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

Oliver Burkeman

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

by Oliver Burkeman

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

Oliver Burkeman

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The Antidote explains everything that's wrong with positivity-based self-help advice, and what we should do instead to feel and live with contentment.

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

by Oliver Burkeman

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

Oliver Burkeman

Overview

Our mood is highly dependent on our environment and can fluctuate greatly throughout a single day – but maybe that's the problem.

Everyone wants to achieve 'happiness.' Yet, despite this desire, rare are the ones who declare having truly found it. More conversations and books about happiness might even be inversely correlated with experienced happiness. In other words: we're all looking for it, but no one seems to find it.

In The Anditote, Oliver Burkeman unravels the mystery of the happiness paradox. As a journalist who's spent years writing about happiness and self-help, Burkeman draws on an eclectic body of evidence from history, business, philosophy, psychology, and expert interviews to make his case against adopting a classic positivity mindset. Maybe forcing ourselves to see the glass half full isn't the solution, after all.

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"The effort to feel happy is often precisely the thing that makes us miserable. Constant efforts to eliminate the negative – that is, what causes us to feel so insecure, anxious, uncertain, or unhappy."

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

Oliver Burkeman

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