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A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
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Nov 21, 2011

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Read from November 21 to December 01, 2011

In this book you will learn that the ancient Greeks and then the Romans developed and practiced a philosophy, Stoicism, that has core similarities to Zen Buddhism.

A central observation of the Stoics, that after we acquire something we desire, our enjoyment of it declines over time, is supported by modern psychological research. It's even been given an official name: hedonic adaptation.

There are some valuable ideas in this book. I downgraded the star rating a bit because the presentation is a bit repetitive and without clear direction.

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