The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck


About the book

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 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, which 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 the 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 humour, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.


I have mixed feelings about this book. First, it was not the usual self-help book. The title caught my attention as it was listed as one of the most popular books in 2017, in addition, any title with a curse word would definitely get my attention.

The book got me rethinking of all the times I have been overthinking on irrelevant issues that I should not be spending my energies on. Most of the times we care too much about things that have a very little impact on our lives.

The rest of the book was just like any other self-help book. I felt the writer bring up what has already been said by other self-help authors, the main message being- stay positive. This advice is not new to me. What made it different is how it was presented. The title too did not meet my expectations, I am not sure what I was expecting. It was just like any other self-help book only this time a different title to get a reader’s attention.

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