ourselves and other people.

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Analysis and key concepts


Stoic philosophy teaches us how to live our life to the fullest and to be happy, but in order to do this, we first have to learn how to control our emotions


In order to be happy, we have to live with ‘arete’, to only focus on what we can control, and to take responsibility for ourselves


Worrying about what we cannot control, and not being mentally present in the moment, lead to negative emotions and unhappiness


Stoicism is based on three types of exercises that we can practise in various situations, but applying them requires constant focus, self-discipline, and training


The preparatory exercises in Stoic philosophy help prepare us to confront certain situations without necessarily having to experience them first


Situational exercises help us to correct our behaviour in practical, everyday circumstances


When dealing with tense situations that involve other people, we must always set a good example, try to ignore insults, and remember that we all make mistakes




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Many useful tips to:

  • Manage our emotions and live happily with ourselves and others.
  • Adopt the Stoic philosophy in our approach to life.
  • Learn to reason more effectively.
  • Improve our mental presence.
  • Discover the importance of taking responsibility.

Jonas Salzgeber is a digital entrepreneur who travels the world in pursuit of self-awareness and self-mastery. He founded a personal growth blog called with his brother, which has more than 50,000 monthly visitors. He is also an international author and his most famous book, The Little Book of Stoicism, has been called the “most practical and beginner-friendly” book on Stoic philosophy on the market.

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