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The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking (Paperback)
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The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking (Paperback)

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Is our search for happiness futile?

Or are we just going about it the wrong way?

In this fascinating new book, Oliver Burkeman argues that 'positive thinking' and relentless optimism aren't the solution to the happiness dilemma, but part of the problem. And that there is, in fact, an alternative path to contentment and success that involves embracing the things we spend our lives trying to avoid - uncertainty, insecurity, pessimism and failure.

Thought-provoking, counter-intuitive and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is a celebration of the power of negative thinking.

"A bracing detox for the self-help junkie" - Guardian

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781847678669
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 181 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm
Edition: Main


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"An excellent book; Burkeman makes us see that our current approach, in which we want happiness but search for certainty - often in the shape of material goods - is counterproductive. We're on a treadmill of disappointment. So Burkeman explores a better way, and tells us about the philosophers and thinkers who have inspired him" - Daily Telegraph 

"The Antidote is a gem. Countering a self-help tradition in which "positive thinking" too often takes the place of actual thinking, Oliver Burkeman returns our attention to several of philosophy's deeper traditions and does so with a light hand and a wry sense of humor. You'll come away from this book enriched - and, yes, even a little happier" -  Daniel H. Pink

"Quietly subversive, beautifully written, persuasive and profound, Oliver Burkeman's book will make you think - and smile" - Alex Bellos autor of Alex's Adventures in Numberland

He has written some of the most truthful and useful words on [happiness] to be published in recent years. This is a marvellous synthesis of good sense, which would make a bracing detox for the self-help junkie -- Julian Baggini * * Guardian * *

If life can only have one destination, then, Burkeman argues, we should enjoy the journey as much as we can and deal with the terminus when it comes. It's a simple idea, but an exhilarating and satisfying one * * Observer * *

Addictive, wise and very funny. Burkeman never takes himself too seriously, but the rest of us should. -- Tim Harford * * author of THE UNDERCOVER ECONOMIST * *

Does the pursuit of happiness make us miserable? In this elegant and erudite book, Oliver Burkeman explores the riddle of joy in the 21st century. This book doesn't set out to make you happy, but that may just be why it works -- Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works

This is a genuinely useful book; Burkeman is not in the business of pouring automatic scorn; he really does want us to become slightly happier . . . Help! is win-win. If you do find yourself with those problems which, though potentially tractable, are disproportionately aggravating, then you will find solace and good advice here. If you do not, or rather think you do not, then you will be amused anyway. Either way, you won't need to read another self-help book again. * * Nicholas Lezard, Guardian * *

Wry, thought-provoking and often hilarious * * Irish Independent * *

[The Antidote] has performed a neat trick by appealing to both the self-help superfan and the self-help cynic... it's immensely readable and rewarding * * The Stylist * *

Burkeman's entertainingly argued proposition seems refreshingly well-grounded in reality, solid research and common sense and is probably worth a shot... * * Good Book Guide * *

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Chickensausagedog

“Interesting, funny, readable. Thoroughly recommend”

I would not describe myself as a self help junkie but I have dabbled in a couple of the texts this book covers so I was intrigued as to its premise. It's extremely well written and parts of it are laugh out loud... More

Paperback edition
8th September 2013
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“Refreshing”

I am an avid reader of Oliver Burkeman's weekly column in a Saturday newspaper. InvariablyI find them insightful, thought-provoking,informative and amusing. It is for this reason that I bought this book for my... More

Paperback edition
5th January 2014
Helpful? Upvote 12

“A life guide”

I don't read self-help books although I have done in the past, when I was young and far less cynical. I loathe positive thinking. I think it's at best delusional, and at worst severely damaging. This book,... More

Paperback edition
5th May 2013
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