Book club: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a...

Book club: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k


By now, you’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo and the KonMari method of decluttering and tidying your home to enhance and improve your life. And while we adore Marie’s book, ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up‘, we were tickled pink when we caught sight of this book in our local bookshop: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k’ by Sarah Knight.

Inspired by Marie’s book and method, Sarah Knight has crafted a guide that walks you through ‘the surprising art of caring less and getting more’ as you ‘rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt – and give your f**ks instead to people and things that make you happy’. 

It’s a self-help book with serious ovaries (let’s give the guys – and their balls – a break), but what we really love about it is that it is refreshingly practical and relevant, especially for sensitive souls, empaths and anyone that finds themselves worrying about what others think about them.

Here are a few notable quotations from the book:

“Little by little over the next several years, I stopped giving a f**k about small things that annoyed me. I RSVP’d ‘no’ to a couple of after-work mixers. I unfriended see truly irritating people on Facebook. I refused to suffer through another ‘reading’ of your ‘play’. And little by little, I started feeling better. Less burdened. More peaceful.”

“Ask yourself the following question: Am I stressed out, overbooked, and/or underwhelmed by life? If the answer is yes to any of these, then pause for a moment to ask yourself: Why? I’m willing to bet the answer is: Because you give too many f**ks. Or, more specifically, because you think you have to give those f**ks.”

“Not giving a f**k means taking care of yourself first – like affixing your own oxygen mask before helping others. Not giving a f**k means allowing yourself to say no. I don’t want to. I don’t have time. I can’t afford it. Not giving a f**k – crucially – means releasing yourself from the worry, anxiety, fear and guilt associated with saying no, allowing you to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to do.”

Refreshing, or what? And far from a guidebook to embracing apathy, this book is all about taking control of your life, being true to what lights you up and feeling empowered to do, and say, and think,  exactly what you want to do, and say, and think.

Yes, it’s riddled with F bombs. So if swear words upset you – and you can’t switch off that dislike for a while – then you may not enjoy this book.

But if you’re willing to wade outside of your comfort zone and examine your life in a new, novel expletive-drenched way, then this book is for you.

We’d love for you to give it a read and let us know what you think!

Please note this is not a sponsored or promoted post. 

Editorial Team

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