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    1. 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 Series)
    by Richard Carlson
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    Asin: 0786881852
    Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
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    Sales Rank: 1874
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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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. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Sweat it..It Probably Ain't Worth It
    A friend of mine suggested I get this book recently. I felt stressed in a number of areas in my life and when I started reading this I understood why she suggested it to me. Some of Carlson's thoughts and exercises are great and good reminders of what the real priorities in life are about. Learning to "let go" or thinking about the overall picture. I was worried about whether a relationship I'm in would work out or not and I thought of the "Will this really matter a year from now" exercise. And also the chapter on "The Snowball Effect of Your Thinking." A lot of the things in here are kind of common sense, but we never stop to think about these ideas. Things like "Choosing Your Battles Wisely" or "Becoming a Better Listener" just for example.

    This book is truly one about ways to improve your life as well as being able to step back, take a deep breath and enjoy life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A little gem of wisdom
    I'm the kind of person that has a hard time living in the moment, always planning and worrying about what I have to do next. I really liked the laid-back, relaxed writing of this author and the profound and simple truths we all seem to miss from day to day. "Stop and smell the roses" is what this book is really trying to say. I like a book I can pick up and read a few pages and feel refreshed. I work at a public library and have recommended this volume to many patrons. We have a reserve list a mile long, and can't keep any copies on the shelf. My favorite chapter was "Pretend you are at your own funeral." That really said a lot to me and I'm really trying to apply some of the simple truths of this great little book to my daily life. Bravo!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars How to Survive the Bay Area
    I found this book a quick read. It's not a particularly deep book but it does have some practical advice for keeping things in perspective (a very good thing when one is unemployed and trying to provide for one's family). The bit that fascinated me the most is that the author is from the Bay Area so some of his specific examples hit very close to home.

    5-0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING
    This book is valuable to ANYONE. Sometimes we are so busy with life that we tend to let the littlest things bother us, when all we should be doing is enjoy what we have. If you just take one or two things from this book, it will enhance your life. This book is excellent!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Get the book, not the daily calendar
    I just threw this calendar away (and it's only Feb.). Half the page is taken up with lines to write on with the text and date very small. Buy the book instead - really good stuff but poor design for a day-to-day calendar. ... Read more


    2. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff at Work : Simple Ways to Minimize Stress and Conflict While Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Others (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Series)
    by Richard Carlson
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    Asin: 0786883367
    Catlog: Book (1999-01-06)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars This is a nice book for all working people.
    I received this book from U.S. and decided to translate it to my language (Farsi). I think it's a nice book for all working people and it should be bought by all the employers, in order to use by all the workers and employees and even the employers. It gives a sense of freedom and relaxation to all of us (who are working with somebody else.) I would like to thank Dr. Carlson for his nice book. (SORRY FOR MAKING MISTAKE IN GRAMMER AND DICTATION). SOHEILA M.RAZAVI

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Investment in Your Career
    Let me first express that I typically have great condescension for most "self-help"-type books. Most of them seem very intent on getting one to do yoga or meditation or breathing exercises....activities I'm just not naturally inclined to do. This book, in contrast, suggests improved perspectives and outlooks. So, it is "intellectual" in that way, rather than the typical "touchy-feely." It provides gentle, insightful wisdom into modifying the only things you can control: your own outlook, your own behavior. Quite frankly, I'm very impressed by this Richard Carlson. This book was exactly what I needed to help me through a very negative phase of my career as a government lawyer, with bizarre stressors coming from every direction, including judges, opposing attorneys, and peers. I can't say this book made me glad that I became a lawyer, but it helped quell the storm. This book is written so that virtually anyone can understand it, and yet it contains brilliant insights and what I would have to almost call "ultimate truths." Some of them are so obvious that it's disconcerting I couldn't identify them by myself; others are more transcendental, and Carlson very sagely unveils the phenomenon and associated principles.

    I think anyone in a stressful work environment would benefit from reading this book. I read it very closely and highlighted about half the book. I know it will take some time for me to assimilate all of the suggestions, but this book planted the seeds and should surely help me cope better in the future with work-related difficulties.

    You should be forewarned: you'll probably realize a lot of your stress is self-induced. I found myself cringing with the sudden realization of several self-destructive behaviors which I've had through the years. I think you need to be particularly open to effectuating personal change and breaking out of bad habits. For example, I never previously thought of myself as a "back-stabber"; instead I thought of myself as a rhetorically amusing and insightful critic and identifier of "office realities." Carlson really sensitized me as to the need to be circumspect about any kind of negative commentary about others, bearing in mind that whatever one says about someone or something is inevitably going to be spun by office gossips into the most negative light conceivable. That results in tension and resentment and stress. I now try to reserve my commentary (usually humorous anecdotes) about co-workers, etc. to acquaintances far outside my office. He also really brought home to me the principle of the destructive effect of complaining and griping about one's job; all that is accomplished is that one's negative view is reinforced, emphasized, perhaps even exaggerated by those other parts of your mind that hear you complaining. It becomes a vicious, snow-balling cycle of discontent. I suspect a lot of people intuitively think of it as "ventilating" one's frustrations and being helpful as such. I try now to not complain (in my case it was about boredom and the lack of professional growth). This has freed me up to seek out a remedies both inside and outside my employment scenario.

    But, I cite the above only as examples. Carlson lays his recommendations out in 100 small chapters. I would say I learned something very useful from about 80 of them. I am very confident the long-term professional benefits will be significant. We're living in a very stressful time and a stressful culture. Focusing on the art of managing stress is almost mandatory if you want to thrive.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time or Money
    The book was short on practical suggestions and long on worthless "reprogam your own mind to accept the situation" advice. I'll save you reading the 384 pages. Don't worry, be happy.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A few nice snippets on how to minimize stress at work
    Dr. Carlson's book provides some keen insights on how to reduce stress when employeed by a large corporation, or for those shackled to a cubicle for eight hours at a go. While helpful overall, the book is less beneficial to those employeed in the retail sector or other public service areas, where dealing with cranky customers and unmotivated staff seems to be the prevailing problems.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, applicable, and timeless...
    The "Don't Sweat" series provides the reader with tools to organize and prioritize ones life. With the many different pressures placed upon us in our lives, Carlson hits home with this short read regarding the balance between our worklives and our homelife.

    Broken into extremely small chapters only one to three pages long, it is easy to take some time out and read a few chapters -- appealing to even the busiest of schedules.

    The only caveat is that one might be bored by the continual emphasis of the same points over and over again. ... Read more


    3. Don't Sweat The Small Stuff For Teens
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    Asin: 0786885971
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-06)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    Richard Carlson has written numerous books encouraging folks not to"sweat the small stuff", and his title for teens is as warm, wise, and witty ashis previous works. His tone is one of an older family friend who manages toadvise while still maintaining the minimum level of coolness that teens requirefrom those who intend to guide them into adulthood.

