Mark Manson

Life Advice That Doesn't Suck

The Archive

Welcome to the archive. Here you'll find thousands of pages of life advice on personal values, emotional intelligence, relationships, finding purpose, and much more. You can browse the archive based on the category below. Also, everything published on the site is listed in reverse chronological order. Enjoy.

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November 8Nov 8The Limits of Belief
November 5Nov 53 Life Lessons I Learned From Will Smith
October 4Oct 4You Are What You Consume
September 6Sep 6What Is Wisdom?
August 9Aug 9The Benefits of Time
June 7Jun 7Social Media Isn’t the Problem… We Are
May 17May 17 Ask Mark Anything #15 (Members Only)
April 12Apr 12Behind the Scenes: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Documentary (Members Only)
March 15Mar 15The Virtue of Delayed Gratification
February 15Feb 154 Ways My Views Have Changed (Members Only)
February 15Feb 15Why I Am Not a Stoic
January 11Jan 11The Surprising Science of Goal Setting (And Why You’re Probably Doing It Wrong)
January 10Jan 10 Ask Mark Anything #14 (Members Only)
December 28Dec 28My Favorite Books of 2020 (Members Only)
December 28Dec 281,273 People Share Their Best Life Lessons from 2020
December 18Dec 18The Fear of the Unknown
December 4Dec 4The Dunning-Kruger Effect: The Paradox of Our Own Ignorance
November 23Nov 23The “Once in a Lifetime” Paradox (Members Only)
November 23Nov 235 Boring Ways to Become More Creative
November 16Nov 16How to Get Better
November 12Nov 12How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs
November 9Nov 9Every Reaction Is an Over-Reaction (Members Only)
November 9Nov 95 Common Beliefs That Can Subtly Screw You Over
October 26Oct 26It’s a Slow-Moving Car Wreck and We’re All In It
October 19Oct 19The Law of Unintended Consequences
October 12Oct 12The Best Way to Resolve Your Shame
October 11Oct 11 Ask Mark Anything #13 (Members Only)
October 8Oct 8How to Overcome Loneliness
September 28Sep 288 Logical Fallacies That Mess Us All Up
September 21Sep 21The Cognitive Biases that Make Us All Terrible People
September 7Sep 7Why We All Need Philosophy
August 3Aug 3The Best and the Worst of Someone (Members Only)
August 3Aug 35 Steps to Becoming Insanely, Spectacularly, Wildly Successful… or Whatever
July 15Jul 15Understanding Your Emotions
June 29Jun 293 Reasons Why You Make Terrible Decisions (And How to Stop)
June 28Jun 28 Ask Mark Anything #12 (Members Only)
June 1Jun 1How to Make Sense of the Chaos and Uncertainty
May 25May 25The Dangers of Distrust (Members Only)
May 25May 255 Ways to Build Resilience and Conquer Adversity
April 27Apr 27Nobody Knows What Is Going On
April 5Apr 5Surviving the Looming Mental Health Crisis
March 26Mar 26 Ask Mark Anything #11 (Members Only)
March 16Mar 166 Books That Will Help You Grow From Your Pain
March 10Mar 10Coronavirus: The Real Risks and Human Biases Behind the Panic
February 24Feb 24How to Forgive But Not Forget
February 3Feb 3The Great “Meaning” Trend (Members Only)
February 3Feb 3How to Let Go of Your Regrets
January 20Jan 20Why You Should Quit the News
December 30Dec 30My 2019 in Review… And 62 Book Reviews (Members Only)
December 30Dec 3010 Important Lessons We Learned From the 2010s
December 8Dec 8The 3 Paradoxes of Life
November 24Nov 24How to Overcome Your Demons
November 24Nov 24 Ask Mark Anything #10 (Members Only)
November 11Nov 11How to Build Self-Esteem (And Does It Even Matter?)
