I usually avoid books that promise to make me happy, rich and/or famous, which is why I decided to explain what prompted me to make an exception for this publication. The Antidote is by no means your typical self-help books, offering a ten-step shortcut to eliminating all your ill fortunes. On the contrary, the author devotes a large chunk of his writing to explaining why this simplified, calculated, goal-driven approach to happiness often leads the opposite way. Instead, Oliver Burkeman invites us along on his personal journey in search for inner harmony and peace, presenting a multitude of approaches: from Stoic acceptance of hardship to Buddhist detachment from it and from Eckhart Tolle’s focus on the present moment to memento mori mortality awareness. The books offers no panacea for happy living, teaching us to embrace the uncertainty and celebrate the failure as an integral part of success.
I discovered The Antidote through the ever amazing Brain-picking website, where you can find a more detailed review of the book.