    With 100 different chapters, each just a few pages in length, this littlebook works especially well as a bedside companion or tucked in a backpack forthe morning commute to school. Each chapter is devoted to a single, simple ideasuch as "trust your inner signals" and "root for the underdog," and plenty ofreal-life examples from teens are used to illustrate principles. In the secondchapter, a teen volunteering at an animal shelter is used to show how just oneperson can make a difference, as she takes the time for one more phone call thatresults in saving a dog's life. The concepts are appropriate for both early highschool students and new graduates--who doesn't need an occasional reminder to"be ok with your bad hair day"? Incorporating sports, theater, literature, videogames, teachers, and parents into stories make these examples accessible to kidsof all interests, and a sprinkling of tales from the author's own teenage yearsadds an effective personal note. With plenty of suggestions for addingactivities into a teen's life--volunteer opportunities in particular--your childmay even feel encouraged to seek out new forms of positive expression simply forthe joy of the activity, rather than the old standbys of "my friends are doingit" or "I need it to get into college." --Jill Lightner ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great For Any Teen
    When I first got this book I looked at it as another book with an adult telling you useless ways to keep your cool in weird situations. Then one day I picked it up and I was amazed. The write of this seems to understand our life and doesn't lecture us about how we blow things out of proportion. All the chapters pertained to me and really helped me not to stress out so much. I think I am now a better friend and person from it. He (Richard Carlson, author) really shows us good examples and you remember things from the book as you go. I suggest this for every teen.

    4-0 out of 5 stars STRESS REDUCTION FOR TEENS
    If you're "stressed out" and would like to look at ways to be a happier more contented person, you may find something in these pages that ring true for you. The book title indicates "for teens", but anyone could benefit from some of the author's suggestions. For example, when someone is talking, avoid the words, "I know."; or "dare to show enthusiam. Be a volunteer in your community-- find something that you really enjoy doing and do it! - Don't infect your friends with negative thoughts if you're in a low mood.-- Instead of making unkind, caustic comments, stay away from those close to you until you feel better; that way, you don't have to feel guilty, make apologies or re-ignite your stress worrying about any inappropriate hurtful words you might have used --Try some meditation or contemplation or yoga exercises to be more relaxed." Richard Carlson's hypothesis is- if you don't get stressed out about the small things, then dealing with more complex issues becomes easier. The book offers advice without lecturing and the topics are brief. One could read a few pages daily. Highly recommended reading. Quite inspirational, and not just for teens. Contains practical information for anyone

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best advice I've ever been given!
    I admit, this was lying on my shelf for two years before I picked it up (almost). Being somewhat hard-headed, I never accepted that someone could tell me how to make life easier. But Mr. Carlson's methods and exmaples put his 100 tips into perspective... and reality. Although not all his examples are good, the principles have certainly helped me through a lot of stressful times, including keeping my cool in arguments with my boyfriend & family. It's a definite must-read for any teenager, and even parents.

    4-0 out of 5 stars *~ Some helpful Tips in this Book*~
    I liked this book~ It was easy to read in 101 sections divided up. The only thing I think this book lacked was a teenager's point of view. Unlike Chicken Soup, Teen Love, and Teen Ink, a grown man is writing these tips. He had some good advice but I think some of the tips couldve been made fresher by having some kind of teenager input. Other than that theres many valuable lessons in this book and Richard Carlson did a good job (even if he is grown and not a teenager himself.) I suggest you read it! I'm sure you'll get some kind of help or advice outta it~

    5-0 out of 5 stars much needed
    Being the uncle of an out-of-control teen with siblings I felt obligated to provide them with whatever I could without appearing overly concerned. This book fit the bill perfectly. All four kids have read it, each one commenting on it differently. I wish the school system was conscious enough to have "living life" classes in addition to the 3 Rs, you know something that helps kids with real-world issues they face. ... Read more


    4. You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles Your Therapist Never Told You
    by Richard Carlson
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    Asin: 1577310640
    Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
    Publisher: New World Library
    Sales Rank: 5957
    Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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    By understanding five key principles - Thought, Moods, Separate Realities, Feelings, and the Present Moment - we can discover a new mode of living that doesn't repress natural emotions nor allow us to become overwhelmed by feelings and thoughts. We are raised to believe our happiness depends on outside circumstances. Yet Carlson shows that happiness has nothing to do with forces beyond our control. In fact, our natural state is contentment. He teaches us how to recognize that state and do everything we can to foster it. From the author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, You Can Be Happy No Matter What is a navigational tool that guides listeners through life's trials and restores the joy of living along the way. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is Self Help at Its BEST!
    Ever felt like depression and negativitity were swamping all the happiness out of your life? Then read this book before you turn to Prozac. When I first found this book, back in 1997, I instantly recognized myself in Dr. Carlson's descriptions of the way thoughts can play through one's head and cause you to act in reactionary, emotional ways when one is experiencing what he calls a "low mood." He teaches readers, though, through a step by step process, how to return once again, to a state of "healthy psychological functioning." This book is NOT another "positive thinking" book. No, it is one of the most profound little books you'll ever pick up. It teaches you how to recognize "low moods" and to avoid action during low moods. It shows how to return to "normal functioning." After reading the book version several times a year for the last couple of years, I recently bought a two-tape audio version of this book, which is read by the author, and allows me to review the book's key principles whenever I feel a low mood setting in for too long. Not just a book. A great mental health tool.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Mood Change Upon Reading
    It's amazing, after each turn of a page, you feel better and better. This book literally saved my mind! My mood is so much improved and after dealing with depression and medication for it, this is a gift from God. I especially liked the chapter on improving relationships. Just wish I had this book before my last serious love relationship which ended in a bitter break up. I can see where I went wrong and how I contributed to it's failure. But, like the book teaches, I choose not to dwell in past hurts or disappointments and instead choose to live in the present moment! I believe Dr. Carlson has a gift from God and knows just how to articulate it to be so simple and understandable. Although I've never met the author, I consider him a good friend. Thank you so much Richard.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Natural State of Mind verses Habitual Thought Patterns
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    What a wonderful book!! Ultimately, it is the ability to leave the habitual thought patterns, that of analytical thinking and contemplative efforts to the state of thoughtless non-activity, which Carlson calls the "Natural State of Mind." This is truly the place where peace and happiness always exists, always in the present moment regardless of external circumstances.

    Carlson calls this a new teaching and labels the area outside of the habitual thought patterns an area called the Natural State of Mind. While this may be true, it has been known for thousands of years, such as in the Gita and the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, which Osho so profoundly expounds upon. The only difference is the two opposing forces are those of the mind and the consciousness/the no-mind, as the mind itself is the disease. Regardless of how you wish to interpret it teaching is basically the same. One place is of thoughts and computer analytical deductions and interpretations, the other is the area of peace and thoughtless, relaxed wisdom. If you can come to the awareness that your mind is not you, but habitual patterns of thought that can both benefit you greatly and detrimentally disturb you - depending on how you use it - then you can obtain the ability to leave the mind and rest in the consciousness or natural state and find happiness despite ALL external circumstances. It is an amazingly profound concept.

    Carlson's comments on moods, feelings and separate realities are equally profound in that our thinking derives from our self accumulated perceptions, our perceptions derive from our thinking patterns and our feelings from our thinking. Our moods, once recognized with our awareness of our mind separate from our natural state can then be tolerated and taken far less seriously, enabling us to both endure and patiently wait until such moods pass over. This is the power we obtain when we can be objective, an objectivity that comes with the ability to enter our natural state of mind (no-mind) and understand our thoughts that are clouding our decisions are from the lower areas of habitual thought patterns.