October 28Oct 28Three Months Later: Does the Attention Diet Work? (Members Only)
October 28Oct 28How to Be Patient in an Impatient World
October 11Oct 11The Death of Tourism – Thoughts After 10 Years of World Travel (Members Only)
October 11Oct 115 Tenets of a Negative Self-Help
September 23Sep 23How to Get Motivated and Take Action
September 9Sep 94 Principles of Productivity
August 19Aug 19 Ask Mark Anything #9 (Members Only)
August 14Aug 145 Relationship Books Everyone Should Read
August 13Aug 13Vulnerability: The Key to Better Relationships
July 11Jul 11The Best Parts of Travel Are the Things You Don’t Remember (Members Only)
July 11Jul 11No, You Can’t Make a Person Change
July 1Jul 15 Mindsets that Create Success
June 27Jun 27The Attention Diet
June 10Jun 10Managing Your Mental Health
May 23May 23Lifelong Learning: How to Continuously Learn and Grow
May 14May 14#FakeFreedom
April 29Apr 29The Paradox of Progress (Members Only)
April 29Apr 29The Uncomfortable Truth
April 15Apr 15 Ask Mark Anything #8 (Members Only)
April 11Apr 115 Skills to Help You Develop Emotional Intelligence
March 14Mar 14Is No One Safe From the Bullshit? (Members Only)
March 14Mar 14Personal Values: How to Know Who You Really Are
February 8Feb 8If Self-Discipline Feels Difficult, Then You’re Doing It Wrong
February 7Feb 7 Ask Mark Anything #7 (Members Only)
January 14Jan 143 Core Components of a Healthy Relationship
December 31Dec 31The 2018 End of Year Recap — Oh, and 63 Book Reviews (Members Only)
December 31Dec 315 Books That Explain Why It Seems the World Is So Fucked
November 19Nov 195 Principles for Making Better Life Decisions
November 5Nov 5 Ask Mark Anything #6 (Members Only)
October 16Oct 16Why We Hold On to Bad Beliefs (Members Only)
October 16Oct 16How to Deal With Conflict (A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Guide)
September 14Sep 14 Ask Mark Anything #5 (Members Only)
September 13Sep 13Why Being an Asshole Can Be a Valuable Life Skill
August 16Aug 16How I Ended Up Working With Will Smith (Members Only)
August 16Aug 16The One Rule for Life
July 19Jul 19Stop Trying to Change Yourself
June 7Jun 7Why the Best Things in Life Are All Backwards
May 31May 31 Ask Mark Anything #4 (Members Only)
May 3May 3Fuck Your Perfectionism
May 3May 3The Three Levels of Self-Awareness
April 9Apr 9How to Change Your Life
April 5Apr 5On Rock Music and Writing: The Fight to Stay Creative in the Face of Success (Members Only)
April 5Apr 56 Things People Should Give Fewer Fucks About
March 14Mar 14How to Find The Perfect Career
March 1Mar 1How to Grow the Fuck Up: A Guide to Humans
February 14Feb 144 Terrible Reasons to Get Married (And 4 Really Good Ones)
February 14Feb 14 Ask Mark Anything #3 (Members Only)
January 25Jan 25How to Let Go: Learning to Deal with Loss
December 28Dec 28My 10 Favorite Books of 2017 (Members Only)
December 27Dec 275 Best Books for Dealing with Anxiety and Depression
November 30Nov 30Why You Should Read Fiction (Members Only)
November 30Nov 30Fuck Your Feelings
November 16Nov 1610 Cool Things About the Brain and What It Means For You (Members Only)
November 16Nov 16The Fear of Missing Out: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Instagram
October 27Oct 27 Ask Mark Anything #2 (Members Only)
October 26Oct 26How to Grow from Your Pain
October 5Oct 53 Simple Ideas That Will Make You Smarter Than Most People (Members Only)
October 5Oct 5The Real Value of Money
September 21Sep 21When to Break Up With Someone and When to Stick It Out
September 14Sep 14The Most Important Skill in Life (Members Only)
September 14Sep 14Happiness Is Not Enough
September 1Sep 1How to Get Over Someone and Move On with Your Life
August 18Aug 18How to Become a Better Learner (Members Only)
August 17Aug 17A Brief History of Romantic Love and Why It Kind of Sucks
July 20Jul 20What’s the Point of Self-Improvement Anyway?
July 18Jul 18 Ask Mark Anything #1 (Members Only)
June 22Jun 22What’s the Problem With Feminism?
June 1Jun 1The Creative Advantages of Ignorance (Members Only)
June 1Jun 1What’s the Problem With Masculinity?
