How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done

Oliver Burkeman

HELP! by Oliver Burkeman (Paperback ISBN 9780857860262) book cover

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Become slightly happier, and get a bit more done, with help from one of the Guardian’s most popular writers

How do you solve the problem of human happiness?

It’s a subject that has occupied some of the greatest philosophers of all time, from Aristotle to Paul McKenna. But how do we sort the good ideas from the terrible ones? Over the past five years, Oliver Burkeman has travelled to some of the strangest outposts of the ‘happiness industry’ in an attempt to find out. Help! is the witty and thought-provoking story of his journey. In it, he tackles:

The Secret of Great Leadership
How to Be Interesting
Why All Meetings Should Be Abolished
How to Become a Better Morning Person
The Hidden Pleasures of Worry
and many other subjects …

“Burkeman isn’t pushy or preachy. He makes no promises of massive personality makeovers or psychological transformations….Burkeman doesn’t claim to have cracked the code to perpetual joy, but he does deliver a logical and entertaining set of musings on managing life.”

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“This is a genuinely useful book… Help! is win-win. If you do find yourself with those problems which, though potentially tractable, are disproportionately aggravating, then you will find solace and good advice here. If you do no, then you will be amused anyway - and you still might learn something helpful. Either way, you won’t need to read another self-help book again.”
Nicholas Lezard

“Burkeman proves an excellent guide, separating all the schmaltzy hokum on achieving inner bliss on your lunch break from the modest, but genuinely enlightening research on human happiness.”
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“A wry self-help book that actually delivers.”
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“A happiness how-to-do without the cringey bits. Help! Is quite possibly invaluable”
Stephanie Cross
daily Mail

Oliver Burkeman

Oliver 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.