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  •  Do not do unto others what you do not want done to yourself.     (Mencius)
  •   Cultivate the good in others and we cultivate the good in ourselves.     (Mencius)
  •              Do not try to change events which are beyond our control; instead, seek only to control our own thoughts and actions through self-knowledge.     (Epictetus)
  •             Reject “group think” or mindlessly following social trends.       (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
  •             Rather than seek transitory “happiness” in things and events, aspire to inner contentment and peace of mind via the practice of justice and virtue, so that we   may live the kind of life we can look back on and not feel ashamed.     (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The key take-away for modern-day seekers of happiness is less engagement with things that cause personal discontentment, and lack virtue – aspects of social media and the all-too-many ads that play on feelings of inadequacy; doggedly pursuing a career that is not for you; and uncritical conformity to groupthink, to name a few. On the other hand, the neo-stoic would urge greater engagement with more worthwhile activities, such as associating with people who are likely to improve you, living in equilibrium with nature, and experiencing the present in all its fulness rather than over-worrying about the future. This life-affirming category includes an action that is not always enjoyable – duty. Duty to family, to young and old, to your community and – one that ranks low in schools and homes – the duty for us all to engage in politics at some level. Just think – if each of us was active in just one aspect of politics in the whole of our life time, there would be potent grass roots counterbalances to the greed of self-interested big business and power-grabbing global groups. History has shown time and again that many little actions can gain traction and make for big changes, changes that can benefit all of us. As individuals, we could then look back on our lives and “not feel ashamed.”