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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Articles by Date

October 10Oct 10Why Growth Requires Struggle
September 7Sep 7Trigger Warning: Reality Hurts
July 18Jul 18Are You Entertained—Or Addicted?
June 13Jun 133 Principles for a Better Life
May 9May 9Everyone Is Mostly the Same… (And Why This Is Good News)
April 1Apr 1My Response to Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock
March 7Mar 7The Outrage Cycle
February 8Feb 8How Trust Runs the World
January 3Jan 3What in the World Are You Doing?
December 13Dec 13The Point Is to Stop
November 8Nov 8The Power (and Limitations) of Self-Belief
November 5Nov 53 Life Lessons I Learned From Will Smith
October 4Oct 4Why You Should Read More Books
September 6Sep 6How to Cultivate Wisdom
June 7Jun 7The Real Dangers of Social Media
May 21May 21Creating Healthy Habits: A Practical Guide
April 12Apr 12Behind the Scenes: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Documentary
March 15Mar 15How to Delay Gratification
February 15Feb 154 Ways I’ve Changed My Mind in the Past 10 Years
February 15Feb 15Why I Am Not a Stoic
January 11Jan 11The Complete Guide to Goal Setting (Backed by Science)
December 28Dec 28My Favorite Books of 2020
December 28Dec 28The Best Life Lessons From the Pandemic
December 18Dec 18How to Deal With Uncertainty
December 4Dec 4The Dunning-Kruger Effect: The Paradox of Our Own Ignorance
November 23Nov 23The “Once in a Lifetime” Paradox
November 23Nov 235 Boring Ways to Become More Creative
November 16Nov 16How to Feel Better
November 12Nov 12How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs
November 9Nov 9Why Things Are Never as Bad as They Seem
November 9Nov 95 Common Beliefs That Can Subtly Screw You Over
October 19Oct 19The Law of Unintended Consequences
October 12Oct 12The Best Way to Resolve Your Shame
October 8Oct 8How to Overcome Loneliness
September 28Sep 288 Logical Fallacies That Mess Us All Up
September 21Sep 21The Cognitive Biases That Hurt Our Relationships
September 7Sep 7Why We All Need Philosophy
August 3Aug 3The Best and the Worst of Someone
July 15Jul 15How to Understand Your Emotions
June 29Jun 293 Reasons Why You Make Terrible Decisions (And How to Stop)
May 25May 25The Dangers of Distrust
May 25May 255 Ways to Build Resilience and Conquer Adversity
March 16Mar 166 Books That Will Help You Grow From Your Pain
February 24Feb 24How to Forgive (But Not Forget)
February 3Feb 3The Great “Meaning” Trend
February 3Feb 3How to Deal With Regret
January 20Jan 20Why You Should Quit the News
December 30Dec 30My 2019 in Review… And 62 Book Reviews
December 30Dec 3010 Important Lessons We Learned From the 2010s
December 8Dec 8The 3 Paradoxes of Life (And How They Determine Who We Are)
November 24Nov 24How to Overcome Your Demons
November 11Nov 11How to Build Self-Esteem (And Does It Even Matter?)
October 28Oct 28Three Months Later: Does the Attention Diet Work?
October 28Oct 28How to Be Patient in an Impatient World
October 11Oct 115 Simple Ideas That Can Change Your Life
September 23Sep 23How to Get Motivated and Take Action
September 9Sep 94 Principles of Productivity
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
July 11Jul 11No, You Can’t Make a Person Change
July 1Jul 15 Mindsets That Create Success
June 27Jun 27How to Improve Your Focus and Concentration
June 10Jun 10How to Manage Your Mental Health
May 23May 23Lifelong Learning: How to Continuously Learn and Grow
April 29Apr 29The Paradox of Progress
April 29Apr 29The Uncomfortable Truth
April 11Apr 115 Skills to Help You Develop Emotional Intelligence
March 14Mar 14Personal Values: How to Know Who You Really Are
February 8Feb 8If Self-Discipline Feels Difficult, Then You’re Doing It Wrong
January 14Jan 143 Core Components of a Healthy Relationship
December 31Dec 31The 2018 End of Year Recap — Oh, and 63 Book Reviews
December 31Dec 315 Books That Explain Why It Seems the World Is So Fucked
November 19Nov 19How to Make Better Decisions
October 16Oct 16Why We Hold On to Bad Beliefs
October 16Oct 16How to Deal With Conflict (A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Guide)
September 13Sep 13Why Being an Asshole Can Be a Valuable Life Skill
August 16Aug 16How I Ended Up Working With Will Smith
August 16Aug 16The One Rule for Life
July 19Jul 19Stop Trying to Change Yourself
June 7Jun 7The Backwards Law—Why the Best Things in Life Must Be Let Go
May 3May 3How to Get Over 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
March 14Mar 14How to Find The Perfect Career
March 1Mar 1How to Grow Up: A Guide to Being Human
February 14Feb 144 Terrible Reasons to Get Married (And 4 Really Good Ones)
January 25Jan 25How to Let Go: Learning to Deal With Loss
December 28Dec 28My 10 Favorite Books of 2017
December 27Dec 275 Best Books for Dealing With Anxiety and Depression
November 30Nov 30Why You Should Read Fiction
November 30Nov 30Why You Shouldn’t Trust Your Emotions
November 16Nov 1610 Cool Things About the Brain and What It Means for You
November 16Nov 16The Complete Guide to Getting Over FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
October 26Oct 26How to Grow From Your Pain
October 5Oct 53 Simple Ideas That Will Make You Smarter Than Most People
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
September 14Sep 14Why Happiness Is Overrated
September 1Sep 1How to Get Over Someone and Move On with Your Life
August 18Aug 18How to Become a Better Learner
August 17Aug 17A Brief History of Romance (And Why It Matters)
July 20Jul 20What Is Self-Improvement?
