The Self-Help Book For Those Who Do Not Believe in Self-Help Books

“To be a good human… is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control… It is based on a trust in the uncertainty, and on a willingness to be exposed. It’s based on being more like a plant than a jewel: something rather fragile, but whose very particular beauty is inseparable from that fragility.”–Martha Nussbaum

Have you seen the litany of reviews for Oliver Burkeman’s book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking? They are everywhere right now. This book seems to have caught the imagination of many writers and columnists out there. And, I can see why after catching this excerpt on Salon this morning.

Here are a handful of the reviews or articles referencing the book right now: Andrew Sullivan, The Skinny, The Page 99 Test, The Book Page, Brain Pickings

Here’s an interview with Burkeman at Five Books, which references other books on the same topic.

I will review it myself shortly. If you have read it I would love to hear what you think in the comments.

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