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

Paperback | September 13, 2016

byMark Manson

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New York Times Bestseller

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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New York Times BestsellerIn 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 Mans...

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New York Times BestsellerIn this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger shows us that the key to being happier is to stop trying to be “positive” all the time and instead to become better at handling adversity.For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. But those days are over....

Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:September 13, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062641549

ISBN - 13:9780062641540

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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

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“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.”