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MEREDITH KUNZ

Stoic-style coping: New research

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

“A study led by researchers at Harvard confirmed what modern Stoics already knew: It’s not the situation itself that causes our emotional turmoil, it’s how we think about it..”


What we see ... and what we don’t

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

“Seeing can help us understand the urgent need to try to do something. I realize I can only do what’s within my power, but I hope I’ll find ways to learn and act,”


Enjoying the festival of life vs. trying to get more

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

“I stop and remind myself daily that I have a singular shot at this life – both as a lover of knowledge, and as a human who dances, sings, and enjoys celebrating at the festival.”


How To Measure Ourselves

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

We live in an age of measurement. Data is constantly being gathered about us and used to measure and predict how we behave. When we go online we are being tracked and assessed, feeding into marketing profiles. Even in the physical world, cameras are recording us, and our iPhones and smart watches absorb a huge amount of information about our activity, down to our stride length.


What Are You Giving Up?

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

Striving for externals


Concentration in a World of At-Home Distraction

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

Do with “genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly”


Freedom in a World of Fortune's Arrows

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

How can Stoic philosophy help us understand what it means to be free? It’s a question that has preoccupied Stoics both ancient and modern.


Waking Up To Impermanence

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

“There is no actual tomorrow.” My daughter said this to me as we talked about the way people experience time. It’s true: We’re always living in the right now, today. And we always seem to imagine that tomorrow will be just the same as today.


Focus on goodness

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Happiness, wealth, and power

We can all think of people in public life who have accomplished big things and earned wide recognition, wealth, and power, even reaching the highest political offices or C-suite jobs.


Think like a Stoic, change your brain

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

Turning ourselves into better humans

The study of how to turn ourselves into better humans sometimes suffers from a lack of “hard evidence.” I am a science writer, and I always look for quantitative as well as qualitative data when evaluating any practice or behavior.


Friendships in hard times

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Living in challenging times

We are living in challenging times. As Covid-19 continues to ravage wide sections of the globe, many of us are experiencing social isolation, and much worse.


Kids get frustrated. Stoic approaches can help.

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

Stressed and struggling - Many adults today are stressed and struggling as they cope with the global pandemic and its consequences. Kids, too, have a lot of reasons to be upset. Frustration comes naturally to kids, especially when they are stuck in their homes subject to new rules and restrictions.


Act on what’s in your power

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

Now that you have found this message in a bottle, I invite you to open your mind to a new way of looking at the world: through the perspective of Stoic philosophy. Stoic approaches can help you get through many challenges in life while cultivating your character.


On the nature of our possessions

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

Never say about anything, “I’ve lost it,” but rather, “I’ve given it back.” … What does it matter to you through what person the one who gave it to you demanded it back? So long as he entrusts it to you, take care of it as something that isn’t your own, as travelers treat an inn. Epictetus, Enchiridion, 11


The art of handling uncertainty

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

We all face many uncertain times in our lives. But the current pandemic is a time of collective uncertainty, the like of which most of us have never experienced. What has Stoicism got to say in coping with a situation that is so uncertain? Our contributing editor Meredith A. Kunz offers a three-step plan based on Stoic principles to cope with uncertainty. 

Chuck Chakrapani, Editor