    I can't write like Carlson, or like Osho, but am so grateful to both men and many other authors, psychologists, writers, masters and so forth. I've read this book a dozen times and it's never old, always valuable. Far more valuable than relying on a perceived religious book of absolutes, when in effect, it is the mind and the consciousness (the natural state of mind or the no-mind) that one must discover to find peace, not the other way around.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Excellant information, Dry presentation
    I must admit the information in this program is exceptional. It brings to light common mistakes we all make in recognizing the differance between what is real and what is thought. Sadly the down side of this program is that the delivery of the information is dry and boring. Its actually hard to listen to more than one or two chapters at a time. I think you would be better served if you got the paperback book or if you really want to study this line of thinking on CD. try the CD's from Dr. Wayne Dyer. He keeps you up and motivated with a very well done presentation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars All the info you need to be happy.
    All the info you need to be happy is contained in this book. Individual thought patterns are explained through out the book,how are emotions control are thoughts and how we make decisions based on the emotions we are experiencing controled by thought patterns. The decision to be happy or upset or angry are the results of thoughts. If we learn to control are thoughts or rather do not make decisions until are thought patterns are in the right frame of mind we could live a happier life. It seems difficult to change thought patterns when you are highly upset or angry,but with patience and persistence,thoughts can be controled to a happier way of thinking. ... Read more


    5. You Can Feel Good Again: Common-Sense Therapy for Releasing Depression and Changing Your Life
    by Richard Carlson
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Should clearly be a 5-star book, except for one thing....
    I have read all the other reviews. They are right on target; essentially this is a 5+ star book. However, like nearly all self-help books, the author repeats and repeats and repeats simple concepts (new maybe, revolutionary to the field, perhaps, but simple to understand).

    The basic premise is that one's thinking when it is askew gets one into trouble with depression, etc. Simple, true, great explantions, but the book could clearly have been half the size.

    The case studies are informative and break the monotony.

    I highly recommend this book, but you can skip through most of it, and more importantly start practicing the principles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you've lost your smile you'll find it here!
    After a bad break-up, when I was stuck in the "I-Can't-stop-thinking-about-him" mindset, I picked up this book. After 3 months of crying, this book was like a breath of fresh air. It makes complete sense and helped me find my smile again. Now it does sort of say the same thing about 9 different ways, but this is why it works! It really works and must be read cover to cover. I've even bought this book for friends when they were low. I still use the ideas from this book everyday, and haven't lost my smile since.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read this book and keep on re-reading it
    Dr Carlson has written many self-help books aimed at helping us to find the stable state of happiness that naturally exists within us all. He has now written this book specifically for those of us who suffer from depression. The book contains practical truths that are so obvious that most of us miss them or at least bypass them in the rush of our everyday lives. If you are suffering from depression this book will help immensely. Richard Carlson will show you how your state of depression is as much perpetuated by your own thinking as it is by any chemical imbalance that may or may not exist. I have read this book at the same time as receiving treatment with an SSRI anti-depressant (Cipralex). While I am unsure if the SSRI has benefited me at all after 6 weeks, I am certain that this book has changed my outlook completely after two weeks and that it continues to do so more and more with each re-reading. If I allow myself to slip back into my old ways of thinking, the severity of my depression rapidly returns. The good news is that it just as rapidly alleviates when I get back on track with my thinking. The book is simple to read and may seem repetitious. However, if you are one of Dr Carlson's target audience of sufferers from depression you should read this book and keep on re-reading it. You will find that on each re-reading something will leap out at you with greater meaning than it did before. I have highlighted many sentences so that I can rapidly re-read them, and have noted down the keywords on the title page. This way I can pull myself back on track quickly. The approach takes some work to put into practice but there is nothing as hard work as being in a depressed state. The hard work, by the way, is only in terms of changing your habitual modes of thinking, it does not involve making lists and analysing things as do many cognitive (i.e. thinking) approaches such as that found in Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns. I have found Dr Burns's book to be of some use also, mainly because it has helped me to identify particular types of cognitive distortion that help perpetuate depressive illness. This enables me to more accurately recognise when I should dismiss my thoughts, as Dr Carlson recommends in his approach. If you are depressed, low, angry, resentful, dissatisfied, unfulfilled, stressed, hurried, fearful or just not happy most of the time then read this book and keep re-reading it. I only wish this book had been available when I was aged twenty rather than forty.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for the depressed, but for anyone who thinks...
    This is a life changing book. It shows how our thoughts create our perception of life. Our perception of life is our experience of life. It doesn't go overboard and claim their is no objective reality outside our thoughts, as some new age teachings do. However, it does say that it's not the circumstances of our lives, but our reactions to them. It does repeat it's central ideas several times, but sometimes it takes a while for something to sink in. I really liked the chapter on wisdom. My only problem with this book is the subtitle, because I read this book when I wasn't depressed and still got tons out of it. It could be read by anyone who wants to think optimally and discover happiness in life. I am only writing this review, because I have the hope that someone might read it and get solid info about living a better life. Carlson is influenced in his writing by a school of psychology called Psychology of Mind. Psychology of Mind is based on the concepts originally presented by Sydney Banks. I think this is the most clearly written of the Psychology of Mind books. However, if you read this book and like it I would reccomend any of the books from the Psychology of Mind authors (e.g Wisdom Within by Roger Mills, Divorce Is Not The Answer by George Pransky). Also check out Sydney Banks website and books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!
    Never has something I've read had such an impact on my life as this book has. In fact, I would never have imagined that a book could have this much impact on my life! ... Read more


    6. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Women : Simple and Practical Ways to Do What Matters Most and Find Time for You
    by Kristine Carlson
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Protecting Yourself From the Irritations of Life
    How do women become so wise and resilient? And why do we sweat the small stuff so much? Is there some balance, some moment when you realize that most of it is all small stuff?

    Kristine Carlson is married to Richard Carlson and together they show great insight into the everyday life. Their books can seriously start to change your life if you use the principles they present in these easy-to-read compact books. I especially like their "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love" book and I think it helped me improve my own relationship considerably by making me realize that one of the most important needs humans have is to be listened to. I had never really thought about what the other person needed in conversation, always so busy jabbering on. Wow, that was quite a revelation to me and it changed my entire view of conversation.

    Expect real revelations from these books. They are more than enlightening. Sometimes a simple awareness of an issue can trigger an entire thinking pattern that will help you make changes. When reading this book a highlighter is essential!

    Kristine discusses why you should set aside time every morning to reflect. See, that is a good excuse to spend a little time in the morning chatting online? Right? Ok, well I think that she actually meant spending time alone thinking about your day.

    As you move into your day, you try to get organized and at times the entire day feels like it is falling apart. Have you noticed that if you pick up the house in the morning, the entire day is more enjoyable? Kristine gives herself an hour each morning to clear the path of her day. She spends time each morning organizing her life. I loved her thought about laundry. A gentleman she met makes folding clothes a Zen meditation. Ok, so I am not burning candles while I fold towels, but I try not to be as stressed about it all.

    Some of her ideas include:

    Make Peace with The Mundane - Sometimes life just IS.
    Ground Your Energy in Nature - Take a walk in the evening.
    Protect Your Inner Flame - Nurture yourself.

    Plan an Inspiration Flow Day - Just go with the flow...oh, what fun this type of day is. It is very freeing and you do just what occurs to you. I write the most reviews on these types of days. They might include reading a great book, watching a movie, sitting outside with the cats, making dinner, writing in a journal, exercising. On other days, you might feel like just leaving the house for most of the day and forgetting about that load of laundry, those dishes, etc. Just escaping can be most freeing.

    Walk Through Open Doors - A positive attitude shows you more open doors.

    Let Go of "Perfect" Plans - have a sense of humor when things don't work instead of crying your eyes out. Dissapointment is so hard to take when you have very high expectations.

    Climb Your Mountain One Step at a Time - set goals, but take it one step at a time.

    Save Pot Stirring for Cooking Dinner (I really liked that one!)
    Gather and Let Go
    Define Your Small Stuff

    This is a collection of essays that will inspire you and you will learn to appreciate people in your life, swallow your anger, take time for yourself and nurture your friendships.

