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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
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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: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (5 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340708018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340708019
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.1 x 16.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,341 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. --Amazon.com

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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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Self-help book I've read... 2 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
I found the book excellent...at 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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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
Format:Paperback
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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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
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 ways to embrace this crazy life 27 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
A must have for the book shelf for anyone who's trying to figure out how to live in this crazy,beautiful , frustrating , complex glorious world. Yes,yes, a lot of the advice does seem like common sense...but I for one need to have a reminder about these things.'Practice random acts of kindness'... there's something about reading it that brings it bounding to the forefront of your mind.Open it at any page and little golden nuggets will illuminate your day and
seep into your consciousness.Recommended.

Comic Verse for Men and Curious Women
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally good advice 3 Jun 2006
By tws45
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Buy This Book - You Won't Be Disappointed 31 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback
After suffering from a bout of anxiety and mild depression, I had read my fill of 'self-help' books.

This volume by the late Richard Carlson is not your run-of-the-mill self-help book.

So easily read - each 'chapter' runs to about 2-3 pages (and they're small pages at that). No preaching. No psycho-babble.

Mr. Carlson addresses the issues that prevent us from being happy in life - and they're all part of the 'small stuff' as he puts it.

I found something in pretty much every page - some meant more to me than others, but all contained, simple, straightforward advice which is written in a concise, readable and non-patronising manner.

Whether you're struggling or not - there's something in this book for everyone.

I wish someone had pointed it out to me a long time ago.

Buy it.
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Great bite-sized chapters that remind you of what's truly important as we go through our busy lives. A good read.
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Brilliant. Easy to read. My husband and I read a lesson each morning. And then go back to the beginning.
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Brilliant! help to keep distans to all thins that happen to us.I recommend!
Published 27 days ago by Monika Torchalska
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative reading
Enjoying reading the book, have since got some others from the same author and looking forward to reading them also.
Published 1 month ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
Great little book, split into tiny bite-sized chunks/chapters which are best read as I kind of thought for the day. Relevant and easy to apply on a daily basis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Good little book - small pocket sized book so it's easy to pop in your bag and read on a lunch break. A lovely eye opener of a book.
Published 2 months ago by Charlie
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Very helpful book, follow the ideas and keep stress at bay. Delivery good and condition as described
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Never turned up! Sadly I only realised nearly a year later when I went through my feedback!
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