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

Paperback | 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 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.

Title:The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:September 13, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this book Funny, down to earth, genuine, and totally applicable.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would read again great book and highly entertaining. sometimes its hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Book! I bought this about a month ago and it really changes your perspective on things. Definitely a good read!!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have read great examples that author gives in the book to make it more interesting to read, and the true advices are given without sugar coating.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Definitely recommend this book! Not a typical self-help book - very funny and interesting/important lessons! Spent some time reflecting after reading each chapter and absorbing the lessons!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good amount of humour I personally loved this book, and found it great for a more humorous version of a self-help book. Definitely not for someone who wants something serious, as most of the book is pretty blunt. An awesome read though!
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Mean, Dare I Say It? ..This book is fucking amazing.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. There were some great ideas in here.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Convincing Reading this with a book club. I'm definitely trying to give less ****s lol
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I mean give it a shot, but not for me Honestly this book just wasn't my cup of tea. I understand the "philosophy" if you will but I wasn't a fan of the scatterbrain storytelling format of the book. Plus the author seemed like an ass towards you half the time instead of what I'm assuming was supposed to be comedy. At least with books like The Secret it actually inspired me a little and made me think in a different way if only for a while, where as here I found myself rolling my eyes at the content and all of the stories, that conveniently so perfectly fit into the topic he is discussing that chapter. I don't know what more to say. I don't regret reading it but it simply didn't do anything for me and based on its popularity I'm sure someone else would find it interesting so I would recommend it for someone else.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ideas here Can't recommend this enough! So thought-provoking and provides some great tips
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Helps to create a better insight for a calmer life by ignoring a lot of unimportant crap along the way.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing Loved this book. Direct and to the point! I loved the funny parts in the book that literally make you laugh out loud. Very good read!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Title Says It All The title says it all. Its a good read, but may not be for everyone.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! The way this book is written is so refreshing. The writing style is easy to read and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Definitely a great gift for those who aren't easily offended by the F word :)
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very insightful A found this book very helpful. It's well written. It adresses difficult issues with humour so it helps to understand the solution. Although the subject was serious, certain passages made me laugh out loud, the author can be funny when needed to get his point across.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a fan It was hard to continue to read. I just could not interested.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from .. One of my favorite books. I tend to take things a little too personally and I care too much what people think. This book definitely gave me some good points.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I am happy to have purchased this book, very interesting read.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Helpful Self help Book An interesting and easy read.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't for me I know everyone loved this book... I could not get into it nor did I finish it. I felt it was not captivating enough nor funny...
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice a nice easy read that id recommend to all
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read This book is your hard truth wrapped in layers of humor and sarcasm, making it an amazing read!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divine Wonderfully written, it was a pleasure to read. Wish there were more books like these. I love these types of books, they are so full of life. What a sweet little story, I would recommend this to all my friends. I really enjoyed reading this book. What an inspiring book, kudos to the author.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it Found it to be a fun read.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from To the point and easy read Good stories and points. Common sense to give you "aha " moments. Good read!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny but definitely not something to live by This is a funny book but its not a guide to life. Don't take it literally people.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Humorous and very insightful. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a novel approach I liked the book, but didnt necessarily learn anything new.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny and light read Enjoyed the book, especially the beginning. Some good humor and tips.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome concepts I liked this book it was written for an easy read and had good view points of the aspects of life
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from how is this a best seller? unless it's because people buy this for friends as a gag gift, I don't get it.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and grounding read Mark Manson hits home with this radically life changing self-help book. Then again, the book is meant to guide in how to help one's own self. Terrific read. PG
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, Thought-Provoking Read! I bought this book last week and whipped through it in a mere two days. I found myself laughing out loud while reading and then stopping to think about what I had just read. Somehow, Mark Manson has managed to delicately dance upon the line between humour and heavy content, and in doing so has created a novel that I daresay everyone should read!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read If you don't mind the word "fu*k", you won't mind this book! Makes you realize how much time we worry about what others are thinking about us!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining It's an easy read and pretty entertaining.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I really liked the way the author expresses his thoughts in this book. He is not afraid of using ''bad'' words which makes it more relatable...It feels like he is talking to us and explaining his point of view across a table at a Starbucks. It makes it a very easy and fun read!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I love how this book is written in simple (as well as funny) language and is very insightful. I love how the author teaches us to stop caring so much about what others think, because it doesn't matter anyways. Also, great insight on many other thoughts as well.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!! Very well written, to the point and no nonsense! Excellent read!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Blunt Truth This book is an in your face reality check. Manson states facts that most people do not want to hear and he does it in a very blunt/relatable way. If you are looking for a book that explains how to stop caring about the little things in life, then this book is worth your time. With that being said, you have to be in the mind space to read this book in order to really digest the information. The first chapter does have a significant amount of swearing. However, after that chapter he lays off quite a bit only tossing in an odd F-bomb every now and then.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Book This is a great read - straight to the point and it is not like other self-help/motivational books, it really does offer a different perspective on knowing that while you may not necessarily have control over what happens to you in life, you do have control over how you wish to respond and react. Would recommend.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and pretty darn relevant 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. (less)
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fan Fu*king tastic Everybody needs a copy of this book, except people who work in retail they already don't give a fu*k enough for all of us
