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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life [Paperback]

Richard Carlson PhD
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Book Description

5 Feb 1998

So many of us would like to live our lives in a calmer and less stressful way, and be able to let go of our problems. This is the book that can show you how to stop letting the little things in life drive you crazy.

Dr Richard Carlson teaches us, in his gentle and encouraging style, simple strategies for living a more fulfilled and peaceful life.

We can all learn to put things in perspective, and by making the small daily changes he suggests, including surrendering to the fact that sometimes life isn't fair, and asking yourself, 'Will this matter a year from now?', Dr Richard can help everyone to see the bigger picture.

Repackaged to inspire and guide a new generation, this is a Mind, Body and Spirit classic.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (5 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340708018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340708019
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 14.2 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Got a stress case in your life? Of course you do: "Without question, many of us have mastered the neurotic art of spending much of our lives worrying about a variety of things all at once." Carlson's cheerful book aims to make us stop and smell--if not roses--whatever is sitting in front of our noses. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... offers 100 meditations designed to make you appreciate being alive, keep your emotions (especially anger and dissatisfaction) in proper perspective, and cherish other people as the unique miracles they are. It's an owner's manual of the heart, and if you follow the directions, you will be a happier, more harmonious person. Like Stairmasters, oat bran and other things that are good for you, the meditations take discipline. Even so, some of the strategies are kind of fun: "Imagine the people in your life as tiny infants and as 100-year-old adults." The trouble is, once you start, it's hard to stop.

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Stop the little details from overtaking your life with this internationally bestselling guide - now reissued in a vibrant new package.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Self-help book I've read... 2 Aug 2007
This is an excellent self help book - for me, at any rate. it gives you 'permission' to NOT be assertive about everything. As someone who has been told to be more assertive, i found it demonstrates how being assertive about everything results in bad feeling for yourself and others, increased stress and lack of humour and calmness in life. There are many people in life who would do well to read it - sometimes less is more!

I agree that we shouldn't be complacent or have people walk all over us - but so often people have too great a sense of their own importance and seem to get upset by the fact that people don't always get as worked up about things as they do.

Was also very sad to hear that the author died tragically young.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive 31 July 2009
I found the book first. Unfortunately the further I got through it the more I realied it was becoming very repetitive. The chapters may have had different titles and a different story but came to the same conclusions.
Overall I can't knock it totally there were some very motivational pieces.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life 14 Mar 2008
I've always wanted to be serene, and after reading this book - over a decade ago - I took the first big step towards that goal: I realised that, instead of being annoyed at people who did things I disliked, I could feel compassion towards them.

This lesson has served me well through and has helped me to grow up. I am very sorry to learn of the author's early death, and agree that his life helps to underpin the lessons his book teaches.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very kind and forgiving book 26 Feb 2001
By A Customer
A collection of short essays on how to gain perspective when you find yourself getting wound up. I got an immediate lift out of reading this book and recommend it heartily.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's all common sense..." 25 Aug 2002
By Michael Ambjorn VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
...but as we all know - There is naught as uncommon as common sense. Good book that probably won't result in a personal epiphany but will most certainly juggle a thought or two in your mind.
Good as a gift for troubled souls.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a great little book. 8 Oct 2008
By Emily
I got this book for Christmas and really like it. I haven't finished it yet as I keep it in the living room and read it here and there. And I must say, it's a very motivating, umcomplicated self-help book. It's not the kind you have to sit down and read cover to cover either, rather it's a book you "sample" a few pages of- as the book is divided up into very short stories, each containing a gem of wisdom.

A classic that lives on, I give it 5 stars for its timeless values and inspiration. Readers interested in other inspirational books might also like The Sixty-Second Motivator as well.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally good advice 3 Jun 2006
By tws45
This book is very good for helping people feel happier about themselves, particularly those with very busy lives where they are dashing about constantly and spend most of their time worrying. Much of the advice is very good: the advice on being more patient in conversations, adopting less aggressive approaches, not getting worked up over relatively trivial issues, and living in the present moment, are all sound and tend to help people to lead more contented lives.

My favourite section was the section on "when you die, your in-basket won't be empty". There is a lot of truth in this argument, and it's something that is often forgotten in the hustle-bustle of everyday life. Living life as if the purpose is to get all of the work "finished" and empty your in-basket is not generally a good plan for avoiding stress, as Richard Carlson explains very well.

However, there is one flaw in the book, in that some of the advice is contradictory, e.g. advising to listen to other people's problems, but then advising not to get involved with other people's problems.

Another issue, not just with this book but with many such self-help books, is that while the advice on letting go, being laid back and accepting is good for keeping oneself contented, it can promote complacency, which isn't necessarily a good thing. It is certainly better to accept that life isn't fair and that injustices happen, than to get worked up over injustices, but what we don't see enough of in the world is people taking constructive action to try and reduce the extent of the injustices. Life isn't fair; that doesn't mean it isn't possible to make it fairer than it currently is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love the layout of this 7 Sep 2013
By cb
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My mom and dad lent me this book, and i bought this one for a friend. im a stresser! a worrier! And i love that you can just open this up and there is a 1-2 short page tip on not stressing! You don't need to read for days into complicated life theories....simple, fast & great to give food for thought and try calm that little stress devil on your shoulder! Its teaching me that i don't always have to argue with someone who is wrong, sometimes its better for me just to let it go and say who cares!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Picked up some great tips
Published 18 days ago by rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
brilliant book
Published 20 days ago by penny odgers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice
I chose a 5 rating because this book delivers sound, clear advice that I believe has some relevance to all.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! GET IT NOW
I found this very useful! A little boring, but it made me think! Sometimes you need to hear the simple things, I absolutely love this book
Published 2 months ago by none
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
I bought this as a recommendation. However, if you are in to positive thinking already this book is a waste of time. Common sense really
Published 4 months ago by rock lobster
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great little book to help you put things in to perspective
After developing a bit of a phobia I decided to buy this book. It actually really help me put things into perspective in life and taught me not to sweat the small stuff. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms. Helen Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This book was a complete page-turner from start to finish. The short and sweet (but nonetheless incredibly knowledgeable and helpful) chapters helped put each aspect of my... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Leigh
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Excellent advice, helps you stop and gather yourself because we can't do everything. Easy to read and dip in and out. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms. B. John
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Lovely, would recommend this book hope it helps you! It's always the most basic of things that we forget to take note of, to much back round noise in our lives
Published 4 months ago by mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This was dispatched quickly and in perfect condition. This is a very inspirational book and it's so easy to flip in and out of it.
Published 5 months ago by Millimoy
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