The Plus
New York Times bestselling author Greg Gutfeld wants to be your new guru, and he hates himself for it.Before Greg Gutfeld was a Fox News star and a New York Times bestselling author, he was a self-help writer for health magazines who had no idea what he was talking about. But now, after years of experience, he finally feels qualified to guide people on the journey of life—call this book punishment for his sins, and a huge reward for you!In The Plus, Greg teaches you how to brainwash yourself into better behavior, retaining the pluses in your life and eliminating the minuses. His approach to self-help is simple, and perfect for cynics; it’s not about positive thinking in the short term, it’s about positive being in the long term. With tough love and more than a little political incorrectness, he delivers sage wisdom such as:-If you aren’t getting happier as you’re getting older, you’re doing it wrong.-Resist the media’s command to expand destructive narratives.-If you’re in the same place you were three years ago, wake up.-Don’t tweet when drinking.Modern life grows emptier and emptier as society becomes increasingly polarized, and even those who don’t subscribe to New Age beliefs are seeking comfort and meaning. In The Plus, Greg shows how skeptics too can advance themselves for the betterment of their lives and the healing of their communities.Length: 4 hours 31 minutes

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TitleThe Plus
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 28th, 2020
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GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Politics, Humor

The Plus Review

  • Jim Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Let’s start with the end question. Who should read this book? The answer is very simple, everyone. In my opinion, it would be impossible to read Gutfeld’s book and not learn something about America in 2020. As I read his book, I found myself on almost every page. I particularly loved his book because he writes about what I have been thinking for decades. I also very much like his style. He writes like he talks on television. It’s enjoyable to read but more importantly he has some extremely valua Let’s start with the end question. Who should read this book? The answer is very simple, everyone. In my opinion, it would be impossible to read Gutfeld’s book and not learn something about America in 2020. As I read his book, I found myself on almost every page. I particularly loved his book because he writes about what I have been thinking for decades. I also very much like his style. He writes like he talks on television. It’s enjoyable to read but more importantly he has some extremely valuable life lessons. In that regard he and I learned very similar lessons.Greg’s theory is very simple. Every morning we all have a choice to make. He has decided he will ask himself how he can make the day a Plus instead of a Minus. He reduces everything to these two terms. Avoid the Minuses and add to and enjoy the Pluses in life. Surround yourself with people who think like you do and who will encourage you instead of criticize you. One plus I totally agree with is everyone should create a self-education program and then work the program to become better at whatever you wish to do or become.He has harsh words for Social Media and the ills created by everyone’s desire to want to be seen by everyone. I believe that the strongest message in the book occurs when he defines and explains “the two-prison idea” theory. The book is worth reading if just for this one Chapter. It’s outstanding and true and anyone who reads it KNOWS it is true.He has very strong opinions regarding the cancel culture and how to change it. There is also a discussion on how people literally follow the leader and by leader he refers to things that are not so pleasant. People tend to do what other people do. They imitate other people in how they dress, how they act (mostly bad) and what they do for their own personal enjoyment; becoming the person, you were meant to become takes a back seat to just following the leader.Back to the original question, who should read this book, I do mean everyone ought to not only read it, but they should take the lessons discussed and learn from them. If everyone did, America would be a better place to live, not many books could do that.Who should read this book? EVERYONE, PERIOD!Would I read it again? Maybe but probably not as once is sufficient to learn what I should be doingWould I give it as a gift? ABSOLUTELY!
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Very good book. I always enjoy Greg Gutfeld. Always make your actions or reactions a plus instead of a minus. Greg is short and I was already laughing on page four : "...what to spend the advance on (creating an amusement park for people of my height). My favorite thing he talks about is the prison of two ideas. Everything has to be black or white. That is not true for anything! There is always a gray area but in this current society you have to pick a side. He talks a lot about cancel culture a Very good book. I always enjoy Greg Gutfeld. Always make your actions or reactions a plus instead of a minus. Greg is short and I was already laughing on page four : "...what to spend the advance on (creating an amusement park for people of my height). My favorite thing he talks about is the prison of two ideas. Everything has to be black or white. That is not true for anything! There is always a gray area but in this current society you have to pick a side. He talks a lot about cancel culture as well. It is so dumb. I wear my Nike shirt while eating Chick-Fil-A. The worst part is how we are now spies on each other with what we post to social media. Big Brother is now us, not the government. I also like how he said follow the people who are a plus to your life. I have started cleaning up my facebook feed. I only got on Facebook to keep in a touch with family and friends who live far away. I don't want all of the garbage that comes with it. Lastly, he talks about leaving a mark, but make it a plus, not a minus. "You can be remembered for both, but only one, fondly.""It's not about the power of positive thinking. It's about being positive. Every choice is a coin flip: plus or minus? Command yourself every morning to choose a positive path and avoid or eliminate anything that can be seen as a minus.""Will I be a plus, or a minus?""All relationships can be boiled down to one scary question. Is this person a plus or a minus in your life?""Remind yourself that the impact of national politics is small compared to everything else in life. More people watch your average NFL playoff game than any debate.""Sadly, current politics forces us into one of two positions, against the betterment of society.""Yet, what do you see these days on cable and social media? Orchestrated polarizations. Men vs. women. Blacks vs. whites. Rich vs. poor. You don't see community anymore.""When you don't know which way to go, try straight ahead and down the middle. Commit to compromise. Allow for exceptions."
