Great Book: A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine – A 15 min Summary

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy Book Cover A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
William B. Irvine
Philosophy, Stoic philosophy
Oxford University Press
November 4, 2008
Part Two: Stoic Psychological Techniques
Negative Visualization: What's the Worst That Can Happen?
Anyone interested in philosophy and/or living a good life
Meditations (Marcus Aurelius), The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph (Ryan Holiday), Ego Is the Enemy (Ryan Holiday)

“Irvine excels at giving a “walking tour” of the many schools of Stoic philosophy, from Greek to Roman traditions, identifying individual Stoic thinkers (many more than Seneca) and their principles and techniques, which Irvine argues are even more relevant in modern times than their own.”
–Philosophical Practice

“Well-written and so compelling, this is a rare example of a book that actually will make a difference in the lives of its readers. Whether it’s coping with grief or arriving at lasting happiness, Irvine shows, with care and verve, ancient Stoic wisdom to be ever relevant and very, very helpful.”
–Gary Klein, author of Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions

“Bill Irvine has given us a great gift: the most accessible and inviting description of modern Stoicism available. Read this book and be prepared to change your life!”
–Sharon Lebell, author of Epictetus’s The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

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Best “Personal Development” books I read in 2012

The year 2012 is coming to an end and a part of my reflection process is to look back on books I’ve read this year.

Some of them I even read twice.. & some I have blogged about.

Anyways here is my top 20 list

  1. The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them
    – Richard J. Davidson (Author), Sharon Begley (Author)
  2. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
    – Dan H. Pink
  3. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
    – William B. Irvine
  4. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
    ~Shawn Achor
  5. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
    ~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  6.  A Whole New Mind: why right-brainers will rule the future
    ~Dan H. Pink
  7. Man’s Search for Meaning
    ~Viktor E. Frankl
  8.  Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
    ~Garr Reynolds
  9.  Outliers: The Story of Success
    ~Malcolm Gladwell
  10. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
    ~Steven Pressfield
  11. Mojo: How to get it, How to keep it, How to get it back if you loose it
    ~Marshall Goldsmith & Mark Reiter 
  12. Wherever You Go, There You Are
    ~Jon Kabat-Zinn 
  13. The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
    ~Dan Ariely 
  14. 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot
    ~Richard Wiseman 
  15. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
    ~Charles Duhigg 
  16. Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to a Better Life
    ~John B. Arden 
  17. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
    ~Steven D. Levitt (Author), Stephen J. Dubner (Author) 
  18. Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves
    ~Sharon Begley 
  19. Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
    ~Daniel J. Siegel 
  20. Don’t Die with Your Song Unsung
    ~Gary Russo 
All these books are very good… and top 10 is essential & highly recommended.
I’ve mindmapped many of them & will create blogposts when time allows it.
My top 5 Music books read in 2012 will be posted on (our music website) soon.