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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? - H 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 21st century.


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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? - H 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 21st century.

30 review for Notes on a Nervous Planet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    I'm not really going to review this properly I bought it and read it just for me really. There's nothing much I can say that I haven't said before about this author's writing and sometimes you just want to read a book to kick start your soul again. Suffice to say that as ever after reading a Matt Haig book my faith in many many things is restored. Yes indeed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Penelope

    A truly timely and important book that everyone living on this nervous planet should read. Matt's honest and personal experiences shine through on every page and his writing is like a cup of tea and a warm blanket making you feel that no matter how crazy the world can get everything is going to be ok. I loved this book and have no hesitation recommending it to absolutely everyone, no one will finish this book without learning at least one important lesson or taking away one piece of advice that A truly timely and important book that everyone living on this nervous planet should read. Matt's honest and personal experiences shine through on every page and his writing is like a cup of tea and a warm blanket making you feel that no matter how crazy the world can get everything is going to be ok. I loved this book and have no hesitation recommending it to absolutely everyone, no one will finish this book without learning at least one important lesson or taking away one piece of advice that will make life just that little bit better. Thanks Matt!

  3. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    This book gave me so much to contemplate!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nat K

    ”The paradox of modern life is this: we have never been more connected, and we have never been more alone.” Another gem from one of my favourite writers, which makes me realise why I love reading his books so much. Matt Haig has the innate ability to get inside your core and peel back the layers. He makes you feel. He makes you think. Whenever I start one of his books, the rest of the world falls to a blur, in slow motion. I become so engrossed in what he has to say, it’s as if time stands still. ”The paradox of modern life is this: we have never been more connected, and we have never been more alone.” Another gem from one of my favourite writers, which makes me realise why I love reading his books so much. Matt Haig has the innate ability to get inside your core and peel back the layers. He makes you feel. He makes you think. Whenever I start one of his books, the rest of the world falls to a blur, in slow motion. I become so engrossed in what he has to say, it’s as if time stands still. He writes of truth and hurt and feelings, and the discord so many of us feel in our oh-so-busy modern lives. Inadvertently, he has become somewhat of a modern day sage with his wise words and observations. By being so upfront with his own struggles with anxiety and depression (via his previous book "Reasons to Stay Alive"), this book continues on the theme of the pressures we place on ourselves in the modern world, and if it is indeed worth it. We are bombarded with information overload from the time we wake up to the moment our head hit the pillow. No wonder our inner circuitry often snaps. There's a beautiful snippet "A note from the beach" which is funny and cheeky at the same time. Effectively the beach has written an ode to us humans, about how we shouldn't obsess about who's "watching us" on the beach, about how we look, as no-one's really interested. They're all too worried about how they look. "Reframe your idea of beauty. Be a rebel against marketing. Look forward to being a wise elder. Be the complex elegance of a melting candle. Be a map with 10,000 roads. Be the orange at sunset that outclasses the pink of sunrise. Be the self that dares to be true." Penelope beautifully summed up this book by saying “…his writing is like a cup of tea and a warm blanket making you feel that no matter how crazy the world can get everything is going to be ok.” I couldn’t agree more. And I really can’t say more. Just read it. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Matt, you have such a positive influence on so many people. I truly hope you read your reviews, because you’ll see how much you mean to people, and just how many lives you’ve touched 💕 🌿 💚 🌿 💚 "Just be. 🌿 💚 🌿 💚

  5. 4 out of 5

    André Oliveira

    A book about depression, panic attacks and how to deal with them. Or at least get better at it. Obviously, it's about a lot more subjects but Matt Haig give us some advice on how to cope with the present lifestyle and how to accept yourself and the world we currently live.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Gipson

    I read Matt Haig’s previous book ‘Reasons To Stay Alive ‘ last year and absolutely loved it.It dealt with Matt’s personal battle with anxiety and depression. It was so honest you couldn’t help but be affected by the level of suffering he went through. His follow up book ‘Notes On A Nervous Planet ‘ explores how our addiction to modern technology is making us anxious and affecting our quality of life. Each chapter is quite short and Matt does have an uncanny way of expressing his thoughts where I read Matt Haig’s previous book ‘Reasons To Stay Alive ‘ last year and absolutely loved it.It dealt with Matt’s personal battle with anxiety and depression. It was so honest you couldn’t help but be affected by the level of suffering he went through. His follow up book ‘Notes On A Nervous Planet ‘ explores how our addiction to modern technology is making us anxious and affecting our quality of life. Each chapter is quite short and Matt does have an uncanny way of expressing his thoughts where you find yourself nodding along in agreement. Thank you Matt for this book it felt a lot like an old friend comforting you when life gets too much.

