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“Some of the most truthful and useful words on [happiness] to be published in recent years . . . A marvellous synthesis of good sense, which would make a bracing detox for the self-help junkie.” —Julian Baggini, The Guardian
“The Antidote is a gem. Countering a self-help tradition in which ‘positive thinking’ too often takes the place of actual thinking, Oliver Burkeman returns our attention to several of philosophy’s deeper traditions and does so with a light hand and a wry sense of humor. You’ll come away from this book enriched—and, yes, even a little happier.” —Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
“Quietly subversive, beautifully written, persuasive, and profound, Oliver Burkeman’s book will make you think—and smile.” —Alex Bellos, author of Here’s Looking at Euclid
“Addictive, wise, and very funny.” —Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist
“What unites [Burkeman’s] travels, and seems to drive the various characters he meets, from modern-day Stoics to business consultants, is disillusionment with a patently false idea that something as complex as the goal of human happiness can be found by looking in a book . . . It’s a simple idea, but an exhilarating and satisfying one.” —Alexander Larman, The Observer
“This is an excellent book; Burkeman makes us see that our current approach, in which we want happiness but search for certainty—often in the shape of material goods—is counterproductive.” —William Leith, The Telegraph
“Fascinating . . . After years spent consulting specialists—from psychologists to philosophers and even Buddhists—Burkeman realised they all agreed on one thing: . . . in order to be truly happy, we might actually need to be willing to experience more negative emotions—or, at least, to learn to stop running so hard from them.” —Mandy Francis, The Daily Mail
“Splendid . . . Readable and engaging.” —British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Times (London)
I found the book very entertaining and well written.
In this book, Oliver Burkeman Makes the case that the traditional ways of seeking happiness actually tend to backfire and offers counterintuitive alternatives.
If, like most of us, you're thinking that you just don't get how positive thinking works this book will help you to understand why.
taking a different view to modern obsession with positive thinking ...writer comes on top and makes you re-evaluate your thinkingPublished 2 days ago by sanjeeva Abeysinghe
fantastic. humorous, insightful, incredibly well-researched, and an entertaining/educational read.Published 10 days ago by rachbick
It is a great book challenging convincingly most of self-improvement books with empty slogans of "No such thing as impossible".Published 13 days ago by naser
Great book for someone with my not so positive yet happy personality.Published 21 days ago by Thomas E. Smiley
To answer my own question, I'd say YES the Antidote does provide a cure. If you view lofty, over-promising self help books as detrimental to your health, then The Antidote provides... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Glenn Simon Inc
A brilliant perspective. I throughly enjoyed reading it. Diverse and multidimensional research results well presented and the author's own insights are wise and inspiring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ilkka Kakko
I borrowed this book from the library and after reading the first two chapters, purchased it - convinced that it would find a place of pride in my own library. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dsp108