Weekend Reading: 19 Rules For A Better Life (From Marcus Aurelius)

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Do you want to elevate your happiness in life? Of course you do! Here, you’ll find guiding principles that lend to living a fulfilling and meaningful life developed from Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher, Marcus Aurelius. He believed these rules could help you navigate the challenges and uncertainties that life presents, helping cultivate inner peace, wisdom and strength.


Ten include:

📌 Never be overheard complaining (not even to yourself).

📌 Waste no time worrying about other people’s opinions.

📌 Don’t suffer imagined troubles.

📌 Focus on effort, not outcomes.

📌 Choose sympathy over outrage.

📌 Blow your own nose (don’t wait around for someone to save you).

📌 Think progress, not perfection.

📌 Do the more difficult thing.

📌 Be strict with yourself and tolerant of others.

📌 Treat success and failures the same.

Your intentions (for life and even for each day) can have a profound impact on yourself and those around you. What would happen if you took some of these principles and made them non-negotiables?