Feelings like anger, boredom, guilt, and anxiety might be uncomfortable, but they are also incredibly useful. In this ground-breaking book, acclaimed psychologists Dr Todd Kashdan and Dr Robert Biswas-Diener explain why positivity and mindfulness can only take us so far. To live life to the full, we need to cultivate ‘emotional agility’ – the ability to access our full range of emotions (not just the ‘good’ ones). Find out why:
Drawing on years of scientific research and a wide array of real-life examples from sports, parenting, relationships, business and more, The Power of Negative Emotion is a bold handbook for a more fulfilling and successful life.
'A really cleverly packaged, quite brilliant idea... the ultimate end of January read'
– Alexandra Heminsley, Radio 2
'Entertaining and informative'
– Press Association
‘Rather good.. may entice you into reclaiming your dark side’
– The Times
‘A new way of thinking’
– The Sun
'The perfect manual for someone waking up on a January morning’
– Independent on Sunday
‘A highly refreshing alternative to the idea that one must pursue happiness at all costs.’
– Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct
'Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the hidden elements of a happy, fulfilling, engaged life.'
– Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project
‘I feel like I have five new superpowers after reading this book. The dark side does indeed have an upside – and this book teaches us how to harness it, so we can truly lead more heroic and purposeful lives.’
– Jane McGonigal, author of Reality Is Broken
‘With verve, humour, solid research, and lots of examples, the authors cut through prevailing myths about happiness to show what actually creates a fulfilling, contributing life. Brave, bold, and brilliant.’
– Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain
‘At long last, here’s a book on why happiness can make us sad and mindfulness might be overrated. If you haven’t read it yet, you should feel guilty – and it turns out that will be good for you.’
– Adam Grant, author of Give and Take
‘Full of scientific research yet laugh-out-loud funny, this book is a must read. The authors turn everything on its head – questioning the wisdom of positive psychology and the pursuit of happiness – all in order to help us flourish and be happy!’
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