The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life. Okay, so the title itself is pretty enticing. But, I’ll admit, I judged the book pretty harshly at first just by the title. I expected the contents to be hard and calloused, discussing the importance of not caring about anything that isn’t self-serving. I was pleasantly surprised to see it is quite the opposite! This book focuses on resetting your mind to care about the right things and less about the wrong things. It also discusses how to balance your life to be a great friend, employee, partner, etc. but also to be kind and fair to yourself.
Although I would highly recommend this book to anyone, I want to give you a heads-up that this it is full of hard-to-swallow-pills of truth. Mark Manson, the author, doesn’t sugar coat any of his points. And, many of his examples really do hit home. He teaches great lessons in this book; however, you do have to be in the right mindset to be accepting of the information.
Some of my favorite sections of the book were “Shitty Values”, “You’re Wrong About Everything”, and “The Importance of Saying No”. As a side note, I truly do love and admire how he titled each section!
In the section “Shitty Values”, he discusses toxic values people sometimes adopt unintentionally. Some of these bad values include “material success” and “always being right”. He also points out how these values can get in the way of good values such as humility and self-respect. “You’re Wrong About Everything” points out the danger of always being so certain and striving to always be right. The title “The Importance of Saying No” really says it all! Here, he explains the “yes” culture in America where everyone feels pressured to be an agreeable “yes” person. And, as a result, people often expect others to be “yes” people and become judgmental when they are told “no”. He discusses how saying “no” when necessary and setting boundaries is healthy and freeing for all involved.
Manson does a great job at explaining as well as providing real-life examples for each point he makes while also maintaining a sarcastic and sassy tone. This makes the book both extremely relatable and enjoyable to read. I know this will make many book-lovers cringe, but I found myself dog-earing pages to reread later, jotting down notes right in the book, and even leaving sticky notes between pages with additional notes.
With much of this book being humorous and sarcastic, I can see it being a fun and beneficial gift for friends or family! If you are interested in giving the book a try, you may click here for Amazon paperback, hard cover, or kindle copies.
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