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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.
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 5 hours ago by dsp108
This book changed the way I think about happiness. I highly recommend it to anyone with an open mind :)Published 5 days ago by laurenallenkc
Very nice and journalistic way of making sense of the pessimistic thinking! This book has transformed the way I see my life in many aspects! HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!Published 9 days ago by karolmathers
Positive thinking in and by itself can't cure all your ills, or solve all the worlds problems. To the contrary, simple techniques like negative visualization, recognition that some... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ilya Grigorik
This is really a fantastic bool, and especially for those who are enamored with positive thinking. The book is not about bashing positive mental states, rather it speaks about the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roddy Gibbs
I trust you'll find the book even better. A refreshed look at ancient old approaches, beliefs and ways of being. Thank you, Oliver.Published 1 month ago by Kori
This is one of the best books that I have come across in along long time. Read it once so fast I couldn't get enough of it. Re reading it again slowly and more thoroughly.Published 2 months ago by Avdhoot Limaye
A thoroughly enjoyable read, although some chapters/experiences are more interesting than others. This is not a self-help book, per se, but rather a thoughtful overview about how... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Pate