By Mark Hanson
#5280 In this generation-defining self-help guide, superstar blogger Mark Hanson 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. Instead of “positivity,” Mark Manson says, “Let’s be honest” 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 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, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to endure 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 really care about so we need to figure out which ones matter the most, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience.
This book is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.
224 pages. Hardcover. 2016. $24.99. SPECIALS: 10 copies for $224.95; 100 copies for $2,079.00.