The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
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, Mason 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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  • Joe
    Nov 4, 2016


    At first I really struggled to get in to this book. I found the author irritating and that he thought it was cool to be a loser druggie hippie.He isn't.Once you get past the first third and especially to the half way point the book becomes full of some excellent hard hitting wisdom.Rat...

  • Nigel Shenton
    Nov 3, 2016

    Nigel Shenton

    I liked the book read both books nerds guide and this one in a couple days, I also love self help books because of my TBI and it's a way to cope and carry on in reading so I liked this book besides that the Michael Jordan devoting his life to one thing then stopping and successeding in...

  • Keenan Burke-Pitts
    Nov 2, 2016

    Keenan Burke-Pitts

    Full Disclosure: I am a big fan of Mark’s work since I serendipitously stumbled upon one of his articles a few years ago. He has helped me gain perspective and has helped me shift my paradigm for the better multiple times over these last few years. For that, I am forever grateful....

  • Claudia Tsang
    Oct 26, 2016

    Claudia Tsang

    3.5/5This book both exceeded and fell below expectations. I've read a couple of Mark Manson's articles over the years and found that in the last year, many things he says both didn't reach me in the same way anymore. So when the book came out, I wasn't that into it to be honest. But th...

  • James
    Oct 22, 2016


    I'd review this book but I just don't... What's the phrase? ...

  • Kelly
    Oct 18, 2016


    As someone who gives a lot of f*cks to people and matters not deserving of a single f*ck, this was pretty relatable. I found the introduction, in particular, brilliant, and I enjoyed the philosophical references to Bukowski, Orwell, and Camus. The following quotes rang especially true:...

  • Bou
    Oct 16, 2016


    Don't let the wording in the title take you off balance: this is a very good introduction on how to stay focussed and well balanced in today's modern times. This book was a pleasant surprise.Mark Manson states that in today's world, with the internet, facebook, twitter and instagram ta...

  • Tricia
    Oct 15, 2016


    A must-read for everyone. ...

  • Tiia
    Oct 13, 2016


    This wonderful book makes me want to go door to door like a vacuum cleaner salesman and spread Manson's genius. Easily the best book I've ever read about self help. Others don't even come close. This was also easily the best ever audio book! So much biting humor. So practical and thoug...

  • Ilse
    Oct 11, 2016


    This. was. great!I haven't really read any self-help books. Not from front to back and in a serious way.Now I did know this wasn't the typical self-help book but boy was it great.There were many chapters discussing a lot of different things. I mostly knew the stuff that was discussed i...