    Use this as a way to make your own list of things you want to change in your life.

    Then:

    Go run in a rain puddle
    Light Candles while you watch a movie
    Think about Beautiful Moments
    Start a Journal
    Say something inspirational to a friend
    Tell someone in your life you love them
    Let some things go, don't obsess so much (ok, but it is hard to do!)

    Define what is not really important then imagine it drifting away on a small boat, down the river in front of you. After all, who has time for all that baggage.

    Read this book to help you see the really important things in life.

    Great Insight! You might even want to buy a few copies for
    all your friends. That reminds me to add a few to my
    wish list!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Happier Women
    This cheerful book aims to make us stop and smell--if not roses--whatever is sitting in front of our noses. It is just like the other series of "Don't Sweat" books but with a women-minded twist. It offers meditations designed to make us appreciate our lives, keep our emotions in perspective, and cherish other people. I also highly recommend "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom" by Taro Gold. If we all followed the guidance in these books, we would be happier, more harmonious women.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Lightweight Advice
    Well-meaning, I suppose, but very lightweight advice. Take a hot bath. Breathe deeply. Drink decaffinated tea. Please. Nothing new here. A nice little book for someone who's pretty oblivious to the world around them. Sorry to be jaded; but nothing here that would seriously stop the sweating! Maybe it would stop mild perspiration, but not real sweat!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air!
    Do you let all the small stuff in your life make you miserable? Are you ready to look at your "issues" about cleanliness, perfection & being stoic? When you get upset, does it last forever?

    Thanks to our foremothers, we women have, for the most part, never had it so good! We have more independence, options & conveniences - so why are we sweating our way through our rich, full lives?

    As Kristine Carlson writes in her Introduction: "...when Richard asked me to write solo for the first time...part of me wanted to hightail it as fast as I could in the other direction!...I knew, after some contemplation, that this would be a challenge and a part of my own spiritual journey that I simply could not refuse..."

    It's all common sense & as we so well know, we women must have permission - Kristine Carlson gives us that in timely essays about everything imaginable from getting down & dirty to letting go of our perfect plans; from protecting our inner flame to saying no without feeling guilty. Wondering what to give this summer's Brides? This one is perfect! Enjoy the essays, connect the dots & Don't Sweat the Small Stuff! ... Read more


    7. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love
    by Kristine Carlson, Kristine Carlson
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    Asin: 0786884207
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-18)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 10638
    Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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    Now available in paperback!The New York Times bestselling authors show readers how to feel like newlyweds every day.

    He's helped 12 million people reduce the stress at home and at work. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson with Kristine, his wife of 14 years bring us a simple, stress-free approach to love. While depression, heartache, and anger are associated with love relationships, stress is rarely identified as a problem. Yet we all have concerns about our most important relationships. In one hundred brief, beautifully written essays, the authors show readers how not to overreact to a loved one's criticism, how to appreciate your spouse in new ways, how to get past old angers, and many other ways to improve and increase the joy and pleasure that can and should be part of any relationship. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Conflict Resolution Tactics 101
    Normally I don't go in for touchy-feely books like this. However my current relationship started off pretty rocky, with reincarnations of the problems I'd had in other relationships. I was getting tired of running into the same walls with the women in my life over and over again. It then occured to me that even though I was a nice/polite guy and all, I might need a change in my approach/tactics to conflict resolution and stuff like that, in terms of relationships. I tripped across this book, and decided 'oh, what the hell' and read it. Amazing stuff.

    This book isn't about "how to put up with your partner's crap." Instead, it really helped me with "tactics" in dealing with an argumentative/difficult partner (not abusive, just difficult)... but not in a way that was hostile, or where I was trying to 'win' or have 'control' or whatever. No, rather, it showed me ways that I could modify my own behavior and attitudes to come out with a win/win for both of us. I'm really happy I read it.

    The chapters written by Kristine Carlson weren't nearly as helpful to me as those written by Richard Carlson. These chapters seem to have a more 'for the ladies' slant to them, but they aren't very numerous (I'd say that overall the book is 80% written by Richard Carlson), and they do bring a bit of a different perspective at least.

    After reading this, I went back and read it AGAIN. The second time I took out a highlighter and highlighted 1-6 lines in each chapter that were, what I perceived to be, the 'main message' of each. Now whenever I find myself feeling impatient or annoyed with my relationship, I pick up the book, scan through the highlights, and I'm quickly reminded about how to handle the relationship in a loving/responsible way. Huge return on money/time investment with this one!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Covers So Many Topics
    This book is fantastic, buy it! The topics cover everything from how to keep workday stress from affecting your marriage to making the "fresh start commitment." Whether there is something that you feels needs to be fixed or you just want to read something positive, this book covers it. I'm going to get some of the other books in the series because of this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read it!
    This book helped me turn around a dying relationship...I had been making mistakes and causing destruction that I never realized...doing everything else except simply being a loving and pleasant partner...now things are more amazing than they ever were and all I had to do was change my perspective and my priorities. Reading it and seeing the results of applying the advice has inspired me to seek personal growth in all arenas of my life.

    I only regret not having read it sooner.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book and series
    My husband and I started with the first book Don't sweat the small stuff because both of our jobs were the kind were all we did was listen to other people complain and it really gets into your relationship. We loved this book especially. We sit in bed and each read a chapter and then talk about it. Not only are we spending quiet time together but we get to talk about things that you might not ordinarily bring up but you will let build up. I highly recommend it and the other's in the series.

    4-0 out of 5 stars No sweat, but not all sweetness either.
    My favorite chapter: Don't Continue Doing the Same Things and Expect a Different Result. Need I say more about the valuable stuff in this book?

    This is possibly the best of the "Don't Sweat" series and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone, young or old, in a relationship or out of one. It's eye-opening truth. Thanks, Dr. Carlson. ... Read more


    8. Easier Than You Think CD : Small Changes that Add Up to a World of Difference in Life
    by Richard Carlson
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    Asin: 0060794305
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: HarperAudio
    Sales Rank: 51867
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    All of us are looking for ways to take control of our lives, whether in our relationships, our families, our work, our health, or our future plans. Daily challenges have a way of overwhelming us, making life harder than it needs to be. The good news is that the answers are out there. And they are Easier Than You Think.

    In the phenomenal bestseller Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson taught millions of readers how to stop the little things in life from driving them crazy. Now, in Easier Than You Think, Carlson demonstrates how making simple yet effective changes can get our life back on course. With his unique blend of storytelling and advice, Carlson offers proven ways that even the smallest amounts of change can add up to become a fortune of difference in our lives. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Life Doesn't Have to be so Hard
    The subtitle really fits the book (Small Changes That Add Up to a World of Difference).In less than 200 pages, and small pages at that, Carlson gives easy adjustments for people to make in their lives.They may seem a bit simplistic at first, but that's what makes them work.Don't divorce your wife, change your job or make other huge changes, then find out life is still a rat race and you are still unhappy.
    Some of the changes involve attitudes.Stop negative thinking.Pause before making a decision to think, "Is this what I've always done or what I really want?"Be kind to yourself.Recognize your stress triggers.Start a "rainy day" fund. Make a small difference in someone's life everyday.
    There are 39 of these recommended changes.It seems to me that instituting even one or two would give immediate relief to someone overworked and stressed out.Gradually adopting many of these behaviors and ways of thinking could be life altering.
    Yes, they may seem simplistic, but what do you have to lose?Hopefully you will lose a lot of stress that your current behavior brings you.Life doesn't have to be so hard.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
    What a great book at such a good time.Life (in general) seems to be getting more and more stressful and this book gives really shows you that life really is easier than you think.I highly recommend this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT book!
    Richard Carlson has done it again!"Easier Than You Think" is a great new book by Carlson that expands the scope of his previous books, in his classic easy-to-understand manner.Carlson is a genious at presenting deep wisdom and powerful truths about life, in a way that is straight-forward and user-friendly.I love that about him and I love that about this book.I gained so many great new ideas from this book...I am recommending it to my friends and colleagues.I HIGHLY encourage you to buy and read this wonderful book! ... Read more


