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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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Amazing topics and well researched.

I struggled with the narrator's voice, very boring, at the end I seemed to not have a clear conclusion.

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Stoicism, Buddhism and death

A well written and page turning adventure through discovering something better than the pursuit of happiness and positive thinking. Exactly what I needed to read, thanks Oliver, would recommend to all

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This book came highly recommend

This book came highly recommend and it certainly lived up to it! Very well written piece and very thought provoking.

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  • 08-07-2020

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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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 05-02-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-01-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-2019

Well researched

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

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  • Spyros Karkoulias
  • 02-11-2019

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-2019

Perfect antidote for self help-poisoned mind

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

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  • Webber
  • 13-01-2021

Great

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-12-2020

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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  • M E Gammage
  • 23-10-2020

Extraordinary

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

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  • Michael Hyltoft
  • 17-05-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-03-2020

fantastic book

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

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  • Crispy
  • 26-10-2019

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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  • LJLC
  • 02-09-2019

Makes sense!

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

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