#1 New York Times Bestseller
Over 10 million copies sold
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A self-help book for those of us who swore we’d never need one, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck proves that there’s real value in shunning relentless positivity. Though Mark Manson mocks the genre's usual earnest "Go get 'em, tiger!" tone, his book isn’t an ironic parody. Manson’s advice on learning to accept everyday frustration and negativity is genuinely useful—and Roger Wayne's matter-of-fact narration is an equally refreshing change to chirpy affirmations. Advice from a friend: you might not want to listen to this audiobook in the car until after you've dropped the kids off.
Bad reviewers are missing the point
Great book with a fundamental truth at its core.
Lots of people rating it bad probably just aren't ready to hear it. It's message is hard to digest, similar to the Power of Now.
Don't give up on understanding the message and applying it to life though. Or do, do whatever you want, idgaf.
A quintessential read !
A beautiful book is written on the prioritisation of various aspects of our lives. I would strongly recommend the audiobook as well. Beautifully narrated.
Disappointing end. Didn’t resonate with me
Missed the whole point of it. It’s probably more relevant to your typical privileged American who feels the need to overachieve in life. And by the way, Aussies say ‘there’ perfectly fine Haha.