Oliver Burkeman: The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

If you’ve ever felt moved to ring the neck of the person who keeps urging you to “think positive,”you’ve got a friend: Guardian journalist Oliver Burkeman, who believes the societal pressure to be happy is actually responsible for making people miserable. In his smart, funny new book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, he explains the dangers of incessant optimism and blindly clinging to self-help tropes, and the upsides of embracing failure, pessimism and uncertainty (in other words, the truth).


January 21

7:30 pm 

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave.

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