The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (2 Book Series) 1)

August 13, 2019 - Comment

#1 New York Times Bestseller Over 1 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

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 1 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.

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Anonymous says:

If you’re reading this please don’t waste your money. Honestly, one of the most poorly written books I have ever read.The title is simply bait, the ideas in this book are dense, weak and are nothing profound or deep. A lot of the information in this book is antidotal & the author contradicts himself throughout or he simply just regurgitates basic talking points from other self-help books. This is what you get when you buy books from nobodies and internet marketers.This book is clearly a smash and grab if we’re going to be…

Anonymous says:

It’s good but. Five stars for content, one for style. There’s a fad at the moment that says any book in the self help genre has to have a catchy phrase and that it must be repeated ad nauseum (presumably to prove the value of the phrase). This book falls into that particular trap and in the end it just feels like you’re being tortured by repetition. Trust me, there’s nothing subtle about it! It’s a shame, there are important things to read here but the overuse of particular words and phrases is both tedious…

Anonymous says:

Too aggressive I guess I should have known from the title of the book. The use of the F word is completely overused and sets an aggressive tone throughout. The book was recommended to me so I thought I would give it a try however I would not recommend this book to anyone else. There are better books available today with a similar message that don’t overuse use the F-word and and also don’t make such aggressive references towards other people and life in general. It depicts a picture where society is becoming…

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