    9. Slowing Down to the Speed of Life: How To Create A More Peaceful, Simpler Life From the Inside Out
    by Richard Carlson, Josephy Bailey
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    Asin: 0062514547
    Catlog: Book (1998-05-01)
    Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
    Sales Rank: 49042
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This is the book for you if you've ever had the urge to tell off your boss, quit your job, hurl your Palm Pilot into the trash, and move to a farm. Written by bestselling stress consultant and psychotherapist Dr. Richard Carlson Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, it advocates the cultivation of a personal mindfulness and "thought navigation" to foster a sense of mental calmness and increased creativity and productivity.

    With sage tips reminiscent of those in Jon Kabat-Zinn's Wherever You Go, There You Are, Carlson recommends a "Psychology of Mind" approach that involves being fully present in each situation and not letting the attitudes of others ruin your day. This way, your thoughts become more organized--wiser, if you will--and you get more work done without even trying. This time management trick is what he says will improve your life--not a cell phone or an electronic scheduler or a personal assistant. Carlson's advice can be taken to heart, as he's used these techniques to improve his own life. While he was working on his Ph.D., he rose at 4 a.m. and "gulped down ten or fifteen cups of coffee" each day just to get all his work done, and would bristle if family emergencies took him away from his studying.

    Not only does Carlson promise to help boost one's productivity, but he says that relationships and intimacy will improve as well. He maintains that disagreements--at home or at work--are less likely to blow up into full-fledged arguments if you're being calm and levelheaded. "A mind operating at the speed of life can see things as they really are," he writes. "Slowing down gives you needed perspective during times of transition and stress. When you operate at the speed of life and your child desires privacy, you'll probably remember that almost all teenagers go through phases of wanting space from their parents....Rather than take it personally, you'll be able to see the bigger picture. If your mind is moving too quickly, events as well as your own thoughts about events become much larger than they really are."

    For anyone fed up with life's chaos, Slowing Down to the Speed of Life should prove to be an immensely helpful mental health manual. --Erica Jorgensen ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars most helpful self-help book I ever read
    After months of therapy, Prozac, and reading self-help books, I read this one. WOW. I finally understood what the other books were about. This book made it all clear to me at last- how to quiet my mind and be present in the moment! My life was transformed by this incredible book! For the first time in my adult life I know HOW to relax.I do not exagerate when I say that if everyone read this book, the world would be a very different place.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best self help books I've read in a while
    Everyone should read this book. This will help everyone to live a better life. It is easy to understand as his explanation is quite thorough. The title could be a lot better, although you will be experiencing a certain calmness and peace when you become "aware" of the message given here. It will certainly be a blessing in your life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is zen, right?
    I see so many parallels in this book with Zen quotes that I can't help but think this is what Zen is all about. Basically, the authors teach, "Your thoughts are not you!" They say that your sense of being is usually made up of the thoughts you have, and that your feelings and emotions are preceded and created by your thoughts, so nip all your destructive thoughts, and there you have your true self, which they call "the healthy psychological functioning." This "healthy psychological functioning" must be what Zen master Rinzai called "true man" in one of his sermons, where he proclaimed, "On your lump of red flesh is a true man without rank who is always going in and out of the face of every one of you. Those who have not yet experienced him-look! look!" The authors not only provide great analysis on the workings of the mind but also teach a simple but practical way of seeing for yourself the difference between "analytical, past-bound mode" and "non-analytical, free-flowing, present mode." It's interesting the authors seem to be conveying without religious connotations what Buddha taught more than two millenia ago.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "A simple and concise way of life"
    This book just plain made sense. I know, I know, the concepts in it borrow from Buddhism, and yet it was refreshing to read a book which did not have any religious connotations. It is the 'normal' thing to do to analyze everything that comes into our minds, but if we want to have inner peace in our lives and to have a sense of flow, we must not force our thoughts. I spent a long time reading this book because I enjoyed it so much. It is worth the effort to adopt this way of life in order to enjoy life to the fullest.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too repetitive...needs more practical advice
    Do not be mislead by the title. If you are looking for tactics you can use to simplfy your live, you will not find these here. This book talks more to what is happening in you mind. The author contends that we think about things in one of two ways. We either analyze a situation or thought to death or we let the thought come and go. It is when we allow free flow thinking to guide us that we feel less rushed and more in control thus living a simpler life. The ideas in this book make a great deal of sense. However, after reading about three-quarters of the way through, you want solutions to the situations. You want to know what you can do to get into the free flow. There is a lot of theoretical stuff here that gets repeatred time and again, but very little practical advice about how to get to the desired place. ... Read more


    10. The Don't Sweat Guide for Couples : 100 Ways to Be More Intimate, Loving, and Stress-Free in Your Relationship (Don't Sweat Guides)
    by Richard Carlson
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    Asin: 0786887206
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-17)
    Publisher: Don't Sweat Press
    Sales Rank: 46168
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    In today's busy times with work and kids' demands, there often isn't much time left for couples. Yet partners need to nourish their relationships, too. This guide provides innovative yet simple strategies that show couples how to find more time for togetherness; how to avoid arguments; and how not to let the petty things become big conflicts in a relationship. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars LOVE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT!
    As a counsellor, I have heard couples express time and time again, "there just isn't enough time." We all have twenty-four hours in a day; how we choose to spend those hours is our choice. In today's hectic, fast-paced world, we have a lot on our plate. Careers, children, parents, friends, chores, community activities, the list of priorities seems endless. So often we make the mistake of allowing life to control us, rather than taking control over our life and often the people who fall last on the list of priorities are your partner and yourself. Through all our daily turmoil, it is important to remember that happy, fufilling relationships do not just happen, they need to be nourished and tended with loving care so they will continue to flourish and grow.

    As a rule I am not a huge fan of Richard Carlson, simply because his writing style is generally too elementary for my personal taste. That is not to say there is anything materially wrong with his work, no, not by any means, but my personal perference is for material that is more in-depth (perhaps that is the psychologist's nature coming out in me.) This book is common sense, too, but it does offer some very basic ways for couples to improve their relationships and emphasises the importance of spending quality time together as a couple.

    In addition, partners can worry, fume and fret over very inconsequential matters. Harsh words are spoken, tempers flair and before you know it, the trivial matter becomes a full-blown agruement. As Carlson might say, "Don't sweat the small stuff!" Love has a way of bringing out the best and the worst in us. Readers who want to improve their relationships but do not want to get bogged down in a lengthy, mind-absorbing self-help book, will find this book simple, straight forward and easy to read. ... Read more


    11. What About the Big Stuff?
    by Richard Carlson
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    Asin: 0786868848
    Catlog: Book (2002-10)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Finding Strength and Moving Forward When the Stakes Are High.

    From the bestselling author of the Don't Sweat series comes a new book that offers advice on how to deal with life's bigger issues.

