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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 (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,746 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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By F. Stirling on 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 By Otis Mojo on 31 Aug. 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cb on 7 Sept. 2013
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2001
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 10 Aug. 2010
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As simple as some of the ideas are in this book, it really does contain some great tips on ways to de-stress, relax, calm down, and generally be a more accepting person.

Some of the ideas you'll have heard before, like learning to accept that 'Life isn't fair', whilst others are more abstract, but ultimately helpful, like 'allowing yourself to be bored'.

Overall, the ideas in this book are helpful if you are trying to feel more relaxed, or trying to deal with stress in your life, but it's also necessary to remember that the book itself isn't a magic cure, and that ultimately you have to act on the advice contained, and in many instances go back and re-read it, in order to fully benefit from the advice contained.

At the end of the day, if you're willing to put in the time and effort required, this book WILL help you to live a more relaxed existance, but like everything, you have to have the motivation to do it. If you're ready to do that, then this book is the book for you. Good stuff.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Emily on 8 Oct. 2008
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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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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By tws45 on 3 Jun. 2006
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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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