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  • Mary Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading this "self help" book...it was written in the same format that the author Greg Gutfeld speaks...I felt that he was speaking with me, not at me. As for the content...it is what we need to do...we are allowing "cancel culture" to overshadow the good in people. He explains the impact of social media but does not blame it for all our issues...he demonstrates how there are more than two sides to every debate, at least there should be. Not just right/wrong but what about something or I enjoyed reading this "self help" book...it was written in the same format that the author Greg Gutfeld speaks...I felt that he was speaking with me, not at me. As for the content...it is what we need to do...we are allowing "cancel culture" to overshadow the good in people. He explains the impact of social media but does not blame it for all our issues...he demonstrates how there are more than two sides to every debate, at least there should be. Not just right/wrong but what about something or somethings in the middle or a little bit of both. Just because you did something years ago, does not make you a bad person today...forgiveness is a need in today's...ruining peoples lives over a photo and or a statement made in the past must be evaluated in today's life of the person. Excellent read!
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  • kglibrarian (Karin Greenberg)
    January 1, 1970
    A quick read, Greg Gutfeld's new book gives practical advice about how we can make our lives, and the lives of those around us, more positive and productive. With his signature wit and honesty, he gets right to the point and uses entertaining anecdotes and personal memories to highlight what he believes are the most important aspects of creating a world where we can have conversations instead of fights. By choosing to have more pluses than minuses each day, Gutfeld explains, we can take charge o A quick read, Greg Gutfeld's new book gives practical advice about how we can make our lives, and the lives of those around us, more positive and productive. With his signature wit and honesty, he gets right to the point and uses entertaining anecdotes and personal memories to highlight what he believes are the most important aspects of creating a world where we can have conversations instead of fights. By choosing to have more pluses than minuses each day, Gutfeld explains, we can take charge of our actions and mindsets. Here are a few of his points that struck me:•The prison of two ideas: Don't "cling to a misguided belief that only two opposite positions exist on an issue, leading us into a constant dead-end face-off, when in fact there's an infinite number of stances existing between two oppositional beliefs."•Social media impulsivity: "The bigger the dustup, the longer you must stay away" and "replace the instinct to reply with physical action."•Virtue signaling: "Nothing you say will convince anyone of anything."•Apologizing: "Admitting being wrong is like getting a hit of a free, harmless, but fun drug."•Compromise and empathy: "Stand in somebody else's place and see how it feels."• Humor: "Take a joke" and "realize the awfulness of something is the actual joke."Though Gutfeld does discuss politics at times, his book focuses more on how we, as a society, can stop the divisiveness and create more opportunities for communication and open-mindedness. He writes the same way he speaks so the book is filled with hilarious, intelligent one liners. There are parts of the book that less conservative readers might not agree with, but Gutfeld is respectful of people's opinions and no matter what your political beliefs, The Plus has great insights into the current national mood.
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  • Selinda
    January 1, 1970
    Great readHe makes you laugh out loud. He is great, it's like having him in the room with you. I have read all his books
  • Gabrielle
    January 1, 1970
    Very fun and enjoyable. I actually did this book on audio because I knew I'd like it more listening to it in Gutfeld's voice. I have always agreed a lot with his way off thinking minus the porn, drugs and agnostic POV. For an agnostic he really does share many of the same spiritual beliefs but that's beside the point. The book has some great insights and some repetition of thought from other places hence the 4 stars. Overall I think everyone could benefit from it.
