Friday, January 4, 2013

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman

Why are there so many self-help books published every year? The author argues that they do not work. He believes that the stress of positive thinking is actually making us unhappy, and coincidentally making some people rich. Wealth, relationships, material possessions, and financial success are not the way to happiness. The author looks to other paths which include embracing insecurity and uncertainty as a way to ultimately find, maybe not happiness, but perhaps a little peace.  The Antidote questions our society’s values of selfishness and greed and would like us to reflect on what truly is important.