Notes on a Nervous Planet

By Matt Haig

What if the way we live was engineered to make us unhappy? And what if there was something we could do about it?
— Matt Haig


 The world is messing with our minds.

Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.


– How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?
– How do we stay human in a technological world?
– How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?


After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.

Many mental health problems are quantifiably rising, and - if we believe our mental wellbeing is important - we need, quite desperately, to look at what might be behind these changes.
— Matt Haig

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Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop TimeThe Humans and The Radleys.

He has also written books for children, including The Truth Pixie, released last month. And has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal.

He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.

Instagram: @mattzhaig | Twitter @matthaig1


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