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For a civilisation so fixated on achieving happiness, we seem remarkably incompetent at the task. Self-help books dont seem to work. Few of the many advantages of modern life seem capable of lifting our collective mood. Wealth even if you can get i...
ITEM#: 15255473For a civilisation so fixated on achieving happiness, we seem remarkably incompetent at the task. Self-help books dont 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 doesnt lead to happiness. Romance, family life and work often seem to bring stress as much as joy. We cant even agree on what happiness means. So are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or are we just going about it the wrong way?In this fascinating new book, Oliver Burkeman introduces us to an unusual collection of people experimental psychologists and Buddhists, terrorism experts, spiritual teachers, philosophers and business consultants who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. They argue that in our personal lives, and society at large, its precisely our constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. That positive thinking isnt 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, counterintuitive and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is a celebration of the power of negative thinking.
|Genre||SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural|
|Publisher Date||2013-05-28 00:00:00.0|
|Unit weight||0.4 lb|
|Subtitle||Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking|
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