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Well, one can argue that there cannot be a manual for living at all. It is by means true that there shouldn’t be a manual for living but a manual for understanding how we can live. In today’s life we tend to rush into things, involving ourselves in everything that seduces us and eventually leading for depression, sorrow and misfortune.


Once there was a Greek philosopher named Epictetus, taught philosophy and the way of life which should be practiced practically rather limiting them to be a theoretical discipline. His works and teachings on philosophy were written down and published by his students. Now let us see the summary of the book “Manual for Living by Epictetus”.



The book is all about helping us to get the understanding the life and how we can divert our opinions and thoughts in the path to create our inner happiness. Acknowledge the fact, we cannot control everything we can come across and there are certain things which are not probably in our power of control: Reputation, and the Power itself.

The primary cause for oneself feeling annoyed or fret over another in this fast world is due to the fact that he or she is unable to succeed in the controlling something which isn’t in their control at all. Only those who do not have control over themselves blame others for their own misfortune and ill condition. Remember, we are responsible for our own opinions, thoughts, and feelings.

If at you do not want to let other’s misfortune to affect you internally then you understand that sorrow and happiness is just the person’s opinion of it. These two are vital things in one’s life as it results in negotiating very well between turning a situation between peaceful and sorrow.

So, Epictetus advised in the book when someone speaks ill about others or someone responds negatively to an event associate with another person then you must empathize and show gratitude but do not sympathize which will affect on your thoughts and feelings.

Imagine a scenario where your neighbor got unsatisfactory grades in his finals, here you can find your neighbor feeling the pain and you can show your empathy where you created the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Whereas, showing sympathy will put you into feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.

The book details with clear scenarios and meaningful insight display how we must stop fret over others and situations and begin to enjoy the precious life that are present with us in this beautiful moment. Happy reading!


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