Notes On A Nervous Planet


“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. Reading is love in action.”

The societies we live in are increasingly making our minds ill, making it feel as though the way we live is engineered to make us unhappy. When Matt Haig developed panic disorder, anxiety, and depression as an adult, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world could impact his mental health in both positive and negative ways. Notes on a Nervous Planet collects his observations, taking a look at how the various social, commercial and technological “advancements” that have created the world we now live in can actually hinder our happiness. Haig examines everything from broader phenomena like inequality, social media, and the news; to things closer to our daily lives, like how we sleep, how we exercise, and even the distinction we draw between our minds and our bodies.

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Comments from other readers:


“With everything evolving and technology use increasing, this book has made me reflect on how often things like social media negatively impact my day. I hope to make some different choices and use my time to disconnect from the online world and really appreciate ‘the present’. I will still use social media, but can understand the benefits of ‘switching off’ every now and again. A lot of the time I will be aimlessly browsing, or looking at things that make me unhappy when I could be appreciating things in the present, that I otherwise might have missed.”


“Some interesting ideas – would have liked more of his personal experiences and stories about those times when his anxiety flared up to help you understand the lived experience of anxiety.”

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Filed Under Uncategorized Posted by devcore on 26 January 2021