You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles for Keeping Life in Perspective [NOOK Book]

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With this simple and practical guide, Dr. Carlson shows us how to be happy now, before we solve our problems. By understanding five principles - Thought, Moods, Separate Realities, Feelings, and the Present Moment - we can discover a new mode of living that doesn't repress natural emotions, yet where feelings and thoughts don't overwhelm us either. You Can Be Happy No Matter What is a navigational tool that gently guides readers through life's challenges and restores the joy of ...
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Overview

With this simple and practical guide, Dr. Carlson shows us how to be happy now, before we solve our problems. By understanding five principles - Thought, Moods, Separate Realities, Feelings, and the Present Moment - we can discover a new mode of living that doesn't repress natural emotions, yet where feelings and thoughts don't overwhelm us either. You Can Be Happy No Matter What is a navigational tool that gently guides readers through life's challenges and restores the joy of living along the way.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Carlson offers insight into how to maintain a healthy psychological state, defining this "natural state" as happiness, contentment, and gratitude, where one can come from a place of wisdom when facing life's challenges. The author describes five aspects that affect psychological health: thinking, moods, feelings, separate realities, and living in the present. He clearly explains how he believes these aspects foster or adversely affect one's happiness. His practical suggestions include recognizing that thoughts are not reality, refusing to act while in a low mood, and using feelings to monitor moods and thoughts, which are particularly useful in keeping relationships of all kinds in balance. The one flaw with the program is that Carlson is too dismissive of therapy as a tool, characterizing it as keeping people "stuck" in bad psychological habits. Since he offers more balanced evaluations of other tools available to help people, this refusal to balance the view of therapy is glaring. This shortcoming in an otherwise helpful program does not negate the usefulness of Carlson's own suggestions. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Kathleen A. Sullivan, Phoenix P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Yoga Journal
A needed counterbalance to the therapy junkie's tendency to wallow in "processing" while life's beauty passes by. -- Yoga Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577311645
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 87,494
  • File size: 180 KB

Meet the Author

Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
In 1997, Richard Carlson, Ph.D., published a little book that became a big phenomenon. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and It's All Small Stuff was an instant bestseller, spawning a line of Don't Sweat books that cover everything from motherhood to money matters.

Biography

Richard Carlson, whose Ph.D. is in psychology, is considered one of the foremost experts in happiness and stress-reduction around the world. He is the author of fifteen popular books including the runaway bestseller, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff, which was named the No. 1 bestselling book in America for two consecutive years, a feat never before achieved in publishing.

Dr. Carlson has become a worldwide phenomenon as well. His books appear in over 100 countries, resulting in over 40 million people worldwide reading one of the books in the Don't Sweat series. In 1997, he was chosen by People magazine as one of the most intriguing people to watch in the world and has been a popular guest on shows such as The View, Oprah, Today, and CNN.

Author biography courtesy of Hyperion Books.

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

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Pt. I The Principles
1 The Principle of Thought 3
2 The Principle of Moods 27
3 The Principle of Separate Realities 39
4 The Principle of Feelings 49
5 The Principle of the Present Moment 59
Pt. II Applying the Principles
6 Relationships 75
7 Stress 93
8 Solving Problems 107
9 Happiness 121
10 Habits and Addictions 131
11 A Checklist for Your Life 137
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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    If You Can Only Buy One

    This is the single best self-help book I have ever found. I moderate grief and loss groups related to ended relationships: widows, widowers and divorced/separated folks. This is the one book that helps any and all of those folks. Simple principles that work.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

    I am buying my 5th copy of this book

    This book is so simple, so down to earth and so helpful to anyone on a spititual or emotional journey that I am constantly giving it away to friends who find themselves in a place of turmoil and for some reason I never get it back. It's a book to keep and to re-read anytime life begins to get a little cloudy. I have read it dozens of times myself and those I give it to always want to hang on to it. I find the chapter on seperate realities one of my most quoted. I cannot recommend this book enough. It can be read in a day and it will be re-read for years.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2008

    I Wish everyone would read this book.

    After going through a series of life changing events including a divorce that I did not want, I found myself hopeless that I would ever be remotely happy again. I had read several 'self-help' books that only helped me dwell on my situation. Desperate for help I put the audio version of this book on my ipod and listened to it anytime I was in my car. It has made such a difference for me. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

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    This is a life changing book.

    This book was recommended to me during a low period of my life and it was instrumental in helping me get back on track. The principles are simple. If you only take away one thing from this book it's that you are the one in control of your thinking and it's up to you if you are going to use it as a weapon against yourself or not.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Recommended Reading

    very easy to read and quite to the point. I enjoyed reading this book and its straight forward approach

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