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How to be Happier - Stoicism Masterclass

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In this course Ali Abdaal and Sam Ahmed, The Stoic Teacher, teach you how to apply Stoic principles to your daily life to live happier, healthier lives.

My FREE Skillshare Bonus Resources As I mentioned in the course, I’ve now made a bunch of free resources for all of my Skillshare classes, exclusively for my Skillshare students. They’re packed with additional course-related content for every class, and will help you refresh what you’ve learnt, as well as explore some of the other classes you haven’t taken yet. Check it out here.


The Ancient Stoic philosophers had solutions for the problems we face today. The founders of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy were influenced by the words of Epictetus, a former slave who became a philosophy lecturer on the streets of Rome over 2,000 years ago.

Sam and Ali talk you through the Five Principles of Stoicism:

(1) The Dichotomy of Control teaches you how to focus on the aspects of a situation within your control.

(2) Pre-Meditating Adversity toughens our minds against future potential adversity.

(3) Voluntary Discomfort takes this to a physical level and guards us against the danger of too much comfort.

(4) The View From Above provides us with perspective - something that is much needed in our modern day.

(5) Finally, Journaling provides us with the tools to reflect effectively on all of the above.

We then move onto five practical applications of the tools you learnt in Phase I. We cover practical applications such as dealing with anger, how to handle criticism and how to have healthy relationships among others.

Throughout the course Sam and Ali share the ways in which Stoicism has applied directly to their lives. This masterclass provides concrete examples you can take away and apply today.

Who are we?

My name is Ali - I'm a doctor working in the UK, and on the side I make YouTube videos about medicine, tech and productivity. Productivity is probably the issue I get asked most often about on my YouTube channel and across social media. Through reading books, blog posts, articles as well as experimenting with numerous techniques myself over the years, I feel that I've developed a bit of knowledge about productivity and that's why I've decided to put together this extensive series of Skillshare classes to share my own knowledge in the realm of productivity and hopefully help us all work towards living happier, healthier and more productive lives.

Hi, I’m Sam Ahmed, The Stoic Teacher. I’ma Philosophy and Theology graduate from the University of Cambridge, and I now have the pleasure of teaching Philosophy and Religious Studies in South London. I discovered Stoicism in 2017 when I was deeply unhappy and morbidly obese, weighing over 322 lbs. Applying Stoicism to my daily life allowed me to lose over 140 lbs since then. I now spread the philosophy of Stoicism through my Instagram, Facebook and YouTube accounts @TheStoicTeacher with the hope of helping others change their lives too. Be sure to follow for some Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times


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