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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*Ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life [9780062457714]

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In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger shows us that the key to being happier is to stop trying to be 'positive' all the time and instead to become better at handling adversity.

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. But those days are over. 'F*ck positivity,' Mark Manson says. 'Let's be honest; sometimes things are f*cked up and we have to live with it.' For the past few years Manson--via his wildly popular blog--has been working on correcting our delusional expectations for ourselves and for the world. He now brings his hard-fought wisdom to this groundbreaking book.

Manson makes the argument--backed by both 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 better stomach lemons. Human beings are flawed and limited--as he writes, '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. This, he says, is the real source of empowerment. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties--once we stop running from and avoiding, and start confronting painful truths--we can begin to find the courage and confidence we desperately seek.

'In life, we have a limited amount of f*cks to give. So you must choose your f*cks wisely.' Manson brings a much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor. This manifesto is a refreshing slap in the face for all of us so that we can start to lead more contented, grounded lives.

'Resilience, happiness, and freedom come from knowing what to care about--and, most importantly, what not to care about. This is a masterful, philosophical, and practical book that will give readers the wisdom to be able to do just that.' - Ryan Holiday, New York Times bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy

'The opposite of every other book. Don't try. Give up. Be wrong. Lower your standards. Stop believing in yourself. Follow the pain. And oh yeah, kill yourself. Each point is profoundly true, useful, and more powerful than the usual positivity. Succinct but surprisingly deep; I read it in one night, and now need to read it again.' - Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby and author of Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

'Mark's ability to dig deep and offer amazing, yet counterintuitive, insight into the challenges of life makes him one of my favourite writers, and this book is his best work yet.' - Matt Kepnes, New York Times bestselling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter

'This book hits you like a much-needed slap in the face from your best friend: hilarious, vulgar, and immensely thought-provoking. Only read if you're willing to set aside all excuses and take an active role in living a f*cking better life.' - Steve Kamb, bestselling author of Level Up Your Life and founder of

AUTHOR: Mark Manson is a star blogger with more than two million readers. He lives in New York City.

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  • 5
    A different and refreshing angle

    Posted by Jay on 1st Jun 2020

    A different and refreshing angle to stress and thinking clearly

  • 5
    A fresh approach to stress

    Posted by Daniel on 25th Oct 2019

    This is a really interesting book and offers a really interesting alternative to all the self-help books trying to fix people.

  • 5
    Thought-provoking - yes!

    Posted by TheBear on 28th Dec 2017

    A super-blogger gives you a dose of common sense, based upon his own mistakes in life, how he come to terms with them and a little bit of positive psychology research.
    Whether this book improves your life or just gives you something to think about - I'm still thinking about it. Will have to re-read it, before I come up with a better conclusion than that.

    It was definitely a thought provoking book and was well worth the price I paid. I wouldn't have paid RRP £16.99 though.

    Happy to give it a 5* rating as it kept me entertained/interested over 2 days.

  • 5
    More than just a 'sweary title' book

    Posted by Book Muncher on 20th Apr 2017

    I was intrigued by the title but in the back of my mind knew this would be more than just a manifesto for narcissism. The key point to this book (which is autobiographical) is to only 'give your f*cks' to things that really matter. Work out what you really value in life and don't get bogged down in the stuff that just doesn't matter in the long run. A well-written book by an affable sort of chap.

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