Next week is International Stoic Week.
Stoic Week is an annual opportunity to practise some useful elements of Stoicism in our lives, each day, for a week. At least 10 minutes a day commitment is required. No previous knowledge or experience of Stoicism is required.
For those who weren't in on this last year, Stoicism is the ancient philosophy that was the inspiration behind CBT. Practising it is in many ways akin to practising mindfulness, and for those of you already doing that this may be a useful supplement. The focus in Stoicism is on what you can control, what you can change - and to not hit one's head against a brick wall trying to change the things you can't.
For example. if you are stuck in a traffic jam, you can't change the fact that the traffic isn't moving. You might be able to change your attitude to it. You can practise some slow breathing, maybe let the people you were meeting know you were late, plan to leave earlier or an alternative route next time.
In Stoicism, this goes further to saying that we by changing our attitudes we can feel less negative emotions. The Stoics also say that we can aim to be a good person, this is under our control. The happiness research (and our own research on Stoicism) suggests that being a good person - for example random acts of kindness - will also make us happier.
If you are interested in taking part, then please visit http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/stoicismtoday/ and http://modernstoicism.com/
There also a Stoic event in London on Saturday 29th November
There are still a few places left for the London event. You can sign up for that at
You dont have to know anything about Stoicism - anyone interested in learning about some techniques to help us stay calm and be happy and able to commit to some daily practice for a week may find this useful.