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You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles for Keeping Life in Perspective Hardcover – 1 Jun 1997


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: New World Library; Revised edition (1 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577310853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577310853
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
Wow, what a book!!
I heard about Richard Carslon through another Author called "Dave Pelzer", he mentioned him in one of his self-help books. I purchased this book and was unable to put it down!
I am suffering with Depression and have had it for several years. Im undergoing regular counselling and am trying to get my life into perspective. I have read a lot of "Self-Help" books and this book was by far the best read I have had in a long time.
Richard is a very clever man, his views/opinions and thoughts about life are amazing, his techniques are not something that you would think about for yourself unless prompted to do so, and even then you would need a reason to look at your way of thinking in the first place. Richard gives you the answers to your questions and really makes sense with everything he is saying. Throughout the book you feel as though he has read your mind. You begin questioning yourself, your attitudes and your beliefs, not for being wrong, but for what they could be... he even gives you techniques to try to do yourself.
I was getting to the stage whereby I did not think anything was helping me, but after reading this book, I was very impressed and am slowly attempting to gain another perspective on life.
A brilliant book, that if you brought for the same reasons as I did will take you far.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2004
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This relatively small book contains more instantly-usable wisdom than the aisles and aisles of other so-called 'self help' titles I've trawled through.
I went through a brief bad patch last year, and realised that, at 32, it was time to learn about my own psychological functioning and how to take charge of my own experience of life. Over several months, I read a few great titles on depression, self-esteem and general life coaching. However, this book contained more usable wisdom than all of the others put together. Perhaps it's the fact that I'd read the others beforehand; but I doubt that. In the first few pages, I was thinking "this is it!"
I'm no self help book junkie, but if you're looking for a book that will help *you* to change your own experience for the better in a way that not many people are aware they're capable of, this is the one.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 July 1999
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This little book is a gem. If you are a moody person - and who isn't - then read it. If not, read it anyway. I can't think of book which has helped me sort out my thoughts in the way this one has. It's hard to summarise what reading it has given me but perhaps the main thing it's taught me is to let my brain work for me while I get on and enjoy life instead of always 'thrashing' my brain for answers. Carlson not only dispenses a little wisdom but shows us how to access our own. A must!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brady TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2007
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For many of us, happiness is a goal that we never seem to achieve. We closely examine our unhappiness and fret over all the issues in our lives. We know in our hearts and our very souls that if we can just earn a little more money, deal with a childhood trauma, or get married that we'll finally be happy. Unfortunately, once we succeed in these endeavors, a whole new set of issues appears and we find ourselves still unhappy.

Life doesn't stop just because we read a self help book or decide to work on our issues. There is no secret formula that magically absolves a person from facing the challenges that we all experience. The ups and downs of everyday life will always be there. However, you can choose how you feel about yourself and your life. You can see problems as defining you as a failure or as a bad person or you can see them as merely a natural part of life. You can try to make your child act just the way you want or nag at your husband because he's not perfect or you can get some perspective and see that these little things aren't all that important in the scope of your love and happiness.

Perhaps, the most important thing I gained from You Can Be Happy No Matter What is the importance of taking time out. Like most human beings, when I'm in a low mood, the world seems darker and my problems more difficult. In the past, I thought that I had to solve these issues as they came up. As the author states though, real problems won't disappear when you are feeling more yourself. Little irritants that don't really matter will simply fall away. Then, you can work on your real problems and actually have a clear mind to do so.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 1997
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This was the first of several books I read from Dr. Carlson, and I know it was a very instrumental part of my recovery process overcoming depression. I can't remember when I was so excited to read a book (except perhaps, when I read his book, "Shortcut Through Therapy"). I've read it three times, and bought four copies for other people who were also amazed at how much control they actually had over their own happiness!
The beauty of this book is it's simplicity. It combines principles and applications that are not difficult to understand and, with practice, almost effortless to implement. This book benefited me because I believed, that I had little or no control over my thoughts, feelings, moods, circumstances or happiness.
As I reflect after reading the book, I find that I have been feeling better longer. I still have low moods, but I don't sink as low, stay as long or hurt as bad as I used to. I'm still in therapy, and an end is in sight. My shrinks have substantially lenthened the time between visits, and reduced my meds considerably.
Thank you Dr. Carlson, for your helping hand when it was needed most.
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