From the wildly popular Instagram account, Disappointing Affirmations hilariously counters the culture of relentless toxic positivity with a realistic take on a disappointing world where failure is always an option, but that’s okay.

Disappointing Affirmations

Pairing lovely vacation photos taken by the author himself with sayings that are amusingly self-critical, encouraging, disillusioned, or all three at once, Tarnowski points to feelings commonly unacknowledged or hidden and spotlights them with humor, wit, and empathy. You can do it! But you probably won’t. But also: Be kind to yourself, asshole. Transforming and re-envisioning the material for print while adding tons of new work, this is the funny-because-it’s-true, sneaky self-help gift book for anyone who isn’t happy all the time and doesn’t feel seen in the whole “positive mental attitude” culture. Unfollow your dreams!


Disappointing Affirmations Postcards

Disappointing Affirmations

The Disappointing Affirmations postcard set offers a funny take on the inspirational language of a culture that insists that everyone try to remain upbeat in the face of a world that’s clearly not okay, and gives us permission to not be okay as well. Keep or send to someone you love who also thinks toxic positivity can go to hell.


Disappointing Affirmations Graphite Pencils

Disappointing Affirmations Graphite Pencils

The Disappointing Affirmations pencil set includes ten eraser-topped graphite pencils. As stylish as they are functional, these standard HB / No. 2 pencils make excellent desk accessories. Featuring realistic and subversively funny affirmations engraved on beautiful scenes from nature, they're the opposite of terrible for writing stuff down or whatever.


About the Author

Photo of Dave Tarnowski

Dave Tarnowski is the author of about a dozen unfinished novels who turned to memes when he finally gave up on his dreams of being a writer of anything longer than a few sentences. He lives in New York City with his neuroses. Follow him on Instagram at

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