The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 2 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.

- LegallyBrunette [TOP 500 REVIEWER]

Star Rating Anything with curse words on the cover picks my interest

Reviewed in Canada on May 9, 2017

I'm not one for self-help books, but this one spoke to me: it's a masterpiece, incredibly funny! It's not as douchey as the title would have you think, and it's very entertaining. A lot of good advice for those, like me, who over-stress themselves about mostly nothing at all.
Some of the quotes from this book blows my mind: "The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience."
If you get anxious over little things in life, you need this book to point out they are too little of a problem to get anxious about.
Hope this was helpful ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

- Kyle [TOP 1000 REVIEWER]

Star Rating Ignore the negative reviews, just read it.

Reviewed in Canada on April 3, 2019

I almost didn't read this book because of some of the negative reviews; however, I am glad I did. I initially thought that this book was going to have the direction of "don't care about ANYTHING at all", but that's not the case. It mostly discusses defining proper values for yourself; what you should and shouldn't care about, and why. It was a short read, but still enjoyable, I may go through it again at some point. A lot of self help books seem to try to get you to look at things more positively, which for me seems to end up in ignoring the problem/negative feelings because I have buried it with a false sense of positivity I don't really believe. One major thing I liked that was discussed in this book versus some of the other "self help" books I read is that it talks about accepting some of your own flaws, some things can't be sugar coated. The approaches mentioned in this book seem better suited to actually dealing with your issues and coming up with new life values centered around your own happiness and well being. Well worth the read if you are looking to give your head a shake.

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