  7. 4 out of 5

    littlemiss_emmxx

    I had heard this book was a sort of follow on from Reasons To Stay Alive. I read Reasons To Stay Alive while I was on holiday in January. And loved it read it in 2 or 3 days and ended up having to start it again as I hadn't thought I would finish it so quickly. Clearly it took me a bit longer to read this but that's because I'm not on holiday this time. I couldn't wait that long to read it. I just love Matt Haigs writing. It is so honest and truthful. This will definitely be recommended as much I had heard this book was a sort of follow on from Reasons To Stay Alive. I read Reasons To Stay Alive while I was on holiday in January. And loved it read it in 2 or 3 days and ended up having to start it again as I hadn't thought I would finish it so quickly. Clearly it took me a bit longer to read this but that's because I'm not on holiday this time. I couldn't wait that long to read it. I just love Matt Haigs writing. It is so honest and truthful. This will definitely be recommended as much as I have Reasons To Stay Alive.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    3.5, rounded up. I really, REALLY liked Haig's previous 'self-help' book, Reasons to Stay Alive, even though some found it corny and simplistic. Reading this sequel, I could see why that feeling might be valid this time round. A prime reason why the previous book made an impact, is that it hewed more closely to Haig's personal history, as he shared autobiographical stories from which he gleaned his insights - here, there are far fewer such examples, so it just seems like a stream of platitudes - 3.5, rounded up. I really, REALLY liked Haig's previous 'self-help' book, Reasons to Stay Alive, even though some found it corny and simplistic. Reading this sequel, I could see why that feeling might be valid this time round. A prime reason why the previous book made an impact, is that it hewed more closely to Haig's personal history, as he shared autobiographical stories from which he gleaned his insights - here, there are far fewer such examples, so it just seems like a stream of platitudes - some of which are profound, some of which extract a feeling of .... 'well, duh'! And some of which seemed awfully repetitious (e.g., do we really need to be told the virtues of peanut butter on toast twice?). Still, anyone struggling (as I do) with a panic disorder, anxiety or the feeling like the world is far too stressful, can find much to like and take away from this quick and often entertaining read. It never hurts to hear that it isn't necessarily YOU!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    His best book yet! The perfect antidote to our messy world! I love all Matt Haig’s books and this was still even better than I had anticipated! Just buy it, read it, talk about and love it! This world is a better place with this book in it .

  10. 5 out of 5

    Zohal

    4.5 Stars "It’s all right that the world is crazy, as long as I make my little corner of the world sane." Diane Lockhart from The Good Fight. The above quote perfectly summarises this book. I read this in one setting which rarely happens these days. This has given me so much to think about it. It was so raw and so very from the heart. I don't suffer from anxiety yet I felt as though Matt Haig put the deepest depths of my soul onto the page. I guarantee everyone will relate to at least one commen 4.5 Stars "It’s all right that the world is crazy, as long as I make my little corner of the world sane." Diane Lockhart from The Good Fight. The above quote perfectly summarises this book. I read this in one setting which rarely happens these days. This has given me so much to think about it. It was so raw and so very from the heart. I don't suffer from anxiety yet I felt as though Matt Haig put the deepest depths of my soul onto the page. I guarantee everyone will relate to at least one comment Matt Haig makes about our modern world. Additionally, he says that Goodreads is one of the best things to ever happen on the internet and I a billion percent agree with that! ☺

