We suggest this…
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.