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Did you know we can calculate the happiness of a country's people? All it takes is a simple equation and 3 major variables: people's wellbeing, their average life expectancy, and the country's ecological footprint.
The Happy Planet Index has managed to calculate the happiest nations in the world! And science states that happy people are productive people. But what makes us happy? And how do we keep ourselves from falling depressed? Stoic philosophers have developed an interesting methods to keep people's spirits up, some of which it involved purposefully thinking sad thoughts or even contemplating suicide. Inspired by the works of Marcus Aurelius, a famous stoic philosopher, author Ryan Holiday uses stoic theories to explore how our reaction to obstacles can be our most defining feature in his new book, "The Obstacle is the Way". The book, in which Holiday discusses how to stay both happy and productive, expands on how we can turn our adversities into an advantage.