Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

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Here’s a quite interesting (and thought-provoking) take on the pursuit of happiness.  It’s a short video by journalist Oliver Burkeman introducing his new book,  The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.

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I’ve decided to start a new blog called Don’tEnJoy: We’re All Gonna Die! 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Frank White on January 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Neal, the idea that we are gonna die and get some relief is all that keep some of us going. Start your new blog by quoting from Mark Twain’s autobiography:

    “The burden of pain, care, and misery, grows heavier year by year; at length ambition is dead, pride is dead, vanity is dead; longing for release is in their place. It comes at last – the only unpoisoned gift earth ever had for them – and they vanish from a world where they were of no consequence; where they achieved nothing, where they were a mistake and a failure and foolishness; where they left no sign that they had ever existed- a world that will lament them a day and forget them forever. ”

    Cozying up to joy is easy. Learning to appreciate the dark side is the challenge and that learning is not nurtured in our positivity obsessed culture. Fortunately we have Twain, Burkeman, A. E. Housman, Jung and other mentors to acquaint us with the devil and all things dark and disturbing. Which is not to say we do not need your NealEnjoy efforts. Am enjoying all the fun you’re having these days. Happy New Year!

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    • Hi Frank. Thank you SO much for your “it-made-me-stop-and-think” comment. And I do agree that we must not lose sight of the dark side. Heads buried in the sand do no good. I really appreciate your readership and I wish you well in 2014.

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