One of the philosophies that I am interested in is Stoicism. As far as I can see it offers a practical strategy that we can all make use of if we are to increase the levels of happiness, fulfilment, and joy in our own lives. Now Stoicism has a bit of a reputation for being the philosophical stiff upper lip. It has a reputation for emotionlessness. But I think that this is not really true. At its heart it is a philosophy for lessening all of the negative emotions that we feel and for maximising gratitude and joy.