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

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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#1 New York Times BestsellerOver 1 million copies soldIn 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&́#x80;”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&́#x80;”"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.
Publisher: New York :, HarperAudio,, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062562982
Characteristics: 1 online resource (5 audio files) :,digital
digital, stereo, rda
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Additional Contributors: Wayne, Roger

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Kmd129
Apr 14, 2020

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I found that it made me rethink things in my life, my personality, and relationships. I don't agree with all his points, but that's to do with my personal beliefs.

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nickarrizza
Oct 24, 2019

I thought the following reflections might help give you a fresh perspective on the following belief espoused by the author,

The Belief:
'Shit is F#*ked and we have to live with it"

So what does this belief motivate us to do?

Well for one, to accept that shit is a normal part of life,
So that means everything is the way its supposed to be,
So that means that the world is functioning properly
So that means we don't need to worry to try to change anything because everything is just fine
So that means we should feel relieved, happy that all is the way it's supposed to be, content, joyful, like we can focus on other things that give us more fulfillment, so that we can get more out of life, we can feel at peace, have peace of mind, feel safe, secure, at ease, optimistic, more loving and happy to be alive.

So in summary the belief should make us feel: relieved, happy that all is the way it's supposed to be, content, joyful, like we can focus on other things that give us more fulfillment, so that we can get more out of life, we can feel at peace, have peace of mind, feel safe, secure, at ease, optimistic, more loving and happy to be alive.

I call the statement above the summary statement.

So is that true? Hardly, because the belief actually makes you feel:
frustrated, helpless, de-energized, weak, demoralized, depressed, stuck, trapped, like life sucks and is not worth living.

So that means that the belief is actually toxic and should not be something that is enhancing your life in any way.

So, if you want to truly feel the positive stuff in the summary above here's what you can do:

1. With one hand over your heart and as if you are speaking from there first acknowledge that you see that the summary above is not true and that you want that summary statement erased from your mind, body and life for good.

2. Acknowledge that the belief is in fact toxic as stated earlier and again speaking from the heart ask that the belief itself be totally erased from your mind, body and life forever.

3. Now take a moment, go inside and notice how you feel. You may notice some or all of the following: Feeling lighter, happier, more peaceful, contented,, clear, etc... So if you like how you feel, speaking from the heart acknowledge to your self that you like these feelings and that this is where you want to be.

4. After a few minutes go back to the belief we started with and reflect on how it feels to you now. Notice especially how true or false it feels to you. You may be surprised at the change. If you like the change acknowledge it to yourself as before via the heart.

if you go through this exercise you will find your ability to discern what is true and healthy and what is not to be enhanced so that you can make more healthy and self respecting choices.

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May 20, 2019

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