The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 1 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, s**t 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.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson Summary

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life is the second book by blogger and author Mark Manson. It was published under the imprint of HarperOne, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, and was released on September 13, 2016.As of February 2018, over 2 million copies of the book had been sold...

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Don’t get the hype2 star

A minor waste of time. There are so many better self help books. “The four agreements” “you can heal your life”. 25


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck4 star

Great book. This book gave me a different perspective on life. I feel that many people judge the title, but the title is just trying to say what and what not to let effect you in life. Truly an inspiring page turner. If you are an unhappy or lost person in life, I encourage you to read this book. Thank you Mark Mason for showing me what is important and what truly matters in life. 45

Glitter is gold

What a great read5 star

Talk about a sudden realization of things in life we can change to make the load easier! I just finished the book and am going to read it over again. I feel as though any and everyone can relate somehow to this book. 55


Good book4 star

Very informative 45


Transformative5 star

This book has been one of the most transformative books I’ve ever read. I am at a place right now where I absolutely needed this book. I don’t just have a changed mind, I have an upgraded perspective on everything from relationships to my outlook on my personal life values. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review. Take your time and read this one. I think I’ll put this right next to The Autobiography of Malcolm X and The Purpose Driven Life on my bookshelf 📚 55


Great stuff5 star

Very motivating! I came across this author listening to the Knowledge for Men podcasts. Marks writing style and focused content really gave me some great direction. I quickly found my thoughts refocusing with some of the content and direction provided in this book. His blog has also been a source of inspiration for me as I read this book. Great stuff folks, don’t hesitate to give this one a read! 55


Garbage1 star

Author is a self serving ego driven douche 15


F-AMAZING!!!!!!!!5 star

Definitely recommend this book to everyone! Absolutely loved it! 55


Swinging out the gate4 star

This book delivers right from the start. Tells you the reality with no filter. Not your normal everyday self help book. A must read and possibly my last self help book for a long time. Not sure how anyone can top this. 45

from fordham road

Just turned 70.5 star

A real eye-opener. Loved the book and even more loved your honesty and outlook on so many basic things we take for granted or never even think about at all. THANKS!! 55


I recommend this read to everyone of all ages!5 star

Probably the most honest and helpful self improvement books I've ever read. 55

dave moffatt

Solid5 star

Excellent book. You will gain a perspective that will stick with you.. 55


Best book... Ever.5 star

Single handedly the best book I have ever read. Thank you Mark Manson. 55

Joa love

Worth Reading5 star

Not quite done! I am in Chaper 6. But let me just say I have cried already 3 times! Truth is Mark and I think very much alike! If I can disagree with one thing it is in where he writes about "taking responsiblity” not all of us have full neurological abilties to do so. (he did said depending on circumstances but its still a touchy subject on my behalf) Its hard for one to do so when he/she can’t because of a disorder. On a brighter note because I am enjoying the book and feel it has so many important advice we can live off of, this is a must read readers!! 55


Excellent. Best pieces towards the end.5 star

This book is excellent. By the end of the book it all really comes together and you understand what the hell he is talking about. The big takeaway for me is that you need to be honest with yourself and with others. You / others may not always like to hear that, but you will find people who will reciprocate the honesty back over time. This will create healthy friendships, relationships and an all around lifestyle. Do not get hung up on people’s viewpoint of you, as much as you would like to fix that, there are only limited things you can do. You need to focus on yourself and progress yourself and good people will end up in your life. 55

Fluids suave

Great5 star

Very motivational..I'm not a big fan of books of this sort but this here opened my mind to another perception on life🙌🏾 55


Great read5 star

Very eye opening, all of his stories are explained very well with great emotional feel, makes the book very relatable. 55


Life-changing5 star

Should be on everyone's must read list. This book is a game changer if you allow it to be. 55


Must read5 star

Brilliantly written and truly shed a lot of light on subjects I've been dealing with lately. This author is magnificent with words and I can honestly say that this book has helped me a great deal. Loved how it felt as if I were speaking to a friend. 55


An amazing book! ❤️5 star

This has probably been one of the most enlightening books i've read to date, it has actually in a way been more or less of a guide to me, I'm still a teenager wading through the early stages in my life but I feel though as if this has given me more of a clarity as to what is and isn't important to me and what my values are. This is a good book for if you're struggling with personal issues and if you need a grounding to give you a different perspective to look at events that may be happening or have happened in your life. 55

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