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

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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 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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Harold Martinez Alies
December 24, 2017
I got this book one day I was browsing trough the motivation/self-esteem section in my local library. When I first saw the name I was perplexed and shocked but at the same time really curious and interested. Honestly, I'd read this book over ANY other self help book because it's just plain straightforward and freaking hilarious!
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leah bowery
February 8, 2017
I learned extremely valuable things by reading this book. It has improved my outlook and has given me a lot to think about re: the quality of life. I have new insight on the absurd expectations of human beings, including myself. When I read a book like this one I like to highlight the important things for a quick re-read when needed. I soon realized that I was going to end up highlighting pretty much the entire book word by word. That says to me that this book is very much worthy of reading again and again.
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Shawn O'Meara
June 9, 2017
Loved the blunt and honest tone. What self help should be in my opinion. An author who respects his readers enough to shoot them straight. Only knocks are that the tone wore on me after a while, it began to feel didactic and some of the ideas can begin to run together and seem a bit contradictory as the book goes on. However on the whole, fantastic book, generated lots of good reflections, well worth the 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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