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

July 6, 2015

A thoroughly refreshing consideration of inner peace, without the bullshit.

I arrived at this book via Jason Kottke, and blew right through it even with frequent stops to chew on many of its nuggets of insight. Burkeman is organized, pragmatic, seemingly earnest in his exploration, and delightfully jovial despite embracing huge and somewhat unpleasant topics. He shines light into dusty, neglected corners and makes a strong case for living happily by abandoning the goal of living happily. Many of the thoughts in this book resonate deeply with me, and I’m sure I’ll be re-reading it more than once.