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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

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

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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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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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A pleasure to listen to.

A book that opens your eyes to different ways of thinking without being in your face or trying to push a particular way of thinking.

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surpassed my expectations.

Difficult to review such a book. Not smth from self-help section at a book store..Thought-provoking? Non-dogmatic? Thanks to the author for researching the topics and presenting them in a concise but attention-grabbing manner. Will definitely read more. Special thanks to the narrator!

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fantastic book

really enjoyed this book, very well written, funny, thought provoking. would highly recommend for anyone not just those who are fed up with self help positivity!

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Great

A wonderful book that I'd recommend to anyone. Well written and well narrated too.

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An interesting read!

Big fan of this book; it takes some more common approaches to happiness and breaks them down in digestible modern ways of thinking. It’s the right balance between thought provoking yet not too dense that it needs your full attention.

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This book left me with plenty of food for thought after each and every paragraph.

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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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Best book ever!

Absolutely mind blowing and realistic help how to live a better life. I always doubted that Tony Robbins etc were full of bs, now I know. Feels great to be right and I love that I do not have to force positivity anymore. Good things do not come to those who wish for it and wait, good things come to those who do the work.

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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