The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark MansonThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

byMark Manson

Hardcover | September 13, 2016

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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.

Title:The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:September 13, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Definitely applied this book to my life. Entertaining.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I truly loved this book!!!! It's poignant, thought provoking, and it's flippin hilarious!! I've made at least ten people read it, and every person has said it's touched them in one way or another. It's messages are powerful, yet simple, but prepare to be humbled. This book has changed my life for the better and I feel a sense of freedom in my own skin - which is an incredible feeling. Read THIS!!!!! You will not regret it
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of my favorite books This author keeps it straight to the point, from cover to cover. He also has some really interesting examples to back his point. I feel like I did apply his ideas to my current life and that has helped me feel less stressed and bothered by other people. I highly recommend this book to anybody.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nothing new but entertaining This is essentially don't sweat the small stuff but written with a lot of swearing. I found the little anecdotes entertaining and some funny; they certainly help drive home the point. Other parts I found a little preachy, reads like a textbook though with a lot more f*cks in it.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the book Easy read, ready to read it again. So many points are common sense but you don't thin about it until you read it. So many "ah ha' moments!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended! Gives you another way of looking at life. Read it in a few sittings. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This is funny and enlightening. It really helped me understand and get on with life with much more pleasure. Like in another review, pick your battles, and this helps you understand which battles are worth it to you.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Title Isn't Just a Gimmick. Everyone knows the saying 'Pick your battles.' That is the essence of this book- to not let the unimportant things get the best of you or too much of your attention. Teaches you to keep everything in perspective, and how to make caring less an asset. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was nearly 5 stars! Manson is direct, no-nonsense, and unapologetic. He doesn't believe in platitudes to make the reader more comfortable. This is not a hand-holding, gentle nudge into self-reflection, but rather, a hard shove into the deep-end. But, it is not unkind. And it is not patronizing or preachy. Manson is honest about his own short-comings and failures - both past and current - and doesn't sugar-coat the crap life throws at us or the crap of our own making. The lost star is for 3 relatively minor reasons. One: the introductory chapter is gratuitously crude. I am not typically offended by swearing, especially in casual contexts (and sometimes, it can be quite advantageous!), but Manson, in an apparent effort to draw the reader in with his funny, no-BS approach, goes a bit overboard in those first few pages to the point where they're just needlessly excessive (and this not even in reference to all of the times "f*ck" was used). Two: he does occasionally drone on a bit, with one example more than we need or that comfortably fits in his run-on sentence. Last is a pet-peeve of mine. Manson, like so many other writers, can't seem to conjugate "to have" correctly. When intending to use "to have" many people end up conjugating "to get" instead. For example: "It's all she's got" (p.17). There are actually two errors here. First, "she's" is a contraction for "she is", not "she has". Second, the second verb's infinitive is "to have", not "to get", so the sentence in its entirety should be "It's all she has." It may seem minor, but it drives me nuts that people write this way and that editors either don't know that it's correct or they just don't care! Anyway... I enjoyed this book in read it in under a day.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring! This is a wonderful, feel good read!
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing in all honesty I bought this book purely because of the funny title. but upon reading this - as i try to read a few books a month - this book is simply amazing. if everyone took a moment out of their everyday lives and stopped and forgot about all the useless stuff we worried about and lived a more fulfilling life - life would be simpler. i recommend this book without a doubt to everyone.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The whole book was just amazing funny insightful and everything it was lead to be definitely recommend
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely recommend The beginning of this book started out amazing: what the author was saying registered with me immediately. I was so excited about his philosophies and the comical way in which he delivered them I finished the book within the next 24 hours. While it did slow down a little in the middle, it still held my attention the entire time and ended off well. Definitely need to take a second read through it and highlight the important parts.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting viewpoint, good message I recently purchased this book on the title alone and the thought that "New Year, New You" manta that has been seen so often on social media. I'm very happy I did. The author imparts a new way to look at life and failure and argues that maybe those self help gurus are wrong, or at least not totally correct. I enjoyed reading this book immensely as his writing style is straight forward and, more often then not, humourous. His view probably won't resonate with everyone but that's ok. I would recommend this book to those looking for an alternate view on life, a way to feel better about yourself, or even just a day of good quality reading
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My definition of happiness It comes down to sometimes to enjoy the simple things in life, and to think about what it's most important to you without letting others and society influence you. It's damn funny and makes you think in a good way :) #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes Sense While reading this book I had a lot of "ah ha" moments. The book focuses on the fact that we as humans care way too much about everything and anything. Manson goes on to make a point out of the fact that we should obviously still give a f*ck about stuff that matters to us, but that there are a lot of things we give attention to that don't necessarily deserve our f*cks.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful & Very applicable to many of us! It is definitely a book that I could recommend to many people in my life, from my siblings to my girlfriends to my grandparents! Great read.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from funny & insightful This book touches on a lot of relatable topics. It has lessons that you can apply in today's culture.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Had this book out on my desk at work...boss comes by and says I have enough of "that" already. LOL Good read!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from you will love this book This book is a must read. I could connect and relate to a lot of the ideas. It was also a fun read. I can see myself reading this again.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Funny and very interesting
Date published: 2016-11-29

Editorial Reviews

“An in-your-face guide to living with integrity and finding happiness in sometimes-painful places… This book, full of counterintuitive suggestions that often make great sense, is a pleasure to read and worthy of rereading. A good yardstick by which self-improvement books should be measured.”