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

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HarperCollins, Sep 13, 2016 - Self-Help - 224 pages
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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, 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 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.

 

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Contents

Dont
Happiness Is a Problem
You Are Not Special
The Value of Suffering
You Are Always Choosing
Youre Wrong About Everything But So Am
Failure Is the Way Forward
The Importance of Saying
And Then You
Acknowledgments
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MARK MANSON is the New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (with over 3 million in sales in the US alone) and a star blogger. Manson sold more than 50,000 copies of his self-published book, Models: Attract Women Through Honesty. Before long, his off-the-cuff voice was resonating with a much broader audience via his brilliantly counterintuitive essays on happiness. With titles like “The Most Important Question of Your Life,” “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck,” and “No, You Can’t Have It All” his work was being reposted by the likes of Elizabeth Gilbert and Loveline, and his site—markmanson.net—is read by over 2 million unique visitors per month. He has over 426K Facebook followers, and 91.8K followers on Twitter (@IAmMarkManson). Manson lives in New York City.

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