The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
Publish date: November 13th 2012
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
It's quite surprising how varied people's worldviews are. When you read reviews of this book, some people say it opened their eyes, others curse it for not being scientific enough or being too curmudgeonly. It isn't - Burkeman wanders through this exploration of anti-positive thinking with fake (I a...
I don't think Burkeman wrote about anything I didn't already know in The Antidote. I did appreciate his perspective on anti-positivity. Combined with other things I was reading and experiencing at the time, some reiterations of concepts I already knew did hit home with me.
Memento mori. “The psychologist Russ Harris suggests a simple exercise: imagine you are 80 years old – older if you are already 80 – and then complete the sentences ‘I wish I’d spent more time on … ‘ and I wish I’d spent less time on … ‘ This turns out to be a surprisingly effective way to achieve m...
The Antidote starts off by talking about the positive thinking movement, moves on to Seneca and the Stoics then dips into Buddhist meditation, pauses to to criticize goal setting then stops in for a visit with Eckhart Tolle. Burkeman then writes about how we overvalue safety and undervalue failure t...