The Antidote - OUT OF PRINT: Happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking

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Text Publishing Company, Jul 2, 2012 - Psychology - 336 pages
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The Antidote: Happiness for people who can‚€TMt stand positive thinking is an exploration of a radically new path to happiness.

In an approach that turns decades of self-help advice on its head, Oliver Burkeman explains why positive thinking serves only to make us more miserable, and why 'getting motivated' can exacerbate procrastination.¬
Comparing the personal philosophies of dozens of 'happy' people‚€”among them¬ philosophers and experimental psychologists, Buddhists and terrorism experts, New Age dreamers and hard-headed business consultants‚€”Burkeman uncovers some common ground.¬ They all believe that there is an alternative 'negative path' to happiness and success that involves coming face-to-face with, even embracing, precisely the things we spend our lives trying to avoid.

Burkeman concedes that in¬ our personal lives and the world at large, it‚€TMs our constant efforts to eliminate the negative‚€”uncertainty, unhappiness, failure‚€”that cause us to feel so anxious, insecure and unhappy.¬ Hilarious and compulsively readable, The Antidote¬ will have you on the road to happiness in no time.

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User Review  - Olivermagnus - LibraryThing

I'm not a huge fan of self help books but needed to read one to fulfill a challenge. I found this book at the library and it seemed to fit the bill for me. Throughout the book Burkeman covers a wide ... Read full review

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User Review  - sometimeunderwater - LibraryThing

Surprisingly not awful. Didn't learn the secret of happiness, but that probably wasn't the point. Some fun anecdotes, and a breezy style make this feel nice and short. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Oliver Burkeman is a feature writer for the Guardian. He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association‚€TMs 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. He holds a degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.

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