HELP!: How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done

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Canongate Books, Jan 6, 2011 - Self-Help - 288 pages
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How do you solve the problem of human happiness? It’s a subject that has occupied some of the greatest philosophers of all time, from Aristotle to Paul McKenna – but how do we sort the good ideas from the terrible ones? Over the past few years, Oliver Burkeman has travelled to some of the strangest outposts of the ‘happiness industry’ in an attempt to find out. In Help!, the first collection of his popular Guardian columns, Burkeman presents his findings. It’s a witty and thought-provoking exploration that punctures many of self-help’s most common myths, while also offering clear-headed, practical and of ten counter-intuitive advice on a range of topics from stress, procrastination and insomnia to wealth, laughter, time management and creativity. It doesn’t claim to have solved the problem of human happiness. But it might just bring us one step closer.
 

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Burkeman sorts the self-help wheat from the chaff, highlighting genuinely helpful ideas while spooning acerbic scorn onto those writers who have fooled a lot of the people for a lot of the time. A ... Read full review

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Realistic review of some of the self -help industry products. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
How to Win Friends and Influence People
65
How to Keep Functioning
167
Notes
251
Acknowledgements
275
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Oliver Burkeman is a feature writer for the Guardian. He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association's Young Journalist of the Year award, and has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the What The Papers Say Feature Writer of the Year award. He writes a popular weekly column on psychology, This Column Will Change Your Life, and has reported from London, Washington and New York. His work has also appeared in Esquire, Elle, GQ, the Observer and the New Republic. He was born in Liverpool in 1975, grew up in York, and holds a degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.

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