The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

By Mark Manson

  • Release Date: 2016-09-13
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 893 Ratings
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#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.


  • Fantastic

    By JayPas15
    Had really low expectations going into this book but it really made a good impression and I now choose the “fuc**” to give...
  • Myself, I didn’t relate to this.. but it was definitely worth gifting!

    By dimitri.jimmy
    It’s not for the gays, next...,!
  • Nailed it!

    By Cici2U
    Excellent read!
  • loved it!

    By sammyslammajamma924
    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.
  • Loved it.

    By I❤️yodha
    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.
  • excellent book

    By Lcox_
    if you’re a little lost, you should read. The book gives good perspective overall
  • Gems

    By Asher1017
    Just gems that is all
  • Finally...something that helped me make an important decision...

    By Jonpps
    Thank you Mark for ridding myself of another Mark. While reading your book, I finally pulled the trigger and deactivated Facebook. I no longer give a f*ck about other people’s lives - what they eat, where they visit, how much they love their significant other, how cute their pet is, how you wish someone you barely know a Happy Birthday, that your kid is a dwarf, that you just got new wood floors, that you just picked up your new car and that you need a recommendation for a travel agent. Go find your own travel agent the old fashion way. No one gives a f*ck you’re going on vacation. No one. Anyway, great book. I can’t wait to read it again.
  • Game changer.

    By berginia_garske
    I just finished and I want to read it again to make sure I learn all the concepts Mark explains. Like he says - they may seem backwards - but in them you find freedom and fearlessness. I’m ready for that!
  • I can relax now...

    By BlakkFreezi
    A simple jewel