In one of his first articles, Ryan Holiday, the bestselling author, media strategist and former marketing director at American Apparel, talked about how reading a stoic book in his first college year has changed his life. It turned out to be hi quake book - one that shook everything he thought he knew about the world. When someone you highly admire says something like this about a book, you are curious to learn more, obviously :D And I don't regret it. Discovering stoicism was one of those paradigm-shifting moments of my life. It helped me become less anxious, more calm and content with what's going on in my life. But what is stoicism? It's a practical, down-to-earth philosophy that was developed in ancient Greek, a few centuries B.C. Thanks to Ryan Holiday's work, who wrote a few books and tens of useful articles about it, stoicism has made a comeback in the recent years. The basic principle of stoicism is that we don't control everything that happens to us in our life, but we do control how we respond. It's a framework that's extremely practical when it comes to coping with stress and the chaotic modern day environment. Now don't get me wrong, practicing stoicism is just like any other habit: if you don't do it on a daily basis, it won't help you that much. You can't workout at the gym 3 times per day during January and expect the results to last all year long.