    With more than 21 million copies in print, Richard Carlson's bestselling Don't Sweat series has shown countless families, lovers, and workers how not to sweat the small stuff. Now, in his soothing and wise trademark tone, Carlson takes a different approach and discusses life's bigger issues, including dealing with the death of a loved one, how divorce affects your family and friends, confronting illness, whether in yourself or others, and managing difficult financial situations. In chapters such as "Bouncing Back from Divorce," "Finding Life After Death," and "Feel Free to Grieve," Carlson offers healing insight and heartfelt advice on how to find inner peace and strength to deal with the big stuff.

    Don't Sweat the Big Stuff, but instead:

    --Learn from the Big Stuff
    --Grieve Freely
    --Ask Yourself the Question, "Will This Matter a Year from Now?"
    --Reflect on What You're Going to Want to Say -- Before You Need to Say It
    --Prepare and Let Go

    Face the Truth with Loving-Kindness

    I've discovered that our thoughts, fears, and frustrations respond in a remarkably similar way. When they are met head on, face to face, with kindness, they will dissolve and become manageable all by themselves.

    To me, this is the ultimate practice for the big stuff in our lives. We are all going to experience pain and grief. We will be separated from those we love. We will experience change and uncertainty. We will all experience loss, disappointment, and failure.

    The question becomes, what will we do when it happens? To me, the answer is difficult, but simple. When we lose something or someone we love, we will look directly at the pain. That way, instead of the pain coming at us, consuming us, and bombarding us from all directions, sneaking up on us at unexpected times, we will know right where it is because we'll be looking right at it. --Richard Carlson, Ph.D. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars We all learn...
    Thank you Richard for courageously updating your "Small Stuff" book with this book. After reading it I gave it to a friend going through Chemo Therapy.

    There is big stuff in our lives and this book helps us see a light at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars In my top ten, because it actually expanded my mentality.
    The book is not complex analysing too many theories, but extremely accurate to some fundamental common core cause of mental dys functionality and emotional pain in the truly important aspects of living. Richard throughout the 40 individual chapters deals with different subjects in each chapter, giving effective advice on commonly fell problems we all experience in our every day life. Often we are in automatic mental mode, which produces problems in our life without our realising consciously. But with a shift in mentality and wisdom we can change our habitual mental actions and experiences to seriously improve our life.
    One subject Richard points out is your thoughts are not an actual reality which simplistically put is obvious, but with an overcrowded mentality of problems which are often over exaggerated to its worst scenario, we hinder our actual mental and personal health, reducing our IQ and ability to help ourselves. I personally felt the benefits of producing a less stressful and crowded mentality immediately, and managed to sustain this through effort, and rereading the book to reaffirm information and changing my habitual mental actions. With a quieter healthier mentality, your true wisdom is able to function, but you have to have confidence in your ability to know the answers without striving too much.
    If you like myself have read many books on the subjects that you are interested in whether this be educational or entertaining, but even though many may be of a high quality, you usually only narrow this down to a few favourites. I personally have read many psychology books over the last 10 years with this being my favourite subject material, and would place this book in my top ten, because it actually expanded my mentality and true improvement to the quality of my life on completion of reading it.
    We are emotional mental creatures, and we often loose our mental health but with the help of books like this, we can broaden your mentality and actions to improve our lifestyle. Simply put, the book does deal with the big important aspects and values of living and helped you stay healthy and clear, trying to help obtain core fulfilment in your life.
    Alan Davidson

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Carlson!
    If Richard Carlson writes something, I'm going to make it a
    point to read it . . . I loved DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
    and his many books that followed (DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL
    STUFF AT WORK, DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF FOR
    MEN, etc.) . . . his words are simple, yet they make sense . . . and they seem to be written directly to you, as if he were speaking to you on a one-on-one basis.

    His latest, WHAT ABOUT THE BIG STUFF? does just what it promises in the subtitle; i.e., helps you find strength and move forward when the stakes are high . . . the book tackles a range of difficult issues--from illness, death, injury, and
    aging to alcoholism, divorce and financial pressures--but
    does so in a manner that is not preachy . . . I actually felt
    better after reading Carlson's suggestions on handling
    these various situations in a proactive fashion.

    In addition, I liked he got me thinking about how I
    would handle things that might come my way . . . or
    that might be encountered by friends and/or relatives . . . while he doesn't propose glib comebacks, he does give you
    many useful ideas as to responses that might lend comfort
    to those in need of it.

    In reviewing my notes, I'm finding it difficult to choose
    just a few parts to share, which is always a good
    sign . . . but here goes anyway:

    I was sitting with a friend at lunch about ten days after the
    terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. With
    tears in her eyes, she said, "Did you notice that not a single person on any of the hijacked planes who had the opportunity to make a phone call called their stockbroker?" Far from being facetious, she was making an obvious but very important point. When the stakes are high, only one thing matters: love. No one is concerned about their weight or the way they look. They aren't upset that life isn't perfect. they aren't fretting about high taxes, the liberals or conservatives, previous conflicts, disputes with neighbors, or a lack of parking. They don't care about the rates of return on their investment portfolio. They aren't focused on any of their grievances.
    Indeed, the only thing that matters, when it really matters, is love. The question is, "Why do we treat life as if it doesn't really matter right now?"

    On the flip side, we're more careful to evaluate each situation before saying yes. When asked if you can do something, you should ask yourself two questions. First, "Is this something I have to do?" And second, "Is this something I want to do?" I you don't answer yes to at least one of these questions, you'll probably learn to say no more often. In the process, you'll begin to create more time for those things that really matter. After all, what's "bigger" than time itself?

    One of my favorite descriptions of life is that it's just "one mistake after another with a little time in between." Despite its humor, this is a pretty accurate way of seeing things. If you think about it, its true. We make mistakes, we (hopefully) learn from them; we make adjustments and move on. At some point, there will be another mistake, and so forth. In the meantime, everyone else is going through the same process. Your parents are making mistakes, as are your friends, neighbors, children, coworkers, and everyone else.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Big author who knows his big stuff!
    I must admit I'm somewhat biased against "big" self-help authors. However, Richard Carlson knows his (pardon the expression) stuff.
    His recommendations, couched in the language of self-help, derive from solid psychological research.

    Small stuff is defined as whatever won't be important in six months or a year. However, to his credit, and unlike many cheery self-help authors and coaches, Carlson admits that sometimes you can't go home again.

    Some of the chapters offer straightforward, not especially original self-help, but the book is worth the read. The most helpful chapters focus on the need to "beware" a "busy mind." Solutions come from staying calm.

    I concur! Often I find myself telling clients, "Take a break from thinking about this decision," and now I can refer them to Carlson's Big Stuff book.

    You won't find "be happy" platitudes here, and that's a plus.
    Carlson writes well and he's convincing. Even if you've seen some of this before ("shift perspective" "take time to heal"), Carlson gathers these ideas together in a new way. I would recommend this book to anyone who's going through some "big stuff."

    4-0 out of 5 stars Big Stuff Solutions
    Richard Carlson, Ph.D., lecturer and best selling author of the "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" series shares in his latest book "What about the Big Stuff?" a range of big stuff scenarios followed up by a bunch of simple solutions. From emotional, financial, relationship and family struggles, he weaves a web of possible support from the relationships we have built with family, friends and faith in a higher power.
    His findings are great reminders that can never be outworn.
    Help yourself and your family by reading it today. ... Read more


    12. Shortcut Through Therapy: Ten Principles of Growth-Oriented, Contented Living
    by Richard Carlson
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    Asin: 0452273838
    Catlog: Book (1995-04-01)
    Publisher: Plume Books
    Sales Rank: 134807
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Self-Help Book, and I have read many,... too many.
    As I have written in several book reviews of the self-help genre, nearly all such books are wordy, repetitive, and should be condensed to booklets. (That will never happen; imagine the profit margin of a booklet compared to a full-sized paperback or hardcover.)

