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Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig

23363874TITLE: Reasons to stay alive
PUBLISHED BY: Canongate Books
HOW I GOT IT: Gift from one of my BFF
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 264
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Depression, Anxiety, OCD


(PLOT BY GR) What does it mean to feel truly alive?
This is the true story of how Matt Haig came through crisis, triumphed over a mental illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. Moving, funny and joyous, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.
thoughtsI wanted to read “Reasons to stay alive” since the first time this title pop-up in front of my eyes and one of my best friend decided to pick it up for me on Christmas on the scrupulous wish list I handed to him. From the first pages I know it was a FIVE STARS reading. I just decided to threw out (AKA leave it at home) my bookmark and substituted it with a pencil because this book has so many good lines that it was impossible to remember them all when I got home.

“Reasons to stay alive” is a book which mainly deals and talks about depression — there is also OCD and anxiety — it is not a fiction story but it is completely coming from a personal experience of the author. This book is for everyone. It’s not only for people who is fighting everyday with mental disease but it’s most for all those people who don’t know what mental health is. It’s a book against the stigma of MENTAL HEALTH and it is definitely one of my favorite book of this year.
We all should educate ourselves about mental health: a mental disease is something invisible to the rest of the world but it can be deadly. Depression is not only the mainly cause of suicide but it kills more than terrorism and cancer. That is a fact. Sadly, our society underrates the mental health condition. If your first response to someone who’s got depression is “cheer up”, “you need to think more positive” or “it’s not a big deal” than this book has been written for you. Be aware and educate yourself. You could safe someone’s else life!

The author is telling his personal story with “Reasons to stay alive” and drag the reader between his thoughts and how the brain usually works during depression. WARNING: this book may trigger depression and anxiety in general, it personally did to me. So I advice you to read it with caution and you should grab a lighter book as soon as you finish this. But it’s so WORTH IT.  Matt Haigh knows what he is talking about and sadly I can totally relate to him in so many ways — that is the main reason why I started to underline half of the book.

And thank you to my best friend for giving me this book.


 “THE WORLD IS increasingly designed to depress us. Happiness isn’t very good for the economy. If we were happy with what we had, why would we need more? How do you sell an anti-ageing moisturiser? You make someone worry about ageing. How do you get people to vote for a political party? You make them worry about immigration. How do you get them to buy insurance? By making them worry about everything. How do you get them to have plastic surgery? By highlighting their physical flaws. How do you get them to watch a TV show? By making them worry about missing out. How do you get them to buy a new smartphone? By making them feel like they are being left behind. To be calm becomes a kind of revolutionary act. To be happy with your own non-upgraded existence. To be comfortable with our messy, human selves, would not be good for business.”   

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