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anni

    "Distracted from distraction by distraction" (T.S. Eliot' - The Four Quartets) If you feel like shouting “Stop the world, I want to get off!" on a daily basis, then this is the book for you. Following on from his bestselling “Reasons to stay Alive”, Matt Haig here explores whether it is possible to stay sane in a mad world, offering useful suggestions for coping with our addiction to modern technology along with its attendant information overload. (The suggestion I find most useful is the one abo "Distracted from distraction by distraction" (T.S. Eliot' - The Four Quartets) If you feel like shouting “Stop the world, I want to get off!" on a daily basis, then this is the book for you. Following on from his bestselling “Reasons to stay Alive”, Matt Haig here explores whether it is possible to stay sane in a mad world, offering useful suggestions for coping with our addiction to modern technology along with its attendant information overload. (The suggestion I find most useful is the one about getting upset over distressing news programs: i.e. SWITCH IT OFF! and don't feel guilty about it). Haig is never preachy and includes many examples of his own (considerable) neurotic behaviour in demonstration of the widespread occurrence of anxiety and depression amongst humans. However, I did get the feeling that the cataloguing of reasons to be worried might well have the adverse effect of making the reader even more disturbed - discovering how much more there is to worry about than they thought!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Just read it :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    The modern world is fast and relentless, our connection to the internet that means we have a never-ending stream of notifications, jobs that come with a phone and almost permanent on call. Our nerves are jangled constantly. It feel like you are in a race that you can never win and standing still doesn't feel like an option. Yet in the world of 24 / 7 connections to family, friends and strangers around the world, people have never been more alone. In this modern world, can we stay sane? This is the The modern world is fast and relentless, our connection to the internet that means we have a never-ending stream of notifications, jobs that come with a phone and almost permanent on call. Our nerves are jangled constantly. It feel like you are in a race that you can never win and standing still doesn't feel like an option. Yet in the world of 24 / 7 connections to family, friends and strangers around the world, people have never been more alone. In this modern world, can we stay sane? This is the follow up to his successful and what I consider now an essential book, Reasons to Stay Alive. I that he told us of his journey back from staring into the abyss. In this, he lays out the problems of the modern world that have been caused by the internet as well as the positive benefits that it has brought. He makes it very personal, telling us of the issues that he has had with obsessions with Facebook, Twitter and the slightly unreal world of Instagram and how it has affected his mental health. Reading isn’t important because it helps to get you a job. It’s important because it gives you room to exist beyond the reality you’re given. It is how humans merge. How minds connect. Dreams. Empathy. Understanding. Escape. Like his previous book, there are anecdotes, his thoughts on the world we are living in. Woven into this is his own personal story about how his depression and anxiety has ebbed and flowed, often caused by spending way too long on the internet. Listening to the echo chamber is not good for your health, especially in this political climate, and this book is full of practical suggestions on how to cope with the relentlessness of it all, when and how to engage for an affirmative experience and when to turn the computer off, set the phone aside and go and do something else. Probably essential reading for teenagers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tim Rideout

    ‘Kindness spring-cleans the soul.’ Reading ‘Notes on a Nervous Planet’ is like being given a new pair of spectacles. It makes everything clearer. Matt Haig writes with humility, wisdom, clarity, honesty, humour and kindness about his own mental illness and efforts to improve his mental health. In doing so he is a source of great help to others. I read this book quickly - it will stay with me for a very long time. Yet another remarkable book from Matt.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tom McLean

    I feel like I could write a Twitter bot that would generate this entire book. If you're the type of person who needs someone to tell you "It will be okay" a thousand different ways, then this is the book for you. I, like Matt Haig, also suffer from anxiety. But being told "it will be okay" only adds to my anxiety. I was hoping for a tool or an escape, but did not find it here. I'm glad Mr. Haig has found a profitable way to deal with his anxiety, by selling out his mantras.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I hardly ever dnf a book. Now trust me when I say I know that this book is just like Haig's others; ones that I do like, The Humans is actually one of my all-time favourites. I stopped a little over 200 pages in and I realised he would be repeating the same messages over and over again, I got the gist and was to be honest irritated. He did hit a few aspects of modern culture on the head but at some points it came off like a middle aged man complaining about youth culture, which it is essentially I hardly ever dnf a book. Now trust me when I say I know that this book is just like Haig's others; ones that I do like, The Humans is actually one of my all-time favourites. I stopped a little over 200 pages in and I realised he would be repeating the same messages over and over again, I got the gist and was to be honest irritated. He did hit a few aspects of modern culture on the head but at some points it came off like a middle aged man complaining about youth culture, which it is essentially and there is a gap between what he thinks us youth understand about our own obsession with technology. Also if people really were stupid enough to make machines that can take over us I'll give this book 5 stars, to my understanding computers work off algorithms which people write. A computer can be smarter than a human but not smarter than humanity. I may sound ignorant, and I very much might be but I kept an open-mind and this is my opinion of this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    The world is a nervous system. Everything is connected and it's difficult to switch off, even for your own sake. Notes on a Nervous Planet makes you stop, think, consider your own interactions with the world around you and how it seeps into your life. Most of all it makes you hope it's possible to truly disconnect, whatever that means for the individual, and find your own sense of calm to catch your breath amidst the noise of the bustling world around us. A hopeful book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rita Araújo

    “Find the hope that is already here and help it grow” ❤ “Find the hope that is already here and help it grow” ❤️