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  • Denise C. McCracken
    January 1, 1970
    Timely read for these times!Quite simple but very profound. This will help both sides get through these unbelievable times. Be a plus not a minus and you and everyone around you will be better. 1 point for liberals, if you can’t laugh at some of this then as they say might be the problem.
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  • Deana Kay
    January 1, 1970
    The best self-help book I never wanted to read. (JK I wanted to read it because, hey, Greg Gutfeld...but I didn't expect to actually get "help" from it.) My fav GG book to date.
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Greg Gutfeld is one of my favorites and I enjoyed getting more of his thoughts in this book! I hope to apply some of his insights into my life.
  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. Good thoughts and steps to make your life full of more pluses than minuses. First self help book I have read all the way. i think I do a lot of this and this is still the first self help book that left me with some ideas to make my life have even more plus than minus.
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  • sean manning
    January 1, 1970
    AwesomeGreg being positive ,who knew.easy read very uplifting.I will have to try being a plus nobody needs more bitching .
  • Ronald J.
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the read. Gutfeld will make you laugh out loud in places. Yet this book has got some serious ideas that are quite useful, such as his “prison of two ideas” theory, in which we cling to a misguided belief that only two opposite positions exist on an issue: Do we fight the pandemic, or do we save the economy? But it’s rarely “either/or”—it’s actually “this and that.” You have to like this: “I don’t like self-help books because I don’t like the people who write them. I know for a fact tha I enjoyed the read. Gutfeld will make you laugh out loud in places. Yet this book has got some serious ideas that are quite useful, such as his “prison of two ideas” theory, in which we cling to a misguided belief that only two opposite positions exist on an issue: Do we fight the pandemic, or do we save the economy? But it’s rarely “either/or”—it’s actually “this and that.” You have to like this: “I don’t like self-help books because I don’t like the people who write them. I know for a fact that the writers who give advice are generally severely screwed-up people. Because I was one of them.”He writes: “If you aren’t getting happier as you’re getting older, you’re doing it wrong. It’s not about the power of positive thinking. It’s about—without sounding positively nauseating—positive being. Every choice is a coin flip: plus or minus? It’s not “random acts of kindness,” or “paying it forward,” or “thinking positively.” This book boils down to one sentence you should ask yourself every morning. “Will I be a plus, or a minus?”Gutfeld argues that the biggest minus in our lives is the desire for novelty: since it drives us to hurt the people we already love and who already love us back. He’s justifiably harsh on social media, even though he uses it: “In the old days, you had to go outside and buy pitchforks to organize a mob. Now you can do it all from a couch. …it’s far easier to shoot thirty people and live for years in press clippings and documentaries, than tweet a thousand times to an empty void. It’s much easier to be Jeffrey Dahmer or the Joker than Norman Borlaug.”In the past we had family, community, and religion, which are now the subject of mockery. “All that’s left is political tribalism. Antifa replaces family. social media it’s the HOV lane to a new kind of hell. There’s a reason it’s free: it’s worthless and you pay later. Sadly, the world is for the young, and the young have no idea what to do with it.” He takes on cancel culture, the public shaming and destroying people’s lives under the guise of “holding them responsible for their actions.” “If activists hate your opinion, they won’t debate you, they’ll just target the people who pay you.” I also appreciated his discussion of humor and comedians: “Today is a time of the humorless tyranny. Without humor, there is no such thing as civilization. It levels all disputes to human scale. Humor, by uniting different perspectives, results in “normalizing” people you don’t like. All in all, a quick, enjoyable, humorous read, with some serious messages sprinkled throughout.Memorable Lines:“Pilates, which is stretching for people with money.”Comedians now force fans to sign NDAs at shows, and now many entertainers force concertgoers to dump their phones in those special “Yondr” pouches.
