One day, a fellow programmer called me "stoic". I didn't feel stoic, and I am not sure that at that time I even understood what that meant but it sent me on a search that truly began with this great book.
Stoicism as it is presented, is a great means for determining how to truly love, live and find joy in a world that often seems devoid of it. It details how to actively discern caring about what you can control, and to develop an emotional barrier against those things which are beyond your effect. It has helped me identify those moments when I am being manipulated for someone else's gain and step back and admire in grand awe of marketing to see how it uses anti-stoicism to guide and direct people.
It's a great book and if you read it and take anything away, you will appreciate life more even during the times where you are cast to a desolate island with nothing to your name.