The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life

Book - 2016
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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, Mason 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780062641540
Characteristics: vii, 212 pages ;,22 cm.


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Cynthia_N Nov 10, 2017

The basic I took away from this book was to choose what I give a f*ck about and not worry about the rest. It sounds like common sense but it was nice to have a reminder.

Aug 24, 2017

Not quite what I thought this book was going to be. I think the main point is, make sure you're stressing about the things that are really important, not the things you think should be important. I'm no prude or saint, but I could have done with a few less f bombs.

PimaLib_NormS Jul 19, 2017

Well. What to say about “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”, by Mark Manson? He could have titled the book, “Positive Thinking Is Pretty D*mn Stupid”. This bestseller is one man’s not so subtle way of dealing with life’s lemons, mainly by embracing the negative aspects of our lives in order to learn from them. But, as so often happens, I see an aberrant issue. Why is there an asterisk in the book’s title? Everyone knows what the word is, and throughout the book the word appears intact, over and over and over again. Why not on the cover? Some would say that this word is offensive. Does the asterisk make it less offensive, even though we know what the word is? Might someone find it offensive because of its sometimes sexual connotation? But, it seems obvious that the usage in the title has no sexual meaning. This word is actually one of the more versatile words in the English language. There are very few situations in which some version of it cannot be used. Which makes the word quite handy, when you think about it. Mark Manson uses it often in his book. My guess is he wants to be thought of as someone that does not give a . . . darn about what people think. By using blunt, tough talk, he is showing his readers that he is not worried about hurting anyone’s feelings; he’s telling you things you need to know to live a better life, in his opinion. And maybe that’s what some people need.

Jul 18, 2017

The good: Funny. Good reminders about things I already knew. Good stories.

The bad: At least two examples on issues the author hadn't experienced (trauma) that he got VERY wrong. (His "traumatic" childhood event = his parents' amicable divorce. Typical suburban kid...). His definition and "struggle" with trauma are thus appallingly pathetic and have nothing to do with actual trauma (violence of any sort, or any major experience that causes symptoms similar to PTSD).

The meh: Some contradictory ideas that may be cleared up with better phrasing.

Jul 09, 2017

Catch title is the draw, lots of f-bombs and a few chuckles, but basically pretty basic stuff. Did not really give a f***

Jul 29, 2016

Or in other words, think for yourself.

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