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BRITTANY POLAT

Four keys to dealing with stress

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“...built-up stress is a lot like anger: once you let it get the better of you, it’s hard to regain control of yourself...”


What makes us human?

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“We have been richly endowed with cognitive and social abilities, but it’s up to us to make the most of them.”


Are we allowed to be happy?

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“To maximize your ability to do good in the world, don’t find motivation through anger or bitterness. Allow yourself to be happy, and share your happiness with others.”


An empath’s guide to Stoicism

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“We can choose whether to go with the world the way it is, or be dragged along kicking and screaming.”


Cultivating a cosmopolitan mindset

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“Stoic cosmopolitanism... helps us cultivate a feeling of belonging, wherever we are and whoever we are with.”

 


Good gracious

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“We could all do with a little more civility, a little more grace and graciousness in our lives. There is no shame in being decent, understanding, and non-strident; in fact, that’s where virtue lies.”


The virtue of orderliness

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“If you struggle with disorder in your actions and environment – if your life is a bit chaotic or unorganized – remind yourself that orderliness starts on the inside.”


Against snobbery

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“Regardless of how mistaken you believe someone else to be, mocking or abusing them (as Epictetus once said) is not the way to lead them back to the proper path; that will usually just turn them against you even more. ”


New Year’s resolution: Respect yourself

Editorial || BRITTANY POLAT

“You don’t depend on other people or circumstances for a good life. Instead, you possess the inner resources to find joy whatever you are doing.”


If virtue is natural, why isn’t everyone virtuous?

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“You have all the raw material to become wise, courageous, self-controlled, fair, and benevolent toward others.”


Moral charisma: The power of virtue

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“So let’s remember, as we look for moral teachers, that while theory is important, so is


The problem with pity

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“So instead of giving in to pity, let’s train ourselves to truly help others by showing rational love and Stoic goodwill.”


Seeing things the way they are

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“As Stoics, one of our primary tasks is learning to see the world clearly and accurately.”


The appearances trap

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

“Despite our love of truth, though, difficulties arise because the truth is not always obvious or easy to understand.”


Tame your mind

Feature || BRITTANY POLAT

We all have moments when we need to tame our mind. Perhaps you feel yourself starting to become angry, or anxious, or just overwhelmed by everything you have to do.