June 1Jun 1The Creative Advantages of Ignorance
May 12May 12How to Optimize Productivity (While Working Less)
April 28Apr 28The Paradox of Success
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
March 30Mar 30Life Is a Video Game—Here Are the Cheat Codes
March 9Mar 9Reflections on Aging
March 9Mar 9How to Find Meaning in Your Life
February 10Feb 10What Real Friends Look Like
February 9Feb 9Do We Ever Feel Like We Have Enough?
January 30Jan 30A Practical Guide to Happiness
January 26Jan 26The Responsibility/Fault Fallacy
December 31Dec 31The Most Important Year of My Life
December 15Dec 156 Books That Make You Less of a Horrible Person
December 9Dec 93 Unexpected Benefits of Marriage
December 8Dec 81,500 People Give All the Relationship Advice You’ll Ever Need
November 1Nov 1Why Freedom Isn’t Free
October 20Oct 203 Important Life Skills Nobody Ever Taught You
August 24Aug 24The Feedback Loop From Hell
June 30Jun 309 Steps to Hating Yourself a Little Less
June 9Jun 9The Future of Self
May 19May 19Why It Can Be Good to Doubt Yourself
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 7Why Goals Are Overrated (And What to Do Instead)
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 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 4A Practical Guide to Modern Dating
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 Confident
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 Take Risks
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 28Aug 28No, It’s Not All Your Parents’ Fault
August 6Aug 6The Breakthrough Fallacy—What Change Actually Looks Like
July 4Jul 4Love Is Not Enough
May 9May 96 Healthy Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Toxic
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
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 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
July 29Jul 29You Already Have Everything You Need
July 22Jul 22Why Some Dreams Should Not Be Pursued
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 Remember More
May 16May 16How Disney Ruined Sex for Everyone
April 11Apr 11Sex and Our Psychological Needs
April 2Apr 2Why Your Relationships Fail
March 14Mar 145 Life Lessons I Learned From Playing Guitar
February 14Feb 14How to Break Up With Someone
February 6Feb 620 Paradoxes That Are True
January 21Jan 21The Bad Acid Trip
January 17Jan 17You’re Okay
January 14Jan 14The Guide to Strong Relationship Boundaries
January 11Jan 11“Check, Please” – A Short Story About Perspective
January 4Jan 4The Right and Wrong Ways to Flirt
December 17Dec 17Shut Up and Be Grateful
December 12Dec 125 Problems With the Self-Help Industry
December 7Dec 7You Have Two Minds—Here’s How to Use Them
November 30Nov 30The 80/20 Principle and How It Can Change 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
September 20Sep 20Wanderlust
September 3Sep 3The Most Important Belief You Can Have
August 29Aug 29Why Self-Awareness Is Sexy
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 14Why You Should Care About Many Things
May 1May 1Analysis Paralysis
April 24Apr 24Do You Need Therapy?
April 16Apr 16The Ipanema Boardwalk
April 13Apr 13Meditation: Why You Should Do It
April 9Apr 9When The Fall Comes
March 28Mar 28Are You an Emotional Vampire?
March 27Mar 27How Pornography 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
October 31Oct 31Your Honest-to-God Guide to STDs
September 5Sep 5The Levels of Eye Contact
August 20Aug 20How to Give Advice to Others
May 17May 17Woman Lovers and Woman Haters
January 21Jan 21The Three Loves Theory
December 22Dec 22The Wisdom of Surfing
December 18Dec 18Compatibility and Chemistry in Relationships
September 19Sep 19The Zen Dilemma
August 9Aug 9This Is Water