The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking


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especially if you feel instinctively or from bitter experience that ‘self-improvement’ advice doesn’t work, but also for anyone as a really useful guide to how the human mind works.

A quick summary

The Antidote is a really helpful, readable correction to popular myths and misconceptions about happiness, motivation and managing life choices and changes. Each chapter provides a contradiction or amendment to the basic advice simply to “think positive”, ranging across Buddhism, Stoicism, mortality salience, psychology research, business leadership, and more. Oliver Burkeman investigates some of the best and worst advice that has been offered up to us all, and explores the blurry areas around the edges. The Antidote is very readable, funny and relatable, and very useful.


Publisher’s description

New year… New mindset? What if ‘positive thinking’ and relentless optimism aren’t the solution to the happiness dilemma, but part of the problem? Oliver Burkeman turns decades of self-help advice on its head and paradoxically forces us to rethink our attitudes towards failure, uncertainty and death. It’s our constant efforts to avoid negative thinking that cause us to feel anxious, insecure and unhappy.

What if happiness can be found embracing the things we spend our lives trying to escape?

Wise, practical and funny, The Antidote is a thought-provoking, counter-intuitive and ultimately uplifting read, celebrating the power of negative thinking.

‘Burkeman has written some of the most truthful and useful words on happiness to be published in recent years’ (The Guardian)

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 186 g
Dimensions 197 × 129 × 17 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9781784709662

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