    However, Shortcut Through Therapy: Ten Principles of Growth-Oriented, Contented Living by Richard Carlson is outstanding! It is concise and forthright in both its explanations and examples.

    I skipped most of the first section; it repeats most of what Dr. Carlson states in his other books. (All of which I have read.) I went straight to the actual principles. Boy, do the ideas Carlson teaches ever make sense!

    At the expense of sounding like a salesman, you really do have to read the ten principles that lead to a healthy psychological state to actually appreciate them. They are simple to understand, and virtually impossible to refute or rebut.

    With the growing trend toward simplicity, this book takes the lead in showing how one can achieve a happy, peaceful, simple life that results in many rewards, both tangible and intangible.

    I have not liked all of Dr. Carlson's books, most of them yes, not all (see my other review), but he clearly has written a winner this time. I am not sure when this book was written in relation to his other several books, but if you had to read just one of Dr. Carlson's books, let it be this one!

    I re-read portions of it regularly, in addition to giving copies to friends.

    At first the title sounded a bit like a snake oil remedy, "read this and all your problems with be solved and you'll never have to go through conventional therapy again!" Consequently, I started the book with a negative impression, primarily due to the title, but the title is precisely what the advice in the book offers: Specific principles the majority of therapists never teach their clients, principles that if practices regularly, would put a GREAT number of therapists right out of practice. (In fact, most therapists have harped on and on indoctrinating principles in their clients for decades that are the antithesis of the ten principles that Dr. Carlson teaches. Their attempts at assisting their clients usually result in needlessly prolonging one's therapy rather than curtailing it when it is time to move on to a happy, meaningful life.)

    As I began in this review, I am a tough sell when it comes to books, tapes, etc. in the self-help genre. In order for me to take time to write a review about a self-help book, it has to be either top-notch or utterly worthless, otherwise I don't bother reviewing the legion of mediocre books in the field. However, in this case, Shortcut Through Therapy: Ten Principles of Growth-Oriented, Contented Living by Richard Carlson is a MUST READ!

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE MOST BENEFICIAL SELF-HELP BOOK I'VE EVER READ!
    Thank you Richard Carlson for writing this book. It was a joy to read, thanks to your knowledge and your wit. I believe the answers to leading a richer and happier life are right here in the pages of this book. I liken this book to AA for alcoholics, Weight Watchers for dieters and SmokeEnders for smokers. It is also a program that is presented in a clear and simple format, using basic terminology, yet its messages are profound in their impact towards attaining true peace of mind and personal fulfillment. I've known many people throughout my life (including myself) who put their hopes, time and money into traditional psychotherapy, only to become more hindered than helped through the process of reiterating and dredging up old wounds. Practicing the principles of this book regularly is cheaper and easier than a therapist and it is almost guaranteed you will find positive results.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A practical approach to managing stress, anger, and pain
    Carlson, best known as the author of "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff", provides an upbeat and amazingly simple set of techniques for dealing with the angers and pains we carry with us, sometimes from earliest childhood. First, he shows us how it is our thinking about a problem that causes us pain, not the problem itself. Then, he presents 10 steps for freeing ourselves from the thinking trap and along the way finding joy and pleasure in our lives. Carlson is a compassionate and cogent writer who avoids both technical jargon and psychobabble. ... Read more


    13. Dont Sweat The Small Stuff At Work Cd
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    Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great quick read
    This is a great book for anyone needing to get to the source of help they need quickly. I use it often as a fast refresher and as a constant guide in my daily endeavors, whether it be professional or personal. I recommend this to all who are starting in management, sales, or just simply wanting to improve your outlook on life and reduce stress. But you don't have to take my word for it.....(Reading Rainbow theme in background...) ... Read more


    14. Creating Affluence: The A-to-Z Steps to a Richer Life
    by Deepak Chopra
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    Asin: 1878424769
    Catlog: Book (2003-03)
    Publisher: Amber-Allen Publishing
    Sales Rank: 39547
    Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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    Through simple everyday actions, Chopra explains, we can foster the wealth consciousness we need to tap into the universe's abundance and create what we desire, from carefreeness and charity to transcendence, talent, and tithing. This audio version of the best-selling book contains the author's complete plan for creating wealth in our lives. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Principles that we should all follow...
    The A-Z Steps that Deepak has listed in his book are more than just "steps" to affluence. I think most, if not all of the steps listed, are great "principles" for everyone to live by. The author also indicates that these steps are not only going to provide an abundance of financial wealth but and abundance of anything we desire in life. This is most important for me in my growth as a person. I personally measure my success as something more than just financial wealth.

    In order to fully appreciate the steps that he has listed, I think that it is a good idea to read a few pages each day or once a week in order to fully understand and make a habit of each step. The author suggests this as a method of becoming "aware" of each step.

    Overall, a great book on personal growth. The principles he teaches are time tested and true. The only problem I found was that the author tends to get very deep into Quantum Theory and physics. I do not see the significance of discussing these topics in a book about personal growth and affluence in life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The First Step to Creating Affluence
    I have read and reread this book for two years. I also own the audio cassette. This is not a "how to" book that lists step by step how to become wealthy as if you were building cabinets or installing a door. It is, however, a very powerful book that attempts to change the way one thinks. Creating affluence or building wealth requires an entirely different way of thinking that most of us were not taught as we were growing up. In order to change anything in your life, you must first change your thinking. This book teaches you this in an easy to read format. The Quantum theory is not as easy to understand, but it is necessary to explain how these thoughts and techniques work.

    Much like any tool, it is only as effective as its user. If you do as the author suggests and read this book daily or listen to the tape, you will reap the rewards. You may not grasp all of it the first few times through.

    I feel that it is only the first step. I would also recommend that one read the Rich Dad series after this one. If you haven't read Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, you should read it as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Approach In the Journey of Life
    A clear and simple path to achieving affluence in all areas of one's life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great audiobook
    This is an awesome CD/audiobook. Once again, Deepak shows me how to create anything I want. This is truly awesome source of enrichment information.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I was expecting more from this cursory book
    This book is quite short and can be read in about an hour.

    Frankly, I was expecting more. It's really like a long brochure or outline rather than a book. While it did offer a few helpful points, it did not go enough in depth in expanding upon them. After reading this book, I felt like I had read an outline or a proposal to a book rather than an actual book. Thus, I regret my purchase of this book. ... Read more


    15. The Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Workbook : Exercises, Questions, and Self-Tests to Help You Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life
    by Richard Carlson
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    Asin: 0786883510
    Catlog: Book (1998-09-02)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 61895
    Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars work!!!
    It really is a "WORK" book. It takes alot of thinking and quiet time to answer the questions and to go back and analyze what you have written down. Too much work for me. I guess this book would be good for someone who has alot of extra time on their hands to ponder their life. I do not have that time.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    As a student of Buddhism, I found much of the content in this book to be diluted Buddhism. Basically, it's Buddhist teachings without the Buddhism in it. I'm sure it helps many people, but for me it was diappointing - lacking in depth and substance.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Skip the book and go straight for the workbook instead
    The workbook is actually better than the book itself. The workbook has all the same information in it that the corresponding book has plus exercises and quizzes you can take to help improve your life. If you are disciplined enough to do the exercises in the workbook you will benefit by taking what you've learned and actually apply it towards your life. If you just read the book without doing any workbook exercises, the learning is much more passive and less fun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read!
    I can easily say this is one of the best self-help workbooks out there. It helps to realize that there are ways to reduce stress in little ways in life. By taking the advice of the author, and making little changes in your life, you will come out a better person. After I finished this workbook, I had people telling me I didn't seem as stressed. No one knew I read the book! A definite must-read for other people out there who stress the small stuff! ... Read more


