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

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

By Mark Manson

  • Release Date: 2016-09-13
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 11,114 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 10 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.


  • A must read.

    By Sofy🍫
    I loved the new perspective on life that this book provides. A very refreshing use of humor and fun examples I portray serious issues eu5un society and ourselves.
  • Great book

    By Tyler_pqqp
    Amazing and uplifting
  • Enlightening

    By MeatWadThaGod
    I finished reading this book today… I’ll probably go to bed reading it tonight. It’s raw, it’s candid, and it’s worth the money.
  • Great read- once you get past the “f-bombs”

    By Bobochimpcracray
    Being one of Christian faith, I was not sure I wanted to read this one. I am glad I did. It was a great book with wisdom and historical relevance to his point. I am grateful I didn’t allow all of the “f bombs” to influence my decision. A must read!
  • WOW

    By MalyMal22
    This book was 10x better than I expected it to be. I knew it was going to be a good read based on the title, But I wasn’t expecting it to be THIS GOOD.
  • Eye opening at the very least

    By Kani-Andy
    I recently fell into pretty bad anxiety attacks about how I’m not doing enough or how I don’t have friends and all that, and after reading this book it really helped me put my life and future into a more stable perspective. I don’t want to spoil just in case anyone does want to read it (fantastic btw) but it’s definitely an eye opening experience and at the very least made me question some things about the myself
  • Not a self help book

    By amarijasz
    The book opened my eyes to how I live my life daily and to decide what is important to me and worthwhile to pour energy into on my short flight around the globe .
  • A great book about values

    By Jaysmash23
    This book is very great in teaching what is truly important in life and what not to give a f about. This book really go into detail on all the key values and give amazing examples too. Definitely recommend if you feel like you struggle with finding something worth giving a f about or you think you care about too many things!!
  • G J

    By isyL678
    Well done Mark , Well done
  • Read when it calls to u

    By wonderingreader622
    I have known about this book for years, always wanted to read it, never quite got around to buying it.. for whatever reasons now that I’ve read it i can say I am not disappointed Great read.. perfect timing