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03/28/2014 08:25 am ET | Updated Mar 28, 2014

The Philosophers' Guide To Calm, Part 3

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Nowadays, almost all of us wish we could be calmer. It's one of the distinctive longings of the modern age. Across history, people have tended to seek out adventure and excitement. But most of us have had a bit too much of that now. The desire to be more tranquil and focused is the new, ever more urgent priority.

In our view, there are eight basic causes of agitation - and the path to greater calm involves attempting to consider each one systematically and returning to it on a regular basis. Here is the final installment in our three-part guide to a calmer life:

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