May 12May 12How To Be More Productive by Working Less
April 28Apr 28The Paradox of Success (Members Only)
April 27Apr 27The Surprising Benefits of Being (Slightly) Crazy
April 13Apr 13Smartphones Are the New Cigarettes
March 31Mar 31Further Reading and References for The Subtle Art (Members Only)
March 30Mar 30Life Is a Video Game—Here Are the Cheat Codes
March 9Mar 9Reflections on Aging (Members Only)
March 9Mar 9The Meaning of Life Is a Ham Sandwich
February 23Feb 23The World Is Fucked and I’m Pretty Sure It’s the Internet’s Fault
February 10Feb 10The 5 Levels of Friendship (Members Only)
February 9Feb 9The Disease of More
February 9Feb 9 5 Keys to Becoming a Great Writer (Members Only)
February 9Feb 9 Viral Victories: How to Win on Social Media (Members Only)
January 30Jan 30How to Be Happy (Or At Least Hate Your Life Slightly Less)
January 26Jan 26The Responsibility/Fault Fallacy
January 19Jan 1911 Shitty Things We All Do But Never Admit
December 31Dec 31The Most Important Year of My Life (Members Only)
December 15Dec 156 Books That Make You Less of a Horrible Person
December 9Dec 93 Unexpected Benefits of Marriage (Members Only)
December 8Dec 81,500 People Give All the Relationship Advice You’ll Ever Need
November 1Nov 1The Real Cost of Freedom (Members Only)
October 27Oct 27The American Dream Is Killing Us
October 20Oct 203 Important Life Skills Nobody Ever Taught You
August 26Aug 26The Need to Always Prove Yourself in America (Members Only)
August 24Aug 24The Feedback Loop From Hell
August 2Aug 2 3 Core Components of a Healthy Relationship (Members Only)
July 28Jul 28Is It Just Me, Or Is the World Going Crazy?
July 18Jul 18The Liberation of Not Knowing (Members Only)
June 30Jun 309 Steps to Hating Yourself a Little Less
June 16Jun 16I, For One, Welcome Our AI Overlords
June 9Jun 9The Future of Self
June 2Jun 2Living In the Age of Outrage
May 19May 19The Virtue of Doubt
May 11May 11 My Writing Process (Members Only)
May 11May 11 Brilliant or Bullshit: MBTI Personality Tests (Members Only)
May 5May 5Why You Can’t Trust Yourself
March 31Mar 31How Your Insecurity Is Bought and Sold
March 17Mar 17Maybe You Don’t Know What Love Is
February 11Feb 11An Open Letter to Brazil (versão em português)
January 28Jan 285 Massive Books that Are Worth Your Time
January 7Jan 7Your Goals Are Overrated
December 17Dec 17Shut Up and Be Patient
November 23Nov 23Why I Have a Potty Mouth
October 22Oct 22Screw Finding Your Passion
September 17Sep 17Romance Is Like Alcohol
August 20Aug 20How to Start a Cult and Save the World
August 6Aug 6How to Survive a Long Distance Relationship
July 20Jul 205 Things That Should Be Taught in Every School
July 12Jul 12How to Stop Procrastinating
June 18Jun 18In Defense of Being Average
June 4Jun 4The No-Bullshit Way to Find “The One”
May 21May 21The Four Stages of Life
April 23Apr 23Why People Cheat in Relationships
April 2Apr 27 Books that Will Change How You See The World
March 12Mar 12The Only Way to Be Truly Confident in Yourself
February 26Feb 26The Staggering Bullshit of “The Secret”
January 8Jan 8The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
December 4Dec 4In the Future, Our Attention Will Be Sold
November 6Nov 663 Steps to Survive the Worst Moments of Your Life
October 16Oct 16How To Break Hearts and Risk Losing Everything
October 12Oct 12Mark Goes to the Movies: Into the Wild (Members Only)
October 2Oct 2No, You Can’t Have It All
September 18Sep 187 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose
September 3Sep 35 Life Lessons From 5 Years of Traveling the World
August 30Aug 30Mark Goes to the Movies: American Beauty (Members Only)
August 28Aug 28It’s Not All Your Parents’ Fault
August 6Aug 6Your Next Big Life-Changing Breakthrough is Already Happening (Members Only)
July 4Jul 4Love Is Not Enough
May 27May 27How We All Miss the Point on School Shootings
May 21May 21The Four Engines that Accelerate Language and Life (Members Only)
May 9May 96 Healthy Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Toxic
April 23Apr 23Why I Chose Who I Chose (Members Only)
April 22Apr 22How to Land Your Dream Job (Members Only)
March 20Mar 2010 Life Lessons to Excel in Your 30s
March 6Mar 610 Life Lessons I Learned from Surviving My 20s
February 20Feb 20The Hidden Costs of Happiness
February 13Feb 133 Simple Explanations for Why You’re Still Single
January 23Jan 23A Brief History of Male/Female Relations (Members Only)
January 9Jan 9How We Judge Others is How We Judge Ourselves
December 11Dec 113 Things School Taught You Without You Even Realizing It
November 21Nov 21Why I’m Wrong About Everything (And So Are You)
November 6Nov 6The Most Important Question of Your Life
October 30Oct 309 Subtle Lies We All Tell Ourselves
October 10Oct 10Stop Trying to Be Happy
October 2Oct 27 Things Sex Education Should Have Taught Us But Didn’t
September 19Sep 19Find What You Love and Let It Kill You
September 5Sep 5How Do You Measure Your Life?
