New from Canongate: The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman. The Antidote to be released in the US in November 2012 by Faber & Faber.
About the book, from the publisher:
If only we'd stop trying so hard to be happy, we'd have a pretty good time.Visit Oliver Burkeman's website.
Self-help books don't seem to work. Few of the many advantages of modern life seem capable of lifting our collective mood. Wealth - even if you can get it - doesn't lead to happiness. Romance, family life and work often seem to bring stress as much as joy. We can't even agree on what 'happiness' means. So are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or are we just going about it the wrong way?
As he travels from Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico to a slum outside of Nairobi and to a meditation retreat deep in the Massachusetts woods, Oliver Burkeman introduces us to an unusual group of people who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. Whether experimental psychologists or terrorism experts, Buddhists or hard-headed business consultants, they argue that in our personal lives, and in society at large, it's our constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. And that there is an alternative, 'negative path' to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity and uncertainty - the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid.
Thought-provoking, counter-intuitive and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is a celebration of the power of negative thinking.