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The amount of content that we have access to in the modern world can be overwhelming at times. Interested in learning how to live out a more tranquil and happy life through philosophy? Here’s a curated list of places where I absorb, process and implement wisdom on my journey of self-improvement. I hope you find these to be helpful and as always, let me know if you have any recommendations for me to check out!


The traditional medium by which humans have used to pass on knowledge for many years, books are a fantastic way to gain wisdom. The key is to interact with the text. Highlight and makes notes as you read. Then ruminate, make connections and implement key notions. Come back and re-read texts, for you will gain something new each time.

On Western Philosophy (Classic Texts)

  • Meditations: A New Translation by Marcus Aurelius, translated by Gregory Hays (2004)
  • The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness by Epictetus and Sharon Lebell (2013)
  • Discourses, Fragments, Handbook (Oxford World's Classics) by Epictetus, Robin Hard and Christopher Gill (2014)
  • Letters on Ethics: To Lucilius by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Margaret Graver and A.A Long (2015)

On Western Philosophy (Modern Commentary)

  • Lives of Michel Foucault by David Macey (1993)
  • Philosophy as a Way of Life by Pierre Hadot (1995)
  • The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on wisdom, perseverance, and the art of living by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman (2016)
  • At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell (2016)
  • How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius by Donald J. Robertson (2019)
  • The Quest for Character by Massimo Pigliucci (2022)

On Eastern Philosophy (Classic Texts)

  • Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained by Lao Tzu, translated by Derek Lin (2006)
  • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by Gia Fu Feng and Jane English (1998)
  • Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings translated by Burton Watson (1996)
  • Wandering on the Way: Early Taoist Tales and Parables of Chuang Tzu translated by Victor Mair (2000)
  • Chuang Tzu: A New Selected Translation with an Exposition of the Philosophy of Kuo Hsiang by Fung Yu-lan
  • Lieh-tzu: A Taoist Guide to Practical Living by Eva Wong (1995)

On Eastern Philosophy (Modern Commentary)

  • A Daoist Theory of Chinese Thought: A Philosophical Interpretation by Chad Hansen (1992)
  • The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton (2010)
  • The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life by Professor Michael J. Puett and Christine Gross-Loh (2017)
  • Chinese Thought: From Confucius to Cook Ding by Roel Sterckx (2019)
  • Zen Wisdom for the Anxious: Simple Advice from a Zen Buddhist Monk by Shinsuke Hosokawa (2020)
  • I May Be Wrong: And Other Wisdoms From Life as a Forest Monk by Björn Natthiko Lindeblad (2022)

On Living

  • Chop Wood Carry Water: How to Fall In Love With the Process of Becoming Great by Joshua Medcalf (2015)
  • Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (1946)
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1988)
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn (1994)
  • Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up by Norman Fischer (2003)
  • The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy (2019)
  • Philosophy and Life: Exploring the Great Questions of How to Live by A.C Grayling (2023)

Academic Research

The beauty of reading from academic journals is that you have access to high quality research, which often has been peer-reviewed and undergone a rigorous editing process. Ideas and concepts are thoroughly discussed and debated, serving as a trustworthy source of information.

NB. References are in APA 7th format.


Listening in on meaningful conversations add immense value to my life. Since discovering these amazing channels, I have gained enormous amounts of insight and takeaways about various philosophical ideas which have improved the way I perceive or operate in the world. The best part is that you can easily put one of these on whilst driving to work, going for a walk or cleaning the house!

Timber Hawkeye offers a secular approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us.

  • Future Chi hosted by Jost Sauer and Leon Fitzpatrick

Jost Sauer (author, rebel therapist, daoist and expert in traditional Chinese medicine) and Leon Fitzpatrick (industrial and experience designer, educator and futurist) discuss health, daoism, design, cars, martial arts, the search for purpose, and the meaning of life.

Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them.

The On Purpose podcast brings fascinating conversations with some of the most insightful people in the world straight to you. From relationships and productivity to mindfulness and healing, Jay Shetty injects wisdom to every episode.

Hosted by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ryan Holiday, the podcast features the audio version of the popular Daily Stoic email meditations. A short 2-3 minute Stoic inspired meditation designed to help you live your best life.

Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale — the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history — The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness.

This podcast is for the Tao Curious, those looking for a random bit of wisdom once in awhile, or for those who want to dive into this wonderful teaching.

This podcast series explores the late Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh’s (1926-2022) deep teachings of Buddhist philosophy. It is aimed at helping us to transcend our fear and anger so that we can be more engaged in the world in a way that develops love and compassion. The title reflects his calligraphy, where the way out of any difficulty is to look deeply within, gain insights and then put them into practice.


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