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

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Artist Mark Manson

  • Release Date: 2016-09-13
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 1,056 Ratings


#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.


  • Excellent

    By Stephachelle
    Loved it.
  • Great read

    By Los_Rebels
    The ideas and thoughts in this book aren't earth shattering but are things we need to hear.
  • Change my life

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

    By GL0688
    This book is real deal. I love that it’s honest and painful! I wonder what happened to Mark’s stalker though. 🤔
  • Loved.

    By RifRaf Bratwurst
    Thank you.
  • 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 Cece2U
    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.