Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life
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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life

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by Richard Carlson
     
 

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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and it's all small stuff is a book that shows you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incerdibly hurried, stress-filled life. You can learn to put things in perspective by making the small

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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and it's all small stuff is a book that shows you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incerdibly 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 try to live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, and lower your tolerance to stress. You can write down your most stubborn positions and see if you can soften them, learn to trust your intuitions, and live each day as if it might be your last. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567318791
Publisher:
MJF Books
Publication date:
03/12/2007
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
499
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Carlson, Ph.D., is a frequent lecturer and a stress consultant. He is the author of Don't Don't Worry, Make Money, You Can Be Happy No Matter What, and You Can Feel Good Again, among other titles, and coauthor of Handbook for the Soul and Handbook for the Heart. He lives with his wife and children in Northern California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northern California
Place of Birth:
Northern California
Education:
San Jose State University, Pepperdine University; Ph.D., Sierra University

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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and it's all small Stuff 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover of this book says it was a bestselling book of the year at one time. After opening it up and glancing through it, it't not hard to see why.

The pupose of the book is to get you to look at things, common situations we all come across everyday, like being criticized or being given more work than you can possibly finish, and see them a little differently. Believe it or not, it delivers- and in just a page or two at a time if you can believe that!

That's because the wisdom is definitely there, on every page, and it just plain makes sense. Many times I've read a chapter or two and thought, "Why didn't I think of that before?".

The other good thing about this tiny book is that you could either sit down and read it cover-to-cover, or just pick it up once in awhile and pick a random chapter to read. Either way, the mini-chapters are sure to quickly leave most readers wondering why they make such a big deal out of the things they do. Other short self-help books I like include "Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World".
BostonLiberal More than 1 year ago
This book is mostly fluffy stuff, but somewhat fun to read. Anyway, the hardcover edition is much cheaper in store than the Nook edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very inspiring for me and it made me realize the small stuff that I get upset about is not worth all that wasted energy. I used this book when I start to get irk about the small stuff to not get to me.
Papa_JC More than 1 year ago
The material in this book provides sound advice and perspective to help manage stress, anxiety, and anger. What I especially enjoy (on my nook) is you can quickly access the table of contents, pick a chapter heading with a title that catches your eye, and instantly get the bit of inspiration one needs from a snapshot reading. Back to your day, with a new set of eyes and the refreshing shot of literary expresso needed to focus your mind and heart.
GardenMaiden More than 1 year ago
Life change is not quite that instant but the information and read are useful. Makes for great repeat reads... A good think about the way you approach things discussion.
Jian Liu More than 1 year ago
It will teach you to live life how you like it when your dieing you will regret making all that money and not spending time with your family
pmhargis More than 1 year ago
Here's a book that I wanted to read long before I actually picked it up to do so. I used to think it was all part of the hoopla surrounding Oprah Nation, which Dr. Phil-ified all our thinking about life, relationships, etc. However, as these pages started to fill my life, a little at a time (confession - it's a bathroom book for me), it's wisdom started to seep in, and I started to yearn for more. Of the 100 idioms for dealing with modern life, some are quaint ("Turn your Melodrama into a Mellow-Drama"), some are insightful ("Search for the Grain of Truth in Other Opinions"), and some are quite moving ("Transform your Relationship to Your Problems"). There is an undercurrent of Zen philosophy throughout - I found parallels here with the recent book "The Power of Now", by Eckhart Tolle. The individual topics are easy to digest, never more than 2 pages each. I found that they mean a lot more to me the second (or third) time I read them. There are so many phrases here that have evolved into cultural icon status, it took a second reading to move beyond those. Richard Carlson weaves a common thread through many of the readings, and I think the whole is greater than the sum of the parts (cliche-alert). Wisdom can be an elusive target, especially with the "busyness" that modern life forces upon us, but this book has helped me find some, and discover ways to put it into practice. This is an enjoyable read; take what you can from the writings, skip the parts that don't resonate, and focus on the profound nuggets that you will inevitably find. Good Luck!
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Gives you a different way of thinking and handling lifes challenges.
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Life skills... i think that says it all
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LeConche-a More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books I have read in a while. This is clear because it provides the reader with helpful tips to ensure that the &ldquo;small stuff&rdquo; doesn&rsquo;t run your life. After completing the book, my favorite character was Richard Carlson. This is clear because he provides the reader with helpful insight on how to become a better person. I agree with user Anonymous who posted on October 26, 2011 because he/she also realize that it&rsquo;s not worth getting upset over the little things and wasting energy. Personally, I believe this was a great book because it provides new ways to look at life and ways to become a better person. In the first place, Richard Carlson explains the idea of the snowball effect. The author has us looking at our lives a snow ball and with every decision we make or thing we say, we add a layer. He describes the positive effects as being white fluffy snow added to your life (the snowball) and the negative effects as dirty snow. He describes that you should have more fluffy snow in your life. This affected my life because it made me realize that I do more positive things in my life to add more fluffy layers to my life. In addition, Richard Carlson explains the idea of a time wrap which explains that when you make decisions you have to be aware of how they will affect your future. This provides the reader with a new way of viewing decisions making. This affected my life because before I read this, I would not pay much attention to the new decisions affecting my life, but now I find myself wondering how this will affect me life down the road. Lastly, the idea of thinking of life as a test helps the reader become a better person. This is shown by Richard Carlson explaining that everything you do is a test. He suggests that you have to push yourself through hard times to test what you are capable of. This will make a person stronger because he/she realize the strengths. This idea has affected my life because I now push myself to my full potential. As you can see , this book helped me look at life in a different light, which has made me reflect more on the choices I make. My favorite quote from the book is; &ldquo;whether it be an argument with your spouse, child or boss, a mistake, a lost opportunity, a lost wallet, a work related rejection, a sprained ankle chances are a year from now you aren&rsquo;t going to care&rdquo;(Carlson 46). This is my favorite quote because it clearly shows that you should not let the small things run your life. This quote also says that we should not get upset over the little things in life and look at the big picture and what may come ahead in the future. In conclusion, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants and insightful book about new ways to think about life.
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