August 29Aug 29Winning the Mental Battle of Weight Loss: How One Man Lost 266 Pounds
August 22Aug 22Being Special Isn’t So Special
August 15Aug 15Why Everyone on the Internet Is an Asshole
August 8Aug 86 Signs You’re in a Toxic Relationship
August 5Aug 5The Rise of Extremism (Members Only)
July 29Jul 29You Already Have Everything You Need
July 22Jul 22Why Some Dreams Should Not Be Pursued
July 18Jul 1812 Stupid Things People Care About Way Too Much
July 10Jul 10The Dark Side of the Digital Nomad
July 8Jul 8Fuck Yes or No
May 28May 28Change Your Mind About Dating
May 22May 22How to Read Faster and Retain More (Members Only)
May 16May 16How Disney Ruined Sex for Everyone
April 16Apr 16How Terrorism Works
April 11Apr 11Sex and Our Psychological Needs
April 2Apr 2Why Everyone You Date Is a Psycho
March 14Mar 145 Life Lessons I Learned From Playing Guitar
February 14Feb 14How to Break Up Gracefully
February 11Feb 11Why People Commit Suicide
February 6Feb 620 Paradoxes That Are True
January 21Jan 21The Bad Acid Trip (Members Only)
January 17Jan 17You’re Okay
January 14Jan 14The Guide to Strong Relationship Boundaries
January 11Jan 11“Check, Please” – A Short Story About Perspective (Members Only)
January 4Jan 4The Dismal State of Flirting in English-Speaking Cultures
December 17Dec 17Shut Up and Be Grateful
December 12Dec 125 Problems with the Self-Help Industry
December 7Dec 7Your Two Minds
November 30Nov 30How to 80/20 Your Life
November 10Nov 10The Guide to Being Miserable
October 19Oct 19The Borders of Sexual Harassment
October 8Oct 8An Open Letter to My 18-Year-Old Self (Members Only)
September 20Sep 20Wanderlust (Members Only)
September 3Sep 3The Prime Belief
August 29Aug 29The Theory of Meta-Awesomeness
August 21Aug 2110 Reasons Why You Fail
August 13Aug 13How to Make Your Own Luck
July 14Jul 14How to Quit Your Day Job and Travel the World
July 10Jul 1010 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America
June 15Jun 15Minimalism
June 12Jun 12It’s Complicated: Why Relationships and Dating Can Be So Hard
June 4Jun 4The Rise and Fall of Ken Wilber
May 24May 2425 Tips to Learn a Foreign Language
May 14May 14Diversify Your Identity
May 1May 1Analysis Paralysis (Members Only)
April 26Apr 26Evolution and Sexual Behavior (Members Only)
April 24Apr 24Do You Need Therapy?
April 16Apr 16The Ipanema Boardwalk (Members Only)
April 13Apr 13Meditation: Why You Should Do It
April 9Apr 9When The Fall Comes (Members Only)
March 28Mar 28Are You an Emotional Vampire?
March 27Mar 27Pornography Can Ruin Your Sex Life
February 21Feb 21The Simple Joys Are the Most Meaningful
December 13Dec 13Attachment Styles and How They Affect Your Relationships
December 6Dec 6A Dust Over India
December 2Dec 2Interviewing Like a Boss
November 28Nov 28How I Quit Smoking For Good (Members Only)
November 17Nov 17My Girlfriend Just Dumped Me
October 31Oct 31Your Honest-to-God Guide to STDs
September 5Sep 5The Levels of Eye Contact
August 20Aug 20Giving Good Advice Without Being a Condescending Asshole
May 17May 17Woman Lovers and Woman Haters (Members Only)
January 21Jan 21The Three Loves Theory
December 22Dec 22The Wisdom of Surfing (Members Only)
December 18Dec 18Compatibility and Chemistry in Relationships
September 19Sep 19The Zen Dilemma
August 9Aug 9This Is Water