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

· HarperAudio · Narrated by Roger Wayne
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 10 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 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.

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Ben Blackburn
July 23, 2021
not revelation but good practical principles. a lot of what the author covers are all things I had already believed so this only stood as confirmation for long standing beliefs. everyone should at least get through the first half where the author discusses value metrics, emotions being good for problem situation indications but otherwise useless and determining what we will place our value in.
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Rosien Colin
April 21, 2019
love the book. and love the narrator! great voice. totally agree with everything in here... he's saying what I thought but in much better words. and funnier. I get nauseous from all the over-the-top positivity/motivational coaches faking happiness. we need pain. we're so good at making things much worse trying to "improve" so yay for this book. it gives insights in the nuance difference between caring and truly improving by becoming an actual good person versus ego driven shizzles
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Michael Stanton
January 26, 2018
I liked the book, though it had some issues. It talked about not being extraordinary and accepting mediocre, yet only examples really given were cream of the crop examples. Like Buddah, or Megadeth and Metallica, etc. Now I understand what he was trying to say, so it didn't ruin the experience. But, it did pull me out with a "wait a second" and unfortunately it did this several times. Still it was a good read.
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About the author

Mark Manson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (more than ten million copies sold worldwide) and a star blogger. Manson sold more than 250,000 copies of his self-published book, Models: Attract Women Through Honesty. Before long, his off-the-cuff voice was resonating with a much broader audience via his brilliantly counterintuitive essays on happiness. With titles like “The Most Important Question of Your Life,” “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,” and “No, You Can’t Have It All,” his work was reposted by Elizabeth Gilbert, Chris Hemsworth, Will Smith, and Chelsea Handler. His site——is read by two million people each month. Manson lives in New York City.

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