The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

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Publisher Description

#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 American 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.

Health & Well-Being
13 September

Customer Reviews

aashcx ,

Funny and smart.

Candid and straightforward, Manson delves into topics which would traditionally trigger an existential crisis with lighthearted banter. A very enjoyable and interesting read.

Jumbud ,

Thought provoking

I enjoyed this book in a way that made me see things differently and definitely made me think about how I live my life and how I could improve my life by thinking differently.
Thought provoking indeed!
I’m looking forward to reading the next book!

maryhallett ,

Brilliant book

This book made me think about the things I usually wouldn’t. Probably one of the best ‘self-help’ books I’ve read actually, considering the approach is completely different to what I’m used to. The writing style was also very easy to understand and interpret, putting things into perspective for me. I would recommend this book anyone, but especially to those who tend to care about what others think and those who fear trying new things out!

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