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Different Perspective This book provided me with a different perspective on how I view things. I care too much about too many things and this book has shown me that I need to care about the right things and not care too much about everything. Well written and easily relatable!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Subtle Art of...... The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is truly one of the most ground-shaping nonfiction books I’ve read so far. It will no doubt change your perspective on life. I think it helps to be in the right mind space for it when you read it but I found it personally relevant and entertaining at the same time. This would be a great book to your loved ones on holidays, birthdays..etc. #plumreviews.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Yes... It is worth a solid read, especially for people who worry about others opinion too much
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was ok not the best, but good read.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun! we have this in our office kind of as a joke because of the title. But it does serve as a good reminder to not take things too seriously
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly insightful I was a bit skeptical going into it but this book actually helped me gain some needed perspective. It started to get a bit repetitive near the end but overall it was a fun read.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful and thought provoking Insightful and thought provoking
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad not a typical book i would read, but i decided to read it just for fun. wasn't my favourite, but wasn't a bad read
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from In your face The advice in this book is in your face and vulgar in hopes of getting the point across. May lose many people ...
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good change of pace Not your typical book in terms of what one usually reads about life lessons.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helps me not give a f**k This book is very humorous by asking the right questions that get you thinking. It's an interesting read but not something to take to seriously. I'm really questioning the format of it...
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny Don't take this book seriously, it provides humor and makes light of situations
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh A little too preachy but always to be expected from a self help book
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read There are some nuggets of wisdom interspersed throughout the book, but as with life - don't take this book too seriously or you're not going to get anything substantial out of it.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy read certainly makes you question some things about how you've been living life. great humour in it and witty #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun read This was an interesting read, I didn't take it to seriously but still overall a fun read.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great I have no need for this but when i saw it in person I had to have it.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Honest and witty Found this book pretty interesting. Don't take it too seriously!
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I read this book because I am an extremely sensitive person, so the title was what made me gravitate towards it. It has really helped me see that I waste to much time giving people so much of my time that it resulted in a negative image on myself. Great read for everyone who needs a blunt opening on the truths of life. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Catchy title, lacks substance As many readers are, I was drawn to this book's title. The first chapter made me smile, but the remainder of the book quickly lost momentum. I'm not opposed to dropping an f-bomb on occasion, but the author uses it so indiscriminately that it loses its impact. The book reads more as a means of working through Manson's personal demons than as a desire to share a meaningful message. The basic premise is this: make time for the people and things that matter to you—forget about the rest. Readers would be better served sitting down with a cup of coffee and a notepad to reflect on their true priorities. You'll get equivalent or better advice from your free-spirited buddy that doesn't care what anyone thinks. And hey, maybe you can take him along to that coffee with you.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I read this book over 2 days because it was so captivating and inspiring.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring This book will give you a good laugh and make you see the funny side of things and help you stop taking things so seriously. It does have some good advice though - just done in a light-hearted way.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from just not for me I can see how some people could enjoy this book however it's just not for me. It's definitely not a self help book. It basically makes you think about how crappy everything is and just says don't worry about it.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New Perspective I enjoyed reading this book. It is always great to get a different perspective on life and hearing some raw truths. What Mark writes allows us to be aware of behaviours or thought processes that we may not have otherwise payed any attention to. My favourite part is in the final chapter and the first had experience he writes about his relationship with life in that moment. It was beautiful.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book This is a great book to read. You'd get a good laugh out of this book.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked the idea of this better than the actual book I liked the idea of this book but found it tried too hard. It was good but not great. It was funny in parts, and insightful in parts, but overall it was just OK.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it's at least entertaining I got this book as part of a care package from my boyfriend while he was off doing his school work and I was home stressing about everything. It was entertaining to read, but I found it feeling a little repetitive and not exactly enlightening. It will at the very least entertain you.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad It wasn't necessarily a bad book, but not great either. I just found it a little boring and mediocre.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny title and funny book! This book will give you a good laugh and make you see the funny side of things and help you stop taking things so seriously. It does have some good advice though - just done in a light-hearted way.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read So happy I bought this book. It is humorous and insightful with a touch of sarcasm.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great! I really enjoyed this book, however it seemed like he kept reiterating a lot of his stuff because he ran out of things to talk about half way. But it was a good book, I seemed to not give a F*** about a lot less than I use too.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it There is nothing revolutionary here, but man it's refreshing! Suck it up buttercup is my new moto!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A subtle way to stress less I have recommended this book to family and friends, as it is a simply way to gain a new perspective.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Helped me gain a new perspective on the things that I should stress about and the things that I should just let go.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Brilliant Manson provides his readers with complete and utter "real talk" in this book. It's refreshing, perfectly written and truly gets to the heart of why we need to take the "counterintuitive approach" to our lives. I have recommended this book to friends and family. It will not disappoint!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from book ruined my life. my husband left me and my children hate me
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book! This book helped me tremendously. It's a light, fun and yet powerful read (about 200 pages). Every page is impactful.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this book! Look at your life at different angle - we all need it sometimes. This book will make you do it with in humorous way.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Needed this in my life! This book was hilarious and makes you step back an bit and check yourself. I read it in 2 days. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Insightful, humorous and fun all in one book!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! The kind of humour that has you giggling and blushing but asks the right questions and offers insight to get you thinking about how to improve your life.
Date published: 2016-11-11

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.”