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Matt Haig hat mir direkt aus dem Herzen geschrieben. Ein grandioses Buch!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vivek Tejuja

    This is a world of nerves. Of nervousness (as the title rightly suggests), of anxiety and of excess. Everything is in excess and we do not know when to stop or how to control our lives. We are constantly on the edge and losing the very essence of being human. Our lives are spiraling out of control and we perhaps do not know what to do. Matt Haig’s books are about mental health issues we face, the ones he has faced and continues to. The only difference is that he speaks about it, Haig communicate This is a world of nerves. Of nervousness (as the title rightly suggests), of anxiety and of excess. Everything is in excess and we do not know when to stop or how to control our lives. We are constantly on the edge and losing the very essence of being human. Our lives are spiraling out of control and we perhaps do not know what to do. Matt Haig’s books are about mental health issues we face, the ones he has faced and continues to. The only difference is that he speaks about it, Haig communicates and comes from a place of darkness to speak through his books on issues that we prefer to be silent about. “Notes on a Nervous Planet” is about what we go through on a daily basis and yet continue to and not battle it because we do not know how to. Haig not only tells us about the issues in detail but also lets us know what he does to combat them, and we could also do that, if we like. For instance, how to not be on the phone constantly, how to get off social media once in a while, how to sleep more and things that we think of but not implement on most of the time. Haig’s writing is personal. He writes from the heart (using the cliché phrase and apologies for that) and it is clear in the writing. It is all about how to stay sane anymore on a planet such as ours. I loved the way the book is structured, looking at each thing that is messing with our minds and the possible suggestions to each of them – from lack of sleep to addiction to work and play balance to questioning the habits and lifestyles of the digital age. “Notes on a Nervous Planet” makes you look at life without being preachy about it. All it does is make you want to reclaim humanity, little by little if need be. Matt Haig cleverly and beautifully deconstructs the world we live in and provides suggestions, if not answers or solutions on how to conquer. “Notes on a Nervous Planet” if nothing will make you feel that someone out there knows what you are going through and is able to understand it beautifully to express it the way you will feel a connect. It is the book for our times and much needed. Do read it, please.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    This book is raw and real. Highly recommend to anyone struggling with mental illness- it is a read that will show you that you are not alone. Also highly recommend to those not struggling with mental illness but are simply broad-minded enough to want to understand those who do. Matt Haig writes of our nervous planet. Nervous, yes, but also "[a] planet where we can breathe and live and fall in love and eat peanut butter on toast and say hello to dogs and dance to music and read Bonjour Tristesse a This book is raw and real. Highly recommend to anyone struggling with mental illness- it is a read that will show you that you are not alone. Also highly recommend to those not struggling with mental illness but are simply broad-minded enough to want to understand those who do. Matt Haig writes of our nervous planet. Nervous, yes, but also "[a] planet where we can breathe and live and fall in love and eat peanut butter on toast and say hello to dogs and dance to music and read Bonjour Tristesse and binge-watch TV dramas and notice the sunlight accentuated by hard shadow on a building and feel the wind and the rain on our tender skin and look after each other and lose ourselves in daydreams and night dreams and dissolve into the sweet mystery of ourselves." I love the short, quick chapters that are somehow always on point. I truly believe this book saved my life, or at least stuck me firmly on the path to recovery, whereas instead I would have been stumbling and tripping among the brambles for days. I am so grateful to have serendipitously won the giveaway for the PAPERBACK book exactly when I needed it. For the book cover, for making me want to reach for it. If that's not fate and luckiness, I really don't know what is. So grateful for Matt Haig and the timing of the book's publishers. To Matt Haig: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for writing this book. Thank you for sharing your experience. Thank you for sharing your struggle. Thank you for helping me realize I'm not alone. You are a beautiful human.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caro Reads

    Sollte mich je jemand fragen, welches Buch er/sie lesen sollte/gelesen haben sollte, dann ist es dieses. Augenöffnend, ehrlich und einfach menschlich. Es gibt einem keinen Leitfaden an die Hand, um das eigene Leben in den Griff zu bekommen. Es bringt den Leser aber dazu, seinen eigenen (digitalen) Lebensstil zu überdenken und sich bewusst zu werden, was man sich eigentlich damit antut, sich mit anderen zu vergleichen, zu messen und dabei zu vergessen, zu sein wer man eigentlich ist.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Odette Knappers

