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The Antidote: Happiness For People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking Hardcover – Nov 13 2012

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; Canadian First edition (Nov. 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670064688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670064687
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #301,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The Antidote is a gem. Countering a self-help tradition in which “positive thinking” too often takes the place of actual thinking, Oliver Burkeman returns our attention to several of philosophy’s deeper traditions and does so with a light hand and a wry sense of humor. You’ll come away from this book enriched—and yes, even a little happier.” - Daniel Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

“Does the pursuit of happiness make us miserable? In this elegant and erudite book, Oliver Burkeman explores the riddle of joy in the 21st Century. This book doesn’t set out to make you happy, but that may just be why it works.” - Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works

About the Author

Oliver Burkeman is a feature writer for The Guardian. He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association's Young Journalist of the Year award, and has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the What the Papers Say Feature Writer of the Year award. He writes a popular weekly column on psychology, "This Column Will Change Your Life," and has reported from London, Washington, and New York, where he currently lives.

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