Did you miss Stoic Week 2013? Or would you be interested in doing it again? This is your chance! Starting on Monday 7th April 2014, we’re asking for volunteers to repeat Stoic Week on a more informal basis. We may keep this going by repeating the Handbook, starting on Mondays, over the next few weeks, so you can drop-in or drop-out. Use this discussion thread and the Google+ Community to support each other by posting updates each day (if possible) and commenting supportively on other people’s updates.
You can read (or print) a free HTML copy of the Stoic Week 2013 Handbook on the new modernstoicism.com e-learning website. There’s also an EPUB e-book version of the Handbook, which you can read on most tablets, mobile phones, and e-readers, etc. You’ll also find the audio/video materials for Stoic Week on the Stoicism Today website.
If you’re interested in taking part in Stoic Week, please register to use the modernstoicism.com e-learning site and introduce yourself on the general discussion forum thread below below, or just post any questions you have.
General Discussion Forum: Stoic Week REDUX
Stoic Week 2013: The Results!
By Tim LeBon
All the questionnaires you submitted (thank you!) have been analysed and the verdict is: Stoicism really does appear to have significant benefits on happiness, flourishing and well-being.
1) The improvements in well-being after taking part in Stoic week that were found in 2012 were replicated with a much larger sample. Interestingly some very specific findings were also replicated, such as Stoicism being most associated with acceptance, optimism and a sense of purpose. We plan to send follow up questionnaires in a few months time to see to what extent these benefits “stick”.
2) We have piloted a scale to measure Stoic Attitudes and Behaviours, the “SABS”. For the first time we now have evidence of a positive association between well-being and Stoic attitudes and behaviours prior to any interventions. It does seem that being Stoic is good for you. We also know which Stoic attitudes and behaviours are most associated with well-being and which are not. The most “active ingredients” in Stoicism appear to be :
A. I make an effort to pay continual attention to the nature of my judgements and actions.
B. When an upsetting thought enters my mind the first thing I do is remind myself it’s just an impression in my mind and not the thing it claims to represent.
C. I consider myself to be a part of the human race, in the same way that a limb is a part of the human body. It is my duty to contribute to its welfare.
There is also now evidence that the emotion Stoicism is most associated with is not so much indifference or passivity but – joy!
There’s a lot more detail, and also some qualifications to the headlines above in the full report (below) and also recommendations for next steps. Please post a comment if you have any thoughts about what you read, including possible next steps and applications for Stoicism, now that we are developing a much more substantial evidence base.
If you took part in Stoic Week, please now fill in the end of week questionnaires! The deadline for this is 17.00 this Sunday 8th December.
Please use the same email or pseudonym which you used at the start of the week. Please use these links for the post-study questionnaires:
- The Flourishing Scale
- Satisfaction with Life Scale
- SPANE Scale
- Stoic Attitudes and Behaviour Scale (SABS)
- Additional overall feedback survey on Stoic Week