Oliver Burkeman


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The Antidote: Happiness for...

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“Confronting the worst-case scenario saps it of much of its anxiety-inducing power. Happiness reached via positive thinking can be fleeting and brittle, negative visualization generates a vastly more dependable calm.”
Oliver Burkeman, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

“True security lies in the unrestrained embrace of insecurity - in the recognition that we never really stand on solid ground, and never can.”
Oliver Burkeman, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

“And here lies the essential between Stoicism and the modern-day 'cult of optimism.' For the Stoics, the ideal state of mind was tranquility, not the excitable cheer that positive thinkers usually seem to mean when they use the word, 'happiness.' And tranquility was to be achieved not by strenuously chasing after enjoyable experiences, but by cultivating a kind of calm indifference towards one's circumstances.”
Oliver Burkeman, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

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