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Learning Not to Sweat the Small Stuff is Endearing When you Read This Book

  • Jun 18, 2010

The late Richard  Carlson's timeless self-help book Don't Sweat the Small Stuff—and It's All Small Stuff  is an endearing, heart-felt  compilation of suggestions and advice that can help people avoid letting inconsequential things from ruining their lives.

One of Carlson's most endearing suggestions includes challenging us to value even the smallest things in life as they were the most important. This challenge is even more poignant these days when you realize that Richard Carlson died in December, 2006 of a pulmonary embolism.

Another endearing suggestion that Richard passes on to readers is that it's okay to take things on one at a time. This may sound silly, but Carlson reminds us that doing things one thing at a time is one of the best ways to reduce stress because it can make it easier to manage our daily lives. Perhaps this is one reason why the Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series is one of the best-selling self-help series of all time?

This self-management concept is gently constructed throughout Don't Sweat the Small Stuff through Carlson's use of witticisms and friendly explanations that help readers learn how to apply his suggestions towards leading a calmer lifestyle. This makes reading Don't Sweat the Small Stuff such a joy that you tend to forget that you can also learn many lessons about self-control that are valuable and more important than effort.

As a result, Richard Carlson's best effort can help readers learn how to gain self-control if they take the time to read and apply Carlson’s  gentle suggestions into their daily routines. 

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June 18, 2010
This sounds like a great book that reminds everyone to keep things in perspective. Just shared this twitter so that others can be informed of these concepts as well. Thanks for the great review!
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Quick Tip by . June 27, 2010
Pithy good advice for a bad day but nothing you didn't already know, just need to remember when your perspective is getting you down.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
good book to have around
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Pretty good!
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
I am not much of a self-help book person, but I like the philosophy this one promotes.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
It all sounds great, but it's not always easy to remember!
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
If you're a free-thinker, be sure to give this book a chance before you think it's a bunch of bunk. Carlson's simple and direct advice is hartfelt enough that it's worth having a go at.
Quick Tip by . September 29, 2009
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Entertaining & enlightening. A book full of wisdom. A good read!
review by . August 14, 2004
This small book was a number one bestseller for it seems like forever in the late `90s. It is a collection of small bits of advice on how to stay stress free and not to "sweat the small stuff." It's nicely written and provides a lot of food for thought on how not to stress out over things that, in the scheme of things, are not that important. Stress causes a lot of illness and health problems, which is partially the point of the book. By following some of this sage advice one can live a healthier …
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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.
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ISBN-10: 073380084X
ISBN-13: 978-0786881857
Author: Richard Carlson
Genre: Business & Investing, Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Hyperion
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