Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and it's all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and it's all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life

by Richard Carlson

In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life.

You can learn to put things in perspective by making the small daily changes he suggests,including advice such as "Think of your problems as potential teachers"; "Remember that when you die, your 'In' box won't be empty"; and "Do one thing at a time." You should also try to live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, and lower your tolerance to stress.

With gentle, supportive suggestions, Dr.Carlson reveals ways to make your actions more peaceful and caring, with the added benefit of making your life more calm and stress-free.

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I am not much of a self-help reader (occasionally I will read a Christian living/theology book but that's really it), but I recommend this book to everyone. As a shy, conflict-avoiding person who went into a field where I have to deal with people (often difficult and often stressed and not always pleasant) everyday, I think anyone who has to be around and communicate with others heavily can use these skills in this book. I pulled this book out of my tote and started reading it. It helped me to feel better because it really does put things into perspective. At the time of update one, I was still reading this book. Some lessons from this book that I applied to my life this week: -Don't sweat the small stuff (the titular lesson--which bears repeating as a daily mantra) -Develop your compassion -Remind yourself that when you die, your 'in basket' won't be empty -Choose your battles wisely -Become a better listener -Choose being kind over being right -Practice humility Final update: What a rewarding reading experience. This is the one self-help book you really should read. At the final reading, I could see how the advice in this book would have helped me in a challenge I faced a day or so before. Some of the powerful things I read about today: -Turn Your Melodrama into a Mellow-drama -Practice Ignoring Your Negative Thoughts -Be Happy Where You Are -Quiet the Mind -Think of Your Problem as Potential Teachers -Get Comfortable Not Knowing -Acknowledge the Totality of Your Being -Cut Yourself Some Slack -Stop Blaming Others -Transform Your Relationship to Your Problems -The Next Time You Find Yourself in an Argument, Rather than Defend Your Position, See if You Can See the Other Point of View First -Listen to Your Feelings (They Are Trying to Tell You Something) -Redefine a "Meaningful Accomplishment" -If Someone Throws You the Ball, You Don't Have to Catch It -One More Passing Show -Realize the Power of Your Own Thoughts and a very good lesson for me....

I think Carlson has a good point in suggesting that maybe we make a big deal out of things that aren't such a big deal.

When we are pressured and stressed, we waste our time minding the tinsy minsy stuff in this world instead of fixing and turning our faces into what really pushes us into the edge. This inspiring book tells us literally NOT TO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF and to stop the things that slow our progress in attaining a life free from stress.

The words "don't sweat the small stuff" have become a part of American culture thanks to Richard Carlson's book, which became a runaway bestseller and made publishing history as the #1 best-selling book in the United States for two consecutive years.