Best-selling author Mark Manson brings his irreverent, hard-hitting style right to your ear holes with life advice that doesn't suck.
Featuring a mix of guest appearances, burning reader questions, and solo shows with just Mark and a microphone, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Podcast explores all the uncomfortable questions that, if you're brave enough to ask yourself, might just change your life.
Whether it's your relationship, career, health, wealth, or happiness, Mark tackles it all with refreshing honesty and a dash of foul-mouthed humor.
What Everyone Gets Wrong About Mental Health (ft. Lori Gottlieb)
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Could it be that today’s increased awareness about emotions, and our obsession with mental health issues, are actually causing more mental health issues? More people are doing therapy, but are those people potentially doing it wrong?
Therapist, counselor, and author Lori Gottlieb says that a lot of our culture’s approach to mental health is wrong.
In today’s podcast, we discuss what it takes to do therapy effectively. We discuss the prevalence of mental health content online and why that may be a bad thing. We talk about how people’s misunderstandings of vulnerability and boundaries can backfire. And we get into the effect social media might be having on this.
3 Questions That Determine 99% of Your Happiness
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We all overestimate how much you have to do to actually be happy.
But what if I told you that achieving happiness is much simpler than you think? That’s right, the smallest lifestyle changes can have the most unexpected knock-on effects towards positive change. It’s actually quite incredible once you experience it.
In today’s episode of the pod, we delve into the 3 of the most important questions that you can ask yourself in determining your own levels of happiness. These are questions worth asking.
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The Self-Improvement Paradox: When Trying to Get Better Feels Worse
What do you do when trying to improve your life makes you feel worse? What if trying to be better comes across as ‘try-hard’? What if setting more goals is just your way of avoiding your own b******t?
This is the topic of discussion in today’s episode, “The Self-Improvement Paradox”—or in other words, why sometimes trying to be better makes you feel worse. It turns out improving yourself is nuanced and complicated.
Who would have thought?
Check it out.
Sex, Drugs, and Money Might Actually Make You Happier (ft. Sonja Lyubomirsky)
Imagine if you could sit down with one of the world’s leading happiness researchers and ask her, one by one, what actually makes people happier and what doesn’t?
Well, that’s basically what I did.
In this episode, Sonja and I get deep into the subject of happiness. One by one, we conclude which of life’s simple and not-so-simple pleasures are underrated or overrated. Some of the answers will definitely surprise you.
Do yourself a favor—watch, like, and share the happiness.
5 Life-Changing Lessons From Visiting 75 Countries
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If you’ve ever been stuck working some BS desk job thinking there’s got to be more to life, then you were right. There’s travel.
High-quality, intentional travel is one of the most transformational experiences a person can have. Without a doubt, my 10 years living abroad made me more confident, more self-assured, and ultimately more educated about the world and the people in it.
It also informed a lot of the philosophy that I've written about over the past 10 years—the counterintuitive approach that so many people have come to love.
This episode dives into the key takeaways I got from my years of traveling. I can’t be sure, but I think they might inspire you as much as they have me. Enjoy.
Why Everyone's Social Skills Are Getting Worse (ft. David Brooks)
People are becoming increasingly lonely and are unable to relate to one another. Yet we have more access to more people than ever before. What's going on?
Is it technology? Is social media replacing our sense of community with the empty calories of the sweet, sweet For You feed? Or maybe it’s the deterioration of the nuclear family — fewer kids are being born and being raised by fewer parents. Or is it the lack of religion in public life? Or the geographic exodus from small towns and communities towards big anonymous cities? Or the economic inequality and complete loss of work/life balance?
These are questions that I, and renowned journalist and author David Brooks, unpack together as we nose dive into the social and emotional disconnect of millions of people.
Need lessons on how to talk to the barista making your coffee? Looking to build a better relationship with Gary from across the fence? This episode won’t make you a master of communication overnight, but it’s a fascinating conversation packed with useful insight from beginning to end.
Listen to it.
2:46 Why we’re in a social crisis
5:55 The harsh judgment of social media
8:06 The growth of distrust
10:57 The decline of the traditional family
15:14 On communitarian cultures
16:24 Making America more “relationalist”
18:19 The Scandinavian and Israeli success
20:33 Is this success replicable in a diverse society?
23:32 The vice of today’s generation
29:19 David’s take on politics
32:11 Mark on the evolution of self-help
33:57 The recession of religion
38:33 Friction is the point
39:46 The “second mountain”
46:42 What we’re really motivated by
49:55 Can we go straight to the “second mountain”?
David Brooks is a journalist and bestselling author of seven books, including his newest, “How to Know a Person.” David has had a popular column at the *New York Times* for over 20 years and teaches courses on philosophy at Yale.
David Brooks on Twitter @nytdavidbrooks: https://twitter.com/nytdavidbrooks
David Brooks’ column: https://www.nytimes.com/column/david-brooks
David's new book “How to Know a Person:” https://www.amazon.com/How-Know-Person-Seeing-Others/dp/059323006X
I like how Mark and his team has put in a lot of work into the episodes to get to the core of the message. Other shows seem to ramble on for hours leaving you questioning, what did I actually learn?
Keep up the good work guys.
Definitely give this show a try!
I recently discovered this podcast, and I’m already a fan! I’m working towards a big change this year, and this show has given me new perspectives on how to think about and approach what I want to achieve. Definitely worth a try if you’re interested in ideas and approaches that you won’t find elsewhere.
Entertaining and educational
I've been a huge fan of Mark's work for ages. I love how he keeps pumping out his special brand of motivation through different mediums. It keeps things fresh for me as a fan, and I'm sure it keeps him inspired to keep creating awesome content. The production is solid, and the guests are top-notch. Keep doing your thing, Mark! We're loving it!