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  • Brian Sachetta
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was a fun and fairly unique take on a self-help book. Overall, its message involves looking at every situation in our lives and asking ourselves, “Am I going to be a ‘plus’ here, or am I going to be a ‘minus'?” Or, put another way, "Am I going to be positive, uplifting, and helpful, or am I going to bring everyone else down with me?"The book covers a wide array of subjects, including some of the societal and cultural forces that have gotten us to where we are today, as a nation. T I thought this was a fun and fairly unique take on a self-help book. Overall, its message involves looking at every situation in our lives and asking ourselves, “Am I going to be a ‘plus’ here, or am I going to be a ‘minus'?” Or, put another way, "Am I going to be positive, uplifting, and helpful, or am I going to bring everyone else down with me?"The book covers a wide array of subjects, including some of the societal and cultural forces that have gotten us to where we are today, as a nation. The author discusses things like why social media is tearing us from one another, why loneliness drives modern politics, and why we need to stop seeing every hot-button issue as having only two [opposing] answers / solutions.This one sure has a good amount of character and wit. I really enjoyed these aspects of it, for I think its “comedic relief” helps make some of its subjects more digestible. It’s not a life-changing book by any means, but it’s short, simple, and worth reading.-Brian SachettaAuthor of “Get Out of Your Head”
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  • Mandi Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Greg Gutfeld is the adorable class clown I so wish I could have gone with to my high school prom. However be advised, while he evidently enjoys playing the court jester, beneath that lovable smirk lies a sly philosopher and insightful social commentator. The Plus offers a simple, but successful formula for emotionally navigating this No Good, Very Bad Year Called 2020. I recommend listening to Gutfeld narrate the audio version of his book to get the full benefit of his comedic timing. He peppers Greg Gutfeld is the adorable class clown I so wish I could have gone with to my high school prom. However be advised, while he evidently enjoys playing the court jester, beneath that lovable smirk lies a sly philosopher and insightful social commentator. The Plus offers a simple, but successful formula for emotionally navigating this No Good, Very Bad Year Called 2020. I recommend listening to Gutfeld narrate the audio version of his book to get the full benefit of his comedic timing. He peppers his sober advice with jolly anecdotes, slapstick self-deprecation and quick wit.
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  • Joan Foss
    January 1, 1970
    The only self help book I ever liked was "Who Moved My Cheese" Since then I've never finished another one. I did this one because it was short ..... I like The Five. I like Greg Gutfeld. But the only reason he could be writing books is to garner money. It doesn't help his fame or humor. I will continue to watch The Five and decline to read any more self help books. That will be a Plus for me.
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  • Joanne
    January 1, 1970
    I've always enjoyed Gutfeld's strange alchemy of libertarianism, razor sharp wit and general absurdity. And, he can be pretty hilarious. I did some literal LOLing during this book. Featured here is relatively clear reasoning about how social media is the true villain behind the polarized culture we find ourselves living in. Greg reminds us that we've lost the grey areas along the way between US and THEM.
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  • Diane Luzar
    January 1, 1970
    Greg wrote a very good self -help book, with his humor, quick wit and a lot of sage recommendations to improve your life with others that don’t agree with you. A short book that gives good perspective of how social media changes our thoughts and manipulates how we react to adversaries. He has a great chapter on education at the end. Also, the chapter on The Prison of Two Ideas. A very quick, easy read!
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  • Jan Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    Greg Gutfeld from a new perspective. A common sense self help book. No extraordinary measures, no mysticism, just down to earth advice. Yes, there is the usual wise cracking Gutfeld humor that we know and love, but it is tempered with insight.Whether you are a fan of Gutfeld or not this is a book worth reading.
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  • tim hulsey
    January 1, 1970
    This bookThis book have me insights that I've never considered before, and I'm 99 percent perfect. Great job G G. Later dude (it said I needed one more word before I could submit this re view ,hence the "later dude".
  • Kenneth Fry
    January 1, 1970
    Pulitzer worthyGreg is always fantastic. Off center as usual( but maybe that puts him right on target...of course he always cha wind speed and direction). His most compelling book since Pork Scratchings.
  • Quanita
    January 1, 1970
    Done in Gutfeld's style of humor, it is a book about forgiveness, of yourself and others. Learn from your mistakes, the mistakes of others, and try to see the other side. A relatively short work, it is very timely.
  • Elisa
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I love Greg so I found this book hilarious.
  • Michael Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    This book will make you think, make you laugh and challenge you to be a plus, not a minus!
  • Annmarie Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book!Loved it! Funny, entertaining and thought-provoking. Greg's humorous writing style kept me interested and laughing. I highly recommend it! :-)
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.
  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    LOVE! This was such a good “reminder” book. Remember the golden rules we were all taught. I love Greg’s stories he used as ways to illustrate important points. It’s a great day read.
  • Mary C Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Great Mind!This boSuper comm Great read! Thank you!This book made me think. I learned the importance of forgiveness and leaving a positive mark.
  • Jim Gahring
    January 1, 1970
    Good adviceNot what I thought it was going to be but that's a good thing. Well done be a plus not a minus
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