Antidote Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

ISBN-10: 0865478015
ISBN-13: 9780865478015
Edition: 2012
Authors: Oliver Burkeman
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Faber & Faber, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Success through failure, calm through embracing anxiety--a totally original approach to self-helpSelf-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 bring as much stress as joy. We can't even agree on what "happiness" means. So are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or are we just going about it the wrong way?Looking both east and west, in bulletins from the past and from far afield, Oliver Burkeman introduces us to an unusual group of people who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. Whether experimental psychologists, terrorism experts, Buddhists, hardheaded business consultants, Greek philosophers, or modern-day gurus, they argue that in our personal lives, and in society at large, it's our constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. And that there is an alternative path to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity, and uncertainty--the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid. Thought-provoking, counterintuitive, and ultimately uplifting, "The Antidote "is the intelligent person's guide to understanding the much-misunderstood idea of happiness.

William J. Birnes is an author and longtime Star Trek Fan.

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