52 Weeks, 52 Books: Week 27

The Antidote, by Oliver Burkeman // Self-help for the glass half-empty

I’m a pessimist. Glass half-empty, news is bad, expect the worst, Chicago sports teams will always lose, pessimist. So positive thinking books aren’t really my thing, and I tend to shy away from self-help books in general because I just can’t face all the positivity. It’s so exhausting for my pessimist’s brain.

So I’m not sure how I stumbled on The Antidote, by Oliver Burkeman. It’s a self-help book for people like me, who have a hard time with all those positive thinking books. Burkeman takes the position that focusing on positivity and happiness actually makes you less positive and less happy in the long run. He talks to all sorts of people who illuminate different aspects of this philosophy, from Buddhism to stoicism and all points in between. There’s even a chapter about how NOT setting goals can help you achieve more.

If I sound excited about this, and you’re thinking “UGH that sounds so boring”…maybe it’s not the book for you. But if you’re like me, and positive thinking makes you mad, or if you’re a glass half-empty lifer, you might get something out of this interesting and different read. Click here to place on hold.


Created by Ang Romano on Dec 1st, 2017 @ 10:34 AM.
Updated on Dec 1st, 2017 @ 10:37 AM.