The Antidote

I recently finished reading The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman.

Unlike Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) it was a breeze to read.

Like Antifragile I got a lot out of the book. 😉 It really resonated with me. I’ve often reflected on how the “positive thinking” movement seems a little shallow and simplistic. While I do believe that a little “fake it til you make it” and saying “yes” to things can be helpful, I also think that a little negativity can go a long way. As in, low (or just reasonable) expectations can be a good thing. You are much less disappointed, many fewer times!

Life is tough. It’s really tough for most people and has been so since the dawn of civilization. The idea that life “should” be easy is relatively new and I think it’s the source of much anxiety. Life is much easier than it used to be, comfort and survival wise. But it’s still hard. The more we get used to the idea that security and stability and control are often elusive, and not the norm, the more content and antifragile we’ll be.

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