Oliver Burkeman, winner of the Foreign Press Association Young
Journalist of the Year Award, explores "happiness for people who can't
stand positive thinking" in his best-selling book The Antidote:
Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking.
says "For a civilization so fixated on achieving happiness, we seem
remarkably incompetent at the task. Self-help books don't seem to work.
Few of the many advantages of modern life seem capable of lifting our
collective mood. Wealth -- even if you can get it -- doesn't necessarily
lead to happiness. Romance, family life and work often seem to bring as
much stress as joy. We can't even agree on what 'happiness' means".
Burkeman seeks answers from an unusual collection of people --
experimental psychologists and Buddhists, terrorism experts, spiritual
teachers, business consultants, philosophers -- who share a single,
surprising way of thinking about life. They argue that 'positive
thinking' and relentless optimism aren't the solution, but part of the
problem. And that there is an alternative, 'negative path' to happiness
and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity and
uncertainty -- those things we spend our lives trying to avoid. Thought
provoking, counter-intuitive and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is a
celebration of the power of negative thinking.
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