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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 (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,081 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Otis Mojo on 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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By F. Stirling on 2 Aug. 2007
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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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13 of 14 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MRS JA LEYBOURNE on 20 Oct. 2013
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I thought this book would be helpful for a stressed period in my life and most of it was.
It is clearly written, easy to read and think about. Lovely bright cover that makes you want to look inside.
This book would be good for a range of ages and situations.
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lolly on 8 April 2009
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I have found this book very helpful. After suffering from anxiety and stress for nearly a year and reading many self help books, I found this one quite different from the others out there. The style of writing and small chapters are easy to digest and the tips are easy to take on and try. When I start stressing or worrying now, I say to myself " Don't sweat the small stuff" and I let worries go!
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on 14 Dec. 2014
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I bought this after I saw a recommendation in a blog and I was expecting some really empowering stuff but all I keep reading is basically saying be a door mat and a people pleaser, I don't know- I am only a few chapters in but I've lost interest now And I don't think this is for me.
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