The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life

Book - 2016
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"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 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"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062457714
Branch Call Number: 158.1 MAN
Characteristics: vii, 206 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Subtle art of not giving a f*ck


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Apr 24, 2019

Old lessons, which every generation and likely many people within each need to learn again and again. However, using "fuck" in every sentence is a cheap and demeaning (to the writer and the reader) marketing ploy. It will put off or simply tire too many to get a useful message across. Read it to remind yourself of what is important in life, what you have control over and what you don't, but expect to put up with having your mental senses assaulted needlessly.

Apr 01, 2019

i pick this book on right time, when i was on need for some advice, make me laugh and give me the confidence to move on.

Mar 21, 2019

A no-frills guide to thinking about what you want your life to be like.

Jan 01, 2019

I’m 12, and this book is a great manual to life, and what to pay attention to, what to ignore and look past. Although this book is for adults, people like me, who really think a lot about life and how to spend your precious time on this beautiful earth, should read this book. This book is recommended for 10 to Adult, but if you are wondering what life is for, what to do with life, how to enjoy life, this is the #1 book you should read.

Dec 30, 2018

A quick reading, flippant look at what to prioritize in your life. This book was "preaching to the choir" for me but could be of value for those caught on treadmill. Worth reading if you can stand the vulgarity of the language as there are some incisive arguments that are more then just reaching maturity.

Nov 28, 2018

Excellent read. At first the "f's" are quite frequent (hence the title) then after the first couple chapter's the message really gets across with only a few "f's" in the book. I highly recommend this book to all those people who spread themselves thin across the board and to those who just worry about so damned much.

Nov 16, 2018

This book is basically tough love. It's not your typical feel good, self help book, rather it has a different approach on how to handle the problems in your life, the subtitle speaks for itself. I would've like this book a little more if he didn't say the word, "fuck", too much because it was getting a little redundant at one point. He had really good points and a few good stories that he shared.

Oct 16, 2018

I’d never heard of Mark Manson, or his blog, before seeing this book. I can’t recall if it came up in my Goodreads feed, or I spied it at Half-Price Books first. In any case, the library had a copy, so I picked it up. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” is not about not giving a fuck. Manson is not a nihilist, and this isn’t some kiss-off to society. A more accurate title might be “Choosing Your Fucks Wisely.” This brief (I hesitate to use the term) “self-help” book is designed to help the reader recognize what kind of fucks they’re giving, determine whether those fucks are harmful, and, if they are, how to create new fucks to care about.

In this context, “fucks” are values, and Manson’s point is that many of us have unhealthy values that only serve to make us miserable. If we can let go of those values (usually superficial ones) and replace them with healthy ones, we can begin to live rich, fulfilling lives. Only by letting go of entitlement, by adopting values that go beyond serving ourselves, ones that are simple, immediate, controllable, and tolerant of the chaotic world around us, can we truly find peace and happiness, and a life full of purpose and meaning. As Charles Bukowski once wrote, “We’re all going to die, all of us. What a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by life’s trivialities; we are eaten up by nothing.” We don’t have to live that way. We can choose a better path. Each of us has the power to change — if we want it badly enough. My copy says “Over Two Million Copies Sold” on the cover. If every reader replaced one self-serving value with an unselfish one we’d be on our way to having two million fewer assholes in the world. That sounds like a pretty good start to me.

trevordunfordswife Sep 02, 2018

Don't waste your time. What a useless book. Was on the best seller lists for years I believe but only because of the title - the book itself is an excuse to use the word f*ck then throw in some words inbetween and then say f*ck again and again and again. The audio version is impossible to listen to for longer than five minutes, seriously. Baaaaad book.

Aug 25, 2018

a self-help book for millennials

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 13, 2019

Who you are is defined by what you’re willing to struggle for.

Pain is an inextricable thread in the fabric of life, and to tear it out is not only impossible, but destructive: attempting to tear it out unravels everything else with it.

It turns out that adversity and failure are actually useful and even necessary for developing strong-minded and successful adults.

Aug 25, 2018

"A good life is not a life without problems. A good life is a life with good problems."
“In my experience, the more uncomfortable the answer, the more likely it is to be true.”

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Aug 25, 2018

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