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BiographyOliver Burkeman is a feature writer for the Guardian. He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association's Young Journalist of the Year award, and has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. He writes a popular weekly column on psychology, 'This Column Will Change Your Life' and has reported from London, Washington and New York.
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BBC World Service
BBC World Service discusses The Antidote (listen from 48mins).
Action for Happiness
Oliver gives his refreshing take on an alternate path to happiness.
Oliver and the RSA
Untangling the myserties of self help, positivity and happiness.
The trouble with motivation
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An illustrated introduction to The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman
In the third of our Canongate Talks series, Oliver Burkeman joins us for a thoughtful examination of the lengths we'll go to to be happy...and how the surprising antidote to...
Canongate Talks to Oliver Burkeman
Oliver Burkeman talks about his new book, HELP! Available in January 2011 from Canongate Books.
Oliver Burkeman on HELP!
Nicola Balkind lived one week of her life according to the principles outlined in Oliver Burkeman’s anti self-help book The Antidote. Over the course of this week, Nicola will share...
Day 1: My week of cynical self-help
In this chapter, we take on the Western fascination with Buddhist Zen, calm, and meditation. I’ve been tasked with living the learnings of this book, but I’d be hard pressed to...
Day 2: The storm before the calm
Oliver Burkeman’s next chapter opens with some alternate theories on the reasons for the Everest disaster in 1996. In short, that year more climbers died than in any other year...
Day 3: Goal crazy
In Chapter 5 of The Antidote, Burkeman pays Eckhart Tolle a visit. Despite being familiar with the name (who couldn’t name at least one of Oprah’s besties?) I had no...
Day 4: Who's there?
Did you know that airport security measures don't make us that much safer? I wasn't surprised to learn this, but perhaps you will be. I considered this as I watched...
Days 5 & 6: Taking death on holiday
Fittingly, I took this in while flying through a thunderstorm. No-one really believes in her own death. We can go long stretches without considering our own mortality. We do think...
Day 7 and conclusion: did this experiment nudge my world?