“At long last, here’s a book on why happiness can make us sad and mindfulness might be overrated.”

–Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author
The Upside of Your Darkside book

The Upside of Your Darkside

by Todd Kashdan & Robert Biswas-Diener

Americans are not fans of anger, sadness, guilt, and other negative emotions. Just take a tour of the bookstore aisles and you’ll see countless titles about positivity and happiness. We invite you to take a closer look. We think that you can gain more from accessing the full range of your emotions. You don’t have to avoid discomfort to live a meaningful and engaging life. In fact, a bit of occasional anxiety or guilt can propel you to do great things.

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Sometimes trying to be happy actually gets in our way. Effectively handling the pain and stress that life brings is an essential part of creating a rich, meaningful existence.

Do we think no one should pursue happiness? Of course not. But if you’re constantly trying (and failing) to feel happy, you might want to consider an alternative life objective: be present, with an attitude of curiosity, and do what matters most to you. We want to show you the wide variety of psychological strengths that are being ignored because they feel uncomfortable or on the surface, are socially undesirable. In certain situations, what seems to be intuitively good is unhelpful and what seems to be intuitively bad is helpful. Our goal in writing The Upside of Your Dark Side is to help you become agile and whole, and by doing so, access your full potential for success and fulfillment.

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