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The subtle art of not giving a fuck : a counterintuitive approach to living a good life
2016
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Genre
NonFiction
Health, Mind and Body
Topics
Happiness
Motivation
Success
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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Summary
<p>#1 New York Times Bestseller</p> <p>Over 6 million copies sold</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>
Table of Contents
Chapter 1Don't Tryp. 1
The Feedback Loop from Hellp. 5
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuckp. 14
So Mark, What the Fuck Is the Point of This Book Anyway?p. 20
Chapter 2Happiness Is a Problemp. 23
The Misadventures of Disappointment Pandap. 26
Happiness Comes from Solving Problemsp. 30
Emotions Are Overratedp. 33
Choose Your Strugglep. 36
Chapter 3You Are Not Specialp. 41
Things Fall Apartp. 47
The Tyranny of Exceptionalismp. 57
B-b-b-but, If I'm Not Going to Be Special or Extraordinary, What's the Point?p. 60
Chapter 4The Value of Sufferingp. 63
The Self-Awareness Onionp. 70
Rock Star Problemsp. 76
Shitty Valuesp. 81
Denning Good and Bad Valuesp. 86
Chapter 5You Are Always Choosingp. 90
The Choicep. 91
The Responsibility/Fault Fallacyp. 95
Responding to Tragedyp. 102
Genetics and the Hand We're Dealtp. 105
Victimhood Chicp. 110
There Is No "How"p. 112
Chapter 6You're Wrong About Everything (But So Am I)p. 115
Architects of Our Own Beliefsp. 120
Be Careful What You Believep. 123
The Dangers of Pure Certaintyp. 129
Manson's Law of Avoidancep. 136
Kill Yourselfp. 139
How to Be a Little Less Certain of Yourselfp. 141
Chapter 7Failure Is the Way Forwardp. 147
The Failure/Success Paradoxp. 149
Pain Is Part of the Processp. 153
The "Do Something" Principlep. 158
Chapter 8The Importance of Saying Nop. 164
Rejection Makes Your Life Betterp. 170
Boundariesp. 172
How to Build Trustp. 181
Freedom Through Commitmentp. 186
Chapter 9...And Then You Diep. 190
Something Beyond Our Selvesp. 195
The Sunny Side of Deathp. 200
Acknowledgmentsp. 211
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