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. In it Manson argues that life's struggles give it meaning, and that the mindless positivity of typical self-help books is neither practical nor helpful. It was a bestseller. ..

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson Book Reviews (3,124)


Great!5 star

5 stars 55


Great Read5 star

Excellent book. Really puts reality into perspective. 55

I loooovveeeee iiitttt!!!!!

Loved this book so much5 star

Gave me meaning in life and totally made me cry at how real he was. Honestly the best book to read 55

david bonita

No Stars1 star

This book is well written if he wrote it drunk and sitting at a bar ( which it may have been). I read a lot that I don’t agree with but I’ve never read a book and literally hated the author at the end. Perhaps a nice children’s book written by a self admitted drunk who spent his youth high and had to spend his 20s learning what he missed. The story where he actually watched his drunk and high best friend walk to his death and the lesson he learned was to “live for now”. How about the lesson should be to help others who are in peril. Selfish. Incredible. Icky human. 15


Disappointing1 star

I have no idea how this got a book deal. There is nothing to be taken away from the book outside of the concepts in which the author has borrowed himself. Do not waste your time. 15


Great read!5 star

My fav book of 2018! Love the raw and uncut package of his delivery of his message in this book. One of my top 5 fav books 55


It wasn’t bad, just a little boring3 star

I was very excited to read this book because of all the hype I’ve heard about it. But it was tough to finish, I was so bored! It did have some good advice about perception. I would still recommend reading for yourself! 35

Lamborghini fanatic

Simply amazing5 star

A fantastic book that will help you understand what you focus on and what you actually should care about. This book has helped me tremendously in my life and I look forward to applying the principles to every situation going forward. 55


Witty. True. Great advice.5 star

Witfully written. Comedic. True. Enlightening. Gave me permission to choose what I care about. 55


Kay1 star

I didn’t read the whole book. I stopped in the middle. The book has great key factors about life. But it’s basically telling how to think, or how his thinking is rather. It rants in about the difference between strong and week people, choices and after 1 problem here comes another one. That’s life. I don’t consider this a great self help book. 15


Excellent5 star

Loved it. 55


Great read5 star

The ideas and thoughts in this book aren't earth shattering but are things we need to hear. 55


Change my life5 star

This book helped me to feel like I wasn’t alone in my worries, depression, and anxiety. Highly recommended! 55


Phenomenal!5 star

This book is real deal. I love that it’s honest and painful! I wonder what happened to Mark’s stalker though. 🤔 55

RifRaf Bratwurst

Loved.5 star

Thank you. 55


Fantastic5 star

Had really low expectations going into this book but it really made a good impression and I now choose the “fuc**” to give... 55


Myself, I didn’t relate to this.. but it was definitely worth gifting!5 star

It’s not for the gays, next...,! 55


Nailed it!5 star

Excellent read! 55


loved it!5 star

powered through this book in less than a day (and i’m not much of a reader!). gives wonderful points on priorities and making sure you’re not wasting your time on this earth worrying about stuff that simply doesn’t matter. worth a read. 55


Loved it.5 star

This is a wonderful book. Most definitely worth a read. I learned so much reading this book & even came to some realizations about my own behavior. I loved it. Humor, sarcasm, and honesty all in one. 55

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