    Ik hoop dat ieder mens dit boek leest, en ik zal je uitleggen waarom. Dit is een boek over psychische gezondheid. En dat is superbelangrijk. Voor de mensen die er af en toe mee worstelen is dit een belangrijk boek omdat je leest dat je verre van de enige bent. Het is prettig om andermans ervaring te lezen. Het is interessant en leerzaam om te leren hoe Matt met zijn situatie omging, want je steekt er geheid wat van op. Voor mensen die niet met hun psychische gezondheid worstelen is dit ook, missch Ik hoop dat ieder mens dit boek leest, en ik zal je uitleggen waarom. Dit is een boek over psychische gezondheid. En dat is superbelangrijk. Voor de mensen die er af en toe mee worstelen is dit een belangrijk boek omdat je leest dat je verre van de enige bent. Het is prettig om andermans ervaring te lezen. Het is interessant en leerzaam om te leren hoe Matt met zijn situatie omging, want je steekt er geheid wat van op. Voor mensen die niet met hun psychische gezondheid worstelen is dit ook, misschien zelfs juist een superbelangrijk boek om te lezen. Want je gaat je medemens er beter door begrijpen. Heel veel beter. En empathie en begrip voor elkaar is wat ons mensen menselijk maakt. Ook voor lezers van boeken zoals Homo Deus en Sapiens, omdat het een superduidelijk beeld van onze huidige wereld, samenleving, maatschappij schetst, het in perspectief plaatst en de mogelijke gevolgen laat zien. Dit is een boek waar ik veel in wil markeren, veel in wil aanstrepen. Plakkertjes erbij wil plakken om terug open te kunnen slaan. Want dit is een boek over hoe we als mens moeten leven met de wereld om ons heen. Daarover gesproken: de Engelstalige titel, Notes on a nervous planet, vind ik veel beter dan de Nederlandse vertaling. Want hoewel paranoia nerveus is, is nervositeit geen paranoia. Laat je dus niet afschrikken door een - in mijn ogen - ongelukkige titel. Ik ben Matt Haig gaan volgen op Twitter omdat ik zijn boek De wezens zo briljant geniaal vind. Dit is zijn meest recente boek, en hij retweet veel mensen die hun favoriete passage uit dit boek op Twitter plaatsen. Al die quotes vond ik zo mooi, dat triggerde mij om dit boek op te pakken. Twijfel je nog, check dan zijn Twitter. Ik heb dit boek nu uit de bibliotheek thuis. Ik heb me netjes braaf ingehouden met strepen hoor :) Als ik dit boek ooit nog een keer ga lezen - wat vast het geval gaat zijn want er gaat vast weer een moment zijn dat ik hierdoor geprikkeld ben, net als nu - dan koop ik het eerst zodat ik naar alle lust kan aanstrepen. Want ik werd getriggend om dit op te pakken omdat voor mijn gevoel mijn hoofd een beetje uit sinc liep met mijn, de wereld. En daar heeft het echt wel voor geholpen. En dat is heel bijzonder vind ik, dat een boek dat kan bereiken.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    The only thing I don't like about this book is that it wasn't around when I was a teenager. Firstly, I just want to say that this book is physically stunning. Beneath the dust jacket, the hardcover is all the colours of the rainbow and it's lovely. I also think the size is great, it's compact and smaller than most of the newer books on my bookcase. I'm also lucky enough to have a signed copy. This is a comforting, reassuring read for the most part, much like The Humans, only this one, of course, The only thing I don't like about this book is that it wasn't around when I was a teenager. Firstly, I just want to say that this book is physically stunning. Beneath the dust jacket, the hardcover is all the colours of the rainbow and it's lovely. I also think the size is great, it's compact and smaller than most of the newer books on my bookcase. I'm also lucky enough to have a signed copy. This is a comforting, reassuring read for the most part, much like The Humans, only this one, of course, is non-fiction. One of the reasons I read books on mental health (and books generally) is that they make me feel a little less alone in the world and as I get older it's becoming more important for me to realise that I'm not the only one. This book certainly succeeded in that, as Haig depicts the lowest moments of his life in a stark manner, but more importantly, each of these moments was followed by a hopeful, uplifting note. Haig is also astute in analysing all of the ways in which modern society contributes to our nervous dispositions. He uses not only well-researched evidence to support his observations, but he also quotes some of the greatest minds in literature, and history more widely, which is something I particularly enjoyed throughout. He also offers his own wisdom on becoming "a happy mess. Or, at least, a less miserable mess. A mess who can cope." (p. 176) I think it's useful advice and I'll probably return to it in the future. A lovely read. Wonderfully human.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cher

