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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

by Mark Manson


All of us have things that we care about. But when we really think about it, more often than not, a lot of the things we care about are the things that are holding us back. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck teaches you to let go of those things that are detrimental to your happiness and pick up new habits and ways of thinking that will promote self-development, which in turn will make you an overall happy person.

We have compiled a list of actions you can try out from the comfort of your home. Most of these actions involve you identifying the maladaptive ways you currently think and react, and then training your mind to think and react in ways that promote long-term happiness in you. This sounds like an extremely daunting process, and it certainly is difficult, but if you apply even one or two of these actions to your life, you will emerge a much happier, well-adjusted person.

About the Author

Mark Manson is a blogger, author and entrepreneur. He specializes in writing personal development advice that doesn't suck. His website is read by over 2 million people each month.

Great ideas from this book


1. Apply the backwards law to your life.

2. Choose what you want to give a f*ck about.

3. Solve your problems as they happen.

4. Being average is OK!


5. Do not cave in to entitlement.

6. Become more self-aware.

7. Differentiate between good and bad values.

8. Take responsibility for everything in your life.

9. Question yourself.

Problem-Solving Skills

10. Abandon the values that lead you to problems that can hardly be solved.

11. Sustain the pain that you have chosen.

12. Just do it, in order to gain motivation.

Interpersonal Relationships

13. Set clear and appropriate boundaries.


14. Gain freedom through commitment.

Goal Setting

15. See yourself as something bigger than yourself.