Help!: How to Become Slightly Happier, and Get a Bit More Done  by
(Canongate, 2011)

Help!: How to Become Slightly Happier, and Get a Bit More Done


How do you solve the problem of human happiness? It is a subject that has occupied some of history’s greatest thinkers, from Aristotle (in Nichomachean Ethics) to Paul McKenna (in Paul McKenna’s Change Your Life In Seven Days: The World’s Leading Hypnotist Shows You How). But how do we sort the good ideas from the bad ones?

In the last five years Oliver Burkeman has travelled to some of the strangest corners of the ‘Happiness Industry’ in an attempt to find out. In Help!, Oliver Burkeman presents his findings. It is a witty and thought-provoking journey which punctures many of self-helps most popular myths, whilst also offering clear-headed, practical and often counter-intuitive advice on a range of subjects, from stress, procrastination and insomnia, to laughter, creativity and wealth. Burkeman doesn’t claim to have solved the problem of human happiness, but he might just bring us one step closer.


The Self-help Book to End All Self-help Books…Burkeman has a lovely turn of phrase, neither too dry nor too flashy; but a sort of just-rightness that makes his pronouncements sound wholly trustworthy.”
- The Guardian
Help! is full of practical tips... that make self-help seem as straightforward as bike maintenance ”
- Prospect
On practically every page, Oliver Burkeman manages to be both hilarious and thought-provoking — a combination sure to make any reader very happy. ”
- Gretchen Rubin, author, The Happiness Project