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it. A thought provoking look at how rapidly our society has changed over the last 20 years with the advent of modern technological advances. I found a multitude of quotable passages and interesting tidbits. I’m a fan of Haig’s writing, be it fiction or nonfiction. ------------------------------------------- Favorite Quote: It sometimes feels as if we have temporarily solved the problem of scarcity and replaced it with the problem of excess. First Sentence: I was stre 4 stars - It was great. I loved it. A thought provoking look at how rapidly our society has changed over the last 20 years with the advent of modern technological advances. I found a multitude of quotable passages and interesting tidbits. I’m a fan of Haig’s writing, be it fiction or nonfiction. ------------------------------------------- Favorite Quote: It sometimes feels as if we have temporarily solved the problem of scarcity and replaced it with the problem of excess. First Sentence: I was stressed out.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Hartley

    As discussed in the book, everyone has different opinions on books and I loved Reasons to Stay Alive but this I found really boring. This book was very rambly and induced stress rather than prevent it. I found his last book actually had a story to it whereas this was just quoting other books and repeating what they said. The amount of chapters and paragraphs which. Were. All. One. Word. Sentences. Drove me insane by the end!

  27. 5 out of 5

    liz

    Matt Haig has done it again: written a highly thought-provoking book which has made me want to better myself and enrich my life. I am so glad that I was able to meet him last week and tell him how much his books mean to me because this book perfectly encapsulates why his work is so excellent.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Amazing!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Notes on a Nervous Planet is Matt Haig's somewhat sequel to Reasons To Stay Alive, in which he looks at the pace and panic of today's world and considers it through the lens of his own mental health issues, particularly anxiety. The style is very similar to the earlier book: short chapters with lots of lists and short sentences, emphasising his own suggestions and advice. The book has plenty of interesting thoughts and things to consider, particularly around technology and around how mental healt Notes on a Nervous Planet is Matt Haig's somewhat sequel to Reasons To Stay Alive, in which he looks at the pace and panic of today's world and considers it through the lens of his own mental health issues, particularly anxiety. The style is very similar to the earlier book: short chapters with lots of lists and short sentences, emphasising his own suggestions and advice. The book has plenty of interesting thoughts and things to consider, particularly around technology and around how mental health issues that cause people to act in less societally acceptable ways aren't having the stigma removed in the same way that other issues might be. The way Haig darts through his content feels pretty similar to the issues of the pace of the modern world that he highlights and questions the positivity of, whether or not this is intentional, and there's not much chance for reflection. A lot of his lists of advice and suggestions will be helpful to some people, and completely irrelevant to others even with similar issues; this is perhaps the nature of books dealing with mental health in general, as everyone is different. The experience of reading Notes on a Nervous Planet is a bit like reading a series of internet thinkpieces and Twitter threads, for better or for worse. It will undoubtedly be, like Haig's previous book on mental health, a lifeline for some people, but others may find it annoying and not actually saying anything new. If you enjoyed or needed Reasons To Stay Alive, it is worth reading this one to see what you think.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Theis

    This book is insightful and eye opening and what a good self help/ memoir should be: helping the reader see and understand truths through the eyes and experiences of another. Matt Haig writes about depression, finding inner peace, how to stress less and just enjoy the present and not worry so much about the future. He touches on subjects like technology not only combining us and making us closer than ever before but also making us a nervous techno addicted mess. He talks about his experiences wit This book is insightful and eye opening and what a good self help/ memoir should be: helping the reader see and understand truths through the eyes and experiences of another. Matt Haig writes about depression, finding inner peace, how to stress less and just enjoy the present and not worry so much about the future. He touches on subjects like technology not only combining us and making us closer than ever before but also making us a nervous techno addicted mess. He talks about his experiences with panic attacks and anxiety, trying to enlighten about ways to deal with it. How mental health shouldn't be taboo and it should be seen as one with physical since they affect each other. Everything in us, and all of us as humans are connected and need to remember that and focus less on the "wanting". Wanting another promotion, wanted tons of likes on our posts, wanting that more expensive newer model of what we already have that's still in perfect condition. Constantly thinking about the next thing and forgetting to live in the present, the anxiety that comes with social media and ways to help calm down this nervous planet we call Earth full of nervous and anxious animals we call humans. As a whole he did a great shop making everything connect and even though some topics skipped around from spot to spot, it all made sense. Great book! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ☺☺☺☺

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