Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life Paperback – Jan 16 1997
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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.
From Library Journal
Stress consultant Carlson reads his self-help guide with conviction, his gentle voice clear and persuasive. He presents common-sense advice for living a less hectic and more meaningful, loving life. His essential message is that we get caught up in minutiae, "the small stuff," and never get around to doing what makes us or our loved ones happy. He advises readers to engage in such small acts as paying someone a compliment daily, putting a lid on keeping track of who does what around the house, and writing a letter to a friend. Carlson urges small daily changes and uses examples of improvement from his own life to show how the advice works, making the book ideally suited to the audio format. Tape quality is excellent. Recommended for public libraries.?Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
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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.
You'll want to have a copy on your desk and start the day with one of the many capsules provided Richard Carlson. And despite the simplicity of the advice you will reap big dividends in understanding yourself and others.
"Surrender to the fact that life isn't fair" reads one chapter-heading, "Allow yourself to be bored" is another. Each little bit of wisdom will give you food for thought and provide a way, one issue at a time, of tackling some of the frustrating and self-defeating behavior patterns we all suffer from.
Now, I don't want to tell you to put this little tome on the top of the toilet-tank, but that's exactly what I've done. It's been sitting there for more that a year now and, once a day, I sit down and read one of Carson's two-pagers. And every morning, when I walk out the door, I'm that little bit more prepared to confront both myself and the big, bad world.
Thanks, Richard, for writing this little book of wisdom. I recommend it to anybody and everybody who doesn't have it all figured out yet!
I wouldn't necessarily describe the 100 pieces of advice "meditations" as Amazon does, as that, at least for me, is more of a different process. When I suggest this book to patients, I tell them to read a couple of the topics, and then practice putting them into action. Sometimes it takes sitting down and thinking about them, but the change is in the action, not just reading the book.
What I don't like about the book is that it is has religious tones to some of the topics. I would have preferred a non-denominational book so that all of the topics are relevant to individuals of all religious beliefs. That beings said, they are few and far between and do not tend to take away from the overall benefit of the book.
Reading these pieces of advice and putting them into practice is a great first step to shifting your perspective in terms of how you look at stress, and how your prioritize what needs to be worried about, and what doesn't.
Dr. Carlson writes from experience garnered in over a decade as a practicing therapist. From these experiences he has developed a set of suggestions on how to cope with the stresses and annoyances of life. He doesn't try to analyze anyone, he just makes suggestions that one can use if they seem applicable.
There are so many useful strategies in the book that I can't begin to cover them all, so I will summarize a few that I found helpful.
"Choose Your Battles Wisely": In this section he advises us not to make a big deal out of things or persons with which we are at cross purposes. Most confrontations are both an unnecessary waste of time and damaging to relationships, usually over meaningless issues. Just let them go, he advises.
"See The Innocence": Here he tells us that when we are frustrated or irritated by something that someone says or does, we should look for the innocence behind the behavior. If we do, we'll probably find out that the we, ourselves, are the cause of our upset.
"Choose Being Kind Over Being Right": Here he suggests that, in most cases, who is right and who is wrong just isn't important. There's no need to always be right, so just ignore the opportunity to correct people.Read more ›
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Everyone should read this, there something for all of us to relate to and come to realize, we sweat some of the small stuff for really no reason!Published 18 days ago by SG
Sensible, full of good common sense. Knew a lot of the advice, but still learned a few things so worth it. PPublished 9 months ago by Moonstruck
This book changed my outlook on life. This book is written in very short, easily digestible chapters. You can read for just a few minutes and then pick it up again later. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kelly S
A simple guide with tips for being more patient, kind, and mindful.Published 16 months ago by A. Morris
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