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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (17 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062457713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062457714
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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“Resilience, happiness and freedom come from knowing what to care about--and most importantly, what not to care about. This is a masterful, philosophical and practical book that will give readers the wisdom to be able to do just that.” (Ryan Holiday, New York Times bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy)

“Mark’s ability to dig deep and offer amazing, yet counter-intuitive, insight into the challenges of life makes him one of my favorite writers, and this book is his best work yet.” (Matt Kepnes, New York Times bestselling author of Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter)

“This book hits you like a much-needed slap in the face from your best friend: hilarious, vulgar, and immensely thought-provoking. Only read if you’re willing to set aside all excuses and take an active role in living a f***ing better life.” (Steve Kamb, bestselling author of Level Up Your Life and founder of NerdFitness.com)

“The opposite of every other book. Don’t try. Give up. Be wrong. Lower your standards. Stop believing in yourself. Follow the pain. Each point is profoundly true, useful, and more powerful than the usual positivity. Succinct but surprisingly deep, I read it in one night.” (Derek Sivers, Founder of CD Baby and author of Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur)

“An in-your-face guide to living with integrity and finding happiness in sometimes-painful places… This book, full of counterintuitive suggestions that often make great sense, is a pleasure to read and worthy of rereading. A good yardstick by which self-improvement books should be measured.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger shows us that the key to being happier is to stop trying to be “positive” all the time and instead to become better at handling adversity.

For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life.
But those days are over. “Fuck positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest; sometimes things are fucked up and we have to live with it.” For the past few years, Manson—via his wildly popular blog—has been working on correcting our delusional expectations for ourselves and for the world. He now brings his hard-fought wisdom to this groundbreaking book.

Manson makes the argument—backed by both 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 better stomach lemons. Human beings are flawed and limited—as he writes, “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. This, he says, is the real source of empowerment. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties—once we stop running from and avoiding, and start confronting painful truths—we can begin to find the courage and confidence we desperately seek.

“In life, we have a limited amount of fucks to give. So you must choose your fucks wisely.” Manson brings a much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor. This manifesto is a refreshing slap in the face for all of us so that we can start to lead more contented, grounded lives.

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You know when you read a bunch of positive reviews, and look at the price, wince, research a bit more and then take the plunge, hoping to goodness you'll not regret it? That was me.

Now truth be, and the beginning of the book didn't grip me but I persevered.. and then somewhere around halfway something Mark wrote hit home. Big time.
That continued from then on in.

In fact, I was so impressed by the second half of the book that when I finished it I went straight back to the start - and yes, started all over again (that's pretty much unheard of / a mini miracle in my reading habits)
This time I *got* the first half too.

A very empowering book and I'm pleased to recommend it wholeheartedly.

Yes, yes, I've not said much about what's in it - for 2 reasons:
1. Loads of other reviewers have tackled that element
2. I suspect most will take from it / resonate with what they need. The my suspicion is almost all of us could and would benefit from reading it.
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I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and this is the best book I have read in a long time. It's not yet another self-help book. Brilliant and fun to read. A must read to anyone who wants to have a good life.
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Two things to note about this book. First, this is the only self-help book that I've finished reading. Cover to cover. Second, it brought me to tears. Reading it was like getting slapped in the face. It's made me realise things need to change. I now have a path. Thank you Mark!
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Format: Hardcover
This isn't a self-help book, but reading it might just help you see yourself with a bit more insight and truth. One thing that sticks in my mind is the "Disappointment Panda" - we could all do with a visit from him/her every once in a while. A great read, with not nearly as much swearing as the title suggests.
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Absolutely smashing. I didn't buy this on Amazon, it was bought for me at Christmas. And I'm so glad it was. The best present I've had for years (and for a book to beat the next-gen games console I bought myself recently, that's saying something). For anyone going through a crisis, turning point in their lives or weathering the 'existential s**t storm' as Manson puts it, I can recommend this wholeheartedly.

Even if your life is happy, you think your values are strong and you're enjoying this journey towards the inevitably physical decline into the eternity, read this book anyway. In fact, if Mark hadn't already stated that money doesn't make you happy, I'd be suggesting that you all buy it - to make him and his family wealthy beyond comprehension.

Instead of that, I'm recommending that you buy it for the simple fact that it will benefit you - yes YOU, reading this - endlessly. Buy this book. Don't hesitate. The swearing is entirely justified and not at all verbose (plus, Disappointment Panda deems it necessary). The advice is counter-intuitive and extremely brilliant, and backed up by case-studies and research.

I'm not an advocate for Mark Manson. I'm not being suborned into writing this. I genuinely believe in it, and it's given my life a new level of clarity akin to the spiritual state people seek. Ok, that's not true. I haven't reached Nirvana. But I'm happier because of this book. And after all; isn't seeking happiness the entire reason you're reading this review and considering buying this book?

If you only read one book this year, read this one. Read it 365 days of the year and it will change your perspective, change your life, and make you happier in everything you do. Providing that you absorb and apply the lessons held within these expertly crafted pages.

Mark isn't going to fix all of your problems. But he is going to tell you how you can fix them.
The rest is up to you.
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I really enjoyed this book.

I think overall it encompasses a lot of things that I have personally encountered throughout my medical work, life and in my studies of psychological theory.

It takes a huge amount of psychological/sociological theory, research and experience and presents it all in an easy to read manner with easy to follow examples.

It felt like there was no effort in reading this which is actually a testament to the author's skill - it is no easy task to present such information in such an easily digestible form.

Easily one of the best books I have read in quite some time and unlike many books I read I can actually put some of these things into practice.
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Format: Hardcover
Starts out strong with a couple of good opening chapters, some of the early anecdotes and suggestions are thought-provoking and contain good advice. After that it weakens into an ego-centric bordering-on lazy middle section which feels rushed, like the author needed to hit a deadline. The last couple of chapters are very poor, possibly dangerous, advocating near-suicidal risk as a driver for life change. I wouldn't give this book to anyone with genuine mental health concerns. The title is the best thing about this book.
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Format: Paperback
I'm really not one for reading self-help books as I find them hugely patronising and most often, annoying.

Not this book, though, this was a wholly different approach from everything I'd read to before. For one, it is absolutely hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud whilst listening to it walking to and from work. (I bought it as an audiobook from Audible). From the offset the humour and no nonsense approach to the book had me hooked.

I've always been one to worry about everything which would have my stress levels sky high. I'm a graphic designer and when I'm stressed, it is hugely difficult to be creative. From listening to the book it was clear that I was giving far to much of myself to the world. I was literally giving a f*** about everything and that was unsustainable. Mark's book has shown me that by not giving a f*** about a lot of things I can actually have a more positive life. Not giving a f*** sounds like such a negative thing to do, but there are definitely places where this should be what you do.

This book isn't about not caring anymore, far from it. It is about giving a f*** more to the things that really deserve it and matter to you, and not giving a f*** to the things that don't.

If you want to read / listen to a book that treats the whole self-help genre in a different way and to have a good laugh while doing it. This is the book to get.
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