Book Review The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k by Mark Manson
This book will offend some people. And frankly I thought the title was more about marketing than about the content of the book. And seriously in the first few introductory chapters of this book Manson finds every possibility, and I mean EVERY, to use the F word. He is rather obsessed with the word. And although I get that he is trying to make a point about living a life of not giving a F*** to obtain happiness, but frankly too many F*** made me really give a F*** about getting to the point already!
All that said I stuck with the book, and his tone and vocabulary settled down a bit. Manson, a very successful blogger, writes the book in an effort to help people realize his view that positive thinking is not the goal to true happiness – not giving a F*** is the key. His argument in a nutshell is improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach the lemons better.
A message I agree with and live by and believe makes me a much happier person than some people I know.
Since the book is a self-help book I’ll share a couple of passages I particularly enjoyed. Manson says;
“…pain and loss are inevitable and we should let go of trying to resist them.”
” It’s strange that in an age when we are more connected than ever, entitlement seems to be at an all time high…The more freedom we’re given to express ourselves, the more we want to be free of having to deal with anyone who may disagree with us.”
“Even Oprah says each and everyone of us can be extraordinary. The fact that this statement is inherently contradictory – after all, if everyone were extraordinary, then by definition no one would be extraordinary.”
“We don’t always control what happens to us. But we always control how we interpret what happens to us, as well as how we respond.”
“If it feels like it’s you versus the world, chances are its really just you versus yourself.”
“Without conflict, there can be no trust. Conflict exists to show us who is there for us unconditionally and who is just there for the benefits.”
So there you have it, some of my favorite passages from the book. And as you can see not an F word in sight.
I enjoyed the message, the positive outlook that is very similar to mine. Being happy is a choice. So stop the pity-party. Just make the right choice. Go. Be. Happy.
Three stars for The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** by Mark Manson
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