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The Antidote

Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
Narrated by: Oliver Burkeman
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

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What if ‘positive thinking’ and relentless optimism aren’t the solution to the happiness dilemma but part of the problem? 

Oliver Burkeman turns decades of self-help advice on its head and paradoxically forces us to rethink our attitudes towards failure, uncertainty and death. It’s our constant efforts to avoid negative thinking that cause us to feel anxious, insecure and unhappy. What if happiness can be found embracing the things we spend our lives trying to escape? Wise, practical and funny, The Antidote is a thought-provoking, counterintuitive and ultimately uplifting listen, celebrating the power of negative thinking.

©2019 Oliver Burkeman (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Burkeman has written some of the most truthful and useful words on happiness to be published in recent years." (Guardian) 

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Excellent book

To book shares some good views on why we should not always try and be positive. It refers to many other books, authors and speakers within this area, and takes a holistic approach to the subject.

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fantastic book

loved this book a book we should all read to better understand ourselves and life itself

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Simply brilliant!!!

I can't recommend it highly enough! Makes total sense, I'm very happy and pleased to have listened to this book, I'm quite sure I will come back to it time and time again... I simply wish there would be more real stuff like this in the world instead of all the brainless obsession to be constantly and exhaustingly happy...

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Amusing and educational

Very much a sceptic of the ‘everything positive’ movement, this book served to reinforce a number of things I knew whilst teaching some I didn’t. All done in the light heartedly making it a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. Whilst this won’t answer all of your troubles, the cross of humour and insight makes it a 5 star read / listen

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Perfect antidote for self help-poisoned mind

Very refreshing read in case you need a break from all the self help books. Great narration by the author. Thanks for writing it Oliver!

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Makes sense!

In this barmy world, I think maybe I see sense written here. Well worth reading.

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  • 08-07-20

worth it and more

It is mind opening to listen to. concepts are made to reasonable layman's term and more

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  • 05-02-20

just what I was looking for

this book gave me much more than just insights on happiness. it gives a new perspective on life

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  • 30-01-20

Fantastic!

This was so good, I'm going to need to go through it again to make sure I didn't miss anything!

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  • 21-11-19

Well researched

Well researched, orated definitively and thought provoking. It was an enjoyable listening to this book.

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  • 02-11-19

Really helpful and fun.

Really enjoyable. Clear, understandable. Buddhism and Stoicism concepts delivered in great way and applicable for anyone. Thought provoking. Great narrator, calm and clear voice. Story really interesting and fun to listen to. Finished in a few days