Episode from the podcastThe Highly Sensitive Person Podcast

64: Oliver Burkeman on Happiness & Negative Thinking

Released Thursday, 12th May 2016
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I'm thrilled to have on the podcast Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand….
Oliver is a writer for The Guardian. In his column titled, "This column will change your life", he explores ideas around social psychology, self-help culture, productivity, and the science of happiness.

The Antidote was one of those books that came at the right time in my life. I was struggling with insomnia, brought on by anxiety....brought on by feeling like I wasn't achieving enough every day. This book helped me feel a lot more at peace about the "glass half empty" personality I've always had. It explains powerful concepts from Buddhism, Stoicism, Eckhart Tolle, Alan Watts (and more) in his entertaining, accessible, and lovely writing style.
In this episode, we talk about:
  • Why traditional "positive thinking" doesn't work,
  • The downside of goal-setting,
  • Embracing uncertainty,
  • Meditation,
  • Whether thinking too much makes you depressed,
  • The answers he's still looking for,
  • and more!
You can find Oliver on his website and Twitter (let him know you liked this interview!) And of course, you should buy his wonderful book. Want to support the podcast? If you enjoy my podcast and blog, if you find it helpful, uplifting, or entertaining, that's awesome! Would you consider giving just $1 per episode? Check out my Patreon page to see how it works. Sign up for my twice-monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on new podcast episodes, blog posts, and HSP news.

Podcast music attribution: Bust This Bust That (Professor Kliq) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

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