Stoicism for happiness: the dichotomy of control

Naturally, I stumbled upon stoicism during one of the worst times of my life.

It was fall 2016. I have just started my first semester of grad school and had to take a social theories class that was required for all sociology majors. Quite frankly, that class made me feel so utterly incompetent and useless, I might have considered to mention it on a suicide note that, thankfully, I never got around to. Despite the brilliant and quite interesting professor, I could not figure out Foucault to save my life, and lucky for me, the whole course was on Foucault.

Here’s an accurate depiction of me in that class: 

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45 tips for using your iPhone as a tool, and not a distraction device

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Photo by Hilthart Pedersen on Unsplash

I had a very busy weekend traveling to Toronto, socializing hardcore and having a grand time. Unfortunately, that meant I didn’t have time to follow my blogging schedule for Monday and post an article yesterday. Luckily, I stumbled upon a wonderful article today and thought I would share it here. It is a thorough list of How to Configure Your iPhone to Work for You, Not Against You, which includes what to do, how to do it, and why.

The iPhone could be an incredible tool, but most people use their phone as a life-shortening distraction device.

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In praise of taking digital breaks

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A digital break can be extremely helpful for people who feel like they are always on their smartphones, constantly being bombarded with notifications or feel that they are hopelessly addicted to their black screens. If you are part of the 1%, you can take yourself on the unpluggedweekend retreat that promises you a break from it all.

For the rest of us peasants, taking digital breaks should still be an essential part of our personal policies.

Time is a precious, nonrenewable resource. Being aware of our digital consumption is not just an aspirational lifestyle choice for rich hippies.

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A toolkit for SADness

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Photo by Walid Amghar

Winter is my least favorite season. I really don’t trust people who claim winter to be their favorite season. While I appreciate how beautiful a fresh snowfall can be, the bitter cold, the ungodly short days, and the inability to enjoy most outdoor activities make winter my least favored time of the year.

Finally having realized that I do not do well in the winter months, at least emotionally, and I cannot afford to escape to a tropical destination, I decided to create a SAD survival toolkit this winter. Before I share what is in my SAD toolkit, I would like to begin with a brief introduction of SAD. Continue reading “A toolkit for SADness”