Stoic Week 2013

NEWS: You can now download the Stoic Week 2013 Handbook.
NB: It’s essential you complete ALL the correct questionnaires before and after Stoic Week – see below!

 Click here for the Stoic Week 2013 Handbook.

Please try to read it this weekend and prepare yourself for Stoic Week!

Registration is now closed – thanks to all who registered – it will really help with establishing an evidence base for Stoicism!

But if you’ve come across Stoic Week just now – please still take part and follow the Handbook, just without filling in any scales, and share your experience of Stoic Week on the blog’s ‘how’s it going?’ posts.

Please use your email address or you can also adopt a pseudonym (which can be virtually anything, though not something which someone else might also use, eg. ‘Seneca’), when filling out this questionnaires. The email address is preferable so that we can get in touch in a few months time to ask about the long-term effect of Stoic practices.

During the week: Read the Stoic Week 2013 Handbook, follow the daily exercises, and explore the suggested key Stoic theme each day.

To support your practice of Stoicism, please also use the following audio resources, all available for as mp3s for download, which are referred to in different parts of the Handbook.

Extra Audio-Visual Resources:

There will also be articles uploaded daily to read on the blog during the week about different ways Stoicism is still used today, as well as the Stoicism Today magazine 2013 (released soon) for extra-reading.

You might also consider blogging about the week and make video diaries (and let @Stoic Week know on twitter), writing in with an idea for a guest piece on the Stoicism Today blog, and posting each day your reflections on this blog about how that day’s practices are going for you. Basically get in touch and we will share what you are doing!

After the week: At the end of the week, please fill out the same surveys, with the same email or pseudonym. Please use these links for the post-study questionnaires:

  1. The Flourishing Scale
  2. Satisfaction with Life Scale
  3. SPANE Scale
  4. Stoic Attitudes and Behaviour Scale (SABS)
  5. Additional overall feedback survey on Stoic Week

The statistical analysis of Stoic Week 2013 will be published early in the New Year. We will contact participants who have provided their email address a few months after Stoic Week to ask about the long-term impact.

More about Stoic Week…

Live Like A Stoic Week is happening for the second year. It will be taking place from November 25 to December 1. Everyone who is interested in Stoicism, or who practices it today, is encouraged to take part, get involved in an event or activity, and help spread the word.

Last year, Stoic Week attracted participants in schools, universities and philosophy clubs around the world, and generated articles in the Guardian, Independent, The Philosopher’s Magazine and the Huffington Post. We want to make this year’s Stoic Week even bigger.

How you can get involved:

We’d love it if, once again, Stoic Week events take place all over the world. This could be as simple as organizing a discussion on Stoicism in your local cafe or pub. It could mean local clubs, schools or philosophy departments organizing a debate on a Stoic question or theme, such as ‘can philosophy be a form of therapy?’ or ‘is virtue sufficient for happiness?’ If you’re a teacher or a lecturer, you might get your class to discuss Stoicism and to consider some of the Stoics’ practical techniques for changing our emotions.

We’re organizing a public event in London on Saturday November 30, ‘Stoicism for Everyday Life’. You can find more details here on the event’s website, and book. Places are filling up quickly, so book early so as to avoid disappointment.

It would be great if any bloggers interested in Stoicism used the week as an opportunity to share their own experience of Stoicism. Has it helped you? Do you think it has relevance in modern life? Which ideas or exercises have you found particularly helpful? Write a blog post or make a YouTube video, and be sure to mention Stoic Week and to help spread the word. Send Patrick Ussher or another project member the link, and we’ll share it with our followers.

You can also get involved in our annual study of the practical effects of Stoic techniques and ethics. This year, the handbook will be constructed as a ‘Journey into Stoicism’, which each day focusing on a key Stoic idea and exercises to go with it.  If taking part, fill in the Stoic questionnaire we provide, and send it back to us. You might also want to share your experience more informally via a blog or YouTube video.

To read about the team behind Stoicism Today, click here.


50 thoughts on “Stoic Week 2013”

  1. I have been meditating most of my life and it works , however I also found that I needed to release all my old karmic garbage to make way for the new .In other words the old stuff blocked the way to deep peace , happiness and a much clearer mind set to enable more productivity. Buy releasing the old stuff I no longer reacted to a triggers but instead pro-acted to them. End result peace and happiness and a stillness within the mind knowing that I could see and understand all things on a deeper non reactionary basis. This gives one a great sense of control over one’s life, this is the real power of Self Mastery.

  2. I would suggest that in the next iterations (there’s one planned, right? (; ) the questionnaires total your scores for the participant, and that the ending questionnaire be left open like the initial ones were also.

  3. Those of you who are attracted to Stoicism as a guide for living in today’s world would profit enormously from a recent book called PRAGMATIC RATIONALISM: AN INTRODUCTION by Frank Robert Vivelo (available from and other online booksellers). It combines Stoicism, Epicureanism, Empiricism, and Existentialism into a startlingly coherent, practical philosophy for achieving a rewarding, satisfying life. Anyone who actually adopts the principles and perspectives presented in this book will find their lives less troubled and more pleasant than ever before. Its unique definition of “happiness,” which owes a lot to the two Hellenistic schools of Stoicism and Epicureanism, and its strategies for pursuing it are bound to change—and improve—your outlook and your day-to-day behavior. It is by far the best book on practical philosophy that I’ve ever encountered.

  4. I would love to participate and I am highly interested in this Philosophy and how it can be applied for a better life. I am based in Singapore and I think many people in South East Asia (in fact the world) could benefit from a workshop or lecture about Stoicism.

    1. Hello Sharon,

      Great that you are planning on taking part! Basically, participants will formally ‘register’ by completing some initial psychological scales the week before Stoic Week. Information on how to do that will be embedded in the Handbook (released 18th November).


    1. Hello Wolfgang – thanks for the message! The Handbook will be released on the 18th of November on the blog. You will formally ‘register’ for the week by filling out the pre-week psychological wellbeing scales, the weekend before the 25th. That is the plan at the moment – will let you know if anything changes.

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