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

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For those of us of a certain age, this certainly resonates powerfully. And for those who, like our author, came of employment age at the moment of the Great Recession, this anecdote and the many others that come stuffed in this slim volume all give much to ponder about life and its myriad contents.
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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, 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 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.

 

About Mark Manson

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Mark Manson is a star blogger who is read by over two million people each month. He lives in Europe and South America, but spends significant time each year in the United States, most often in New York City. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his first book. Author Image 1
 
Published September 13, 2016 by HarperOne. 224 pages
Genres: Self Help. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Oct 27 2016

For those of us of a certain age, this certainly resonates powerfully. And for those who, like our author, came of employment age at the moment of the Great Recession, this anecdote and the many others that come stuffed in this slim volume all give much to ponder about life and its myriad contents.

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