    16. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Men : Simple Ways to Minimize Stress (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (Hyperion))
    by Richard Carlson
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    Asin: 0786886366
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-05)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 31953
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    The Don't Sweat the Small Stuff titles are #1 national bestsellers, with over sixteen million copies in print. Now Richard Carlson shows men how to relieve stress, and gain more peace and joy in their lives, with such strategies as:

    --Have an Affair
    --Spend More Time with Your Kids
    --Learn About Life from Golf
    --Don't Let Your Competitive Nature Get the Best of You
    --See Stress as Non-Sexy

    His simple yet incredibly powerful essays will help men to relax, to be more happy and fulfilled, and to not sweat the small stuff? ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Help is here...
    let me begin by saying that there is good advice in
    this book, no question about it. if you are looking
    for some help in getting a better perspective on life,
    then there is help in this book. why do you think the
    series is so popular? however, i dont think that the ideas
    are original. you can find the same prescriptions for
    a better attitude---such as more sense of humor, less
    attention paid to difficult people, things are not as
    bad as you think, the future is unknown and so do

    stress yourself too much over it---in so many other
    books in the self help section. it is old wine in a
    new bottle. you can even get the same advice from a
    wise old relative if your family is fortunate enough
    to have one. it is also like listening to a friend
    who knows something of life that you havent realized yet.

    the format is easy. the book is pocket-size. the
    chapters are very short, and the phraseology
    non-technical. the cost is minimal. practically,
    the lessons contained in this book can apply to
    both males and females.

    if you are looking for your first self-help
    book, then you have found a good one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another useful book by Carlson that applies to men AND women
    Enjoyed reading DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF FOR MEN by Richard Carlson . . . this is the latest in Carlson's "small stuff" series, and it does not disappoint . . . he continues to offer simple ways to minimize stress in a competitive world . . . they seem to make sense, at least to me, and can be applied to virtually any situation . . . although directed at men, I think women would also benefit from reading it . . . by the same token, methinks men could benefit from reading the companion DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF FOR WOMEN (written by Carlson's wife Kristine) . . . I know that I'll be looking for it.

    I liked many ideas that I got from the book; among them:
    Have an affair. . . .The idea is to reignite your passion for living, and to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Remind yourself how precious and how short this adventure really is. I read a great book called A PARENTHESIS IN
    ETERNITY . . . What a great way to think about the duration of your
    life--as a blip on a passing screen. We're here for a moment in
    time--and then we're gone. Why waste one second of self-pity,
    frustration, and all the rest? Our lives are so much more important than that.

    Consider how you would respond to the following two sentences spoken by a spouse, lover, or friend. First, "I hate my stupid job; (its bad)." Or, "Do you know what I'd really love to be doing?" Wow--what a difference. In the first sentence, you, as the listener or receiver of the complaint, want to leave the room. Your instinct is to pull away. In the second, however, you want to hear more; you want to engage in the conversation because it brings you closer to the person who is sharing.

    Be for something rather than against it. . . . You can see how easy it is to be working with very positive intentions, yet still find a way to drive yourself nuts. Some environmental activists, for example, are doing great things-choosing to be vegetarians, picking up litter, cleaning up the beaches, planting trees, recycling, and raising awareness as well as money for the causes they believe in. Others, however, yell and scream, block traffic, chain themselves to trees, and starve themselves in an attempt to accomplish their goals.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!
    I am a female who recently bought this book as a gift for a relative. Before wrapping, I skimmed the book to see if it had the same Richard Carlson quality. Indeed it does!

    This book, just like the other don't sweat the small stuff titles, includes ways to overcome difficult times. It will give you a positive attitude and help you gain peace with yourself, and uprooting events.

    Good Christmas gift! ... Read more


    17. Handbook for the Soul
    by Richard Carlson, Benjamin Shield
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    Asin: 0316128228
    Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
    Publisher: Back Bay Books
    Sales Rank: 141692
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, truly soul nourishing
    This book is wonderful. I bought it a few years ago when I was just browsing and not really looking for anything special. The title drew me in. This culmination of writers and various points of view on how to nourish your soul really makes you think. It's helped me find peace in so many ways. It's helped remind me what is important in life and how to be good to myself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a book you will refer to over and over again!
    I picked up this book when I was at a low point in my life. It awakened me to a new way of seeing - both myself and the world around me. Handbook for the soul is a wonderful collection of short essays, by various people, all with the same message. It is one of my most favourite books and I highly recommend it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for anyone looking for "something more"
    This is an excellent anthology of essays by many accomplished scholars (see the list of names above). Some are psychotherapists, some former ministers, and some psychiatrists; many are simply inspirational writers. This is a calming book with eclectic selections that will suit most tastes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking essays on the soul.
    Anything Richard Carlson lays his hands on is worth considering reading. Each essay offers a philsophical view worth pondering guiding the perseptive reader closer to the inner self. The wealth of information well surprasses the few dollars spent on this compilation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, warm, heartlifting avenue back to your Soul!
    I highly recommend Handbook for the Soul, by Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, as an avenue back to the peacefulness of oneself. The book authorizes us to take time for ourselves and encourages us to nourish/replenish our soul. It assists the reader in finding the road to meditation or simply take a few moments for rejuvenation from the hectic, busy schedule we lead in this day and age. My sister-in-law introduced me to this book and gave her copy to me as a gift. I'm sending her a new copy since it's a book she shouldn't be without ... Read more


    18. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens Journal (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (Hyperion))
    by Richard Carlson
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    Asin: 0786887656
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-04)
    Publisher: Hyperion
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    From the author of the bestselling Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series comes a beautifully designed journal for teens to record the stresses of everyday life.

    In Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens, Richard Carlson, Ph.D., offered teens simple techniques for coping with life's everyday challenges. Now he offers them a tool in which to write about and reflect upon every facet of their lives: academics, sports, social situations, family life, money matters, even work.

    Filled with guiding questions for teens to answer, blank lined spaces for recording stressful moments, and inspirational quotes, the Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens Journal is private space for teenagers to record and come to terms with their most intimate thoughts and fears. ... Read more


    19. DON'T WORRY MAKE MONEY : Spiritual and Practical Ways to Create Abundance and More Fun in Your LIfe
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    Catlog: Book (1997-11-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Make Money and Be Happy?
    In "Don't Worry, Make Money" Dr. Richard Carlson truly shows the way fear and worry can limit a person's life. But this book is not just a financial guide for future millionaires or a get rich quick book.

    I think, "Don't Worry, Live Better" would probably be a better title. In fact, it is a book of self-help psychotherapy. It presents 100 different specific tips for living a more abundant life with less worry, which in turn will help you make more money. It helps to make your life less stressful, how to keep things in the proper perspective and maximize your daily productivity.

    I can honestly say that this book has helped me overcome some fears that have plagued me my entire life. And the difference in my life is amazing. Join! And don't worry, be happy!

    3-0 out of 5 stars 100 ideas on how to live a more abundant life
    Presented are 100 different ideas for living a more abundant life with less worry, which in turn will help you make more money. Sample chapters: Become Less Reactive and More Responsive; Surround Yourself with Experts; Ask for What You Want; Work on "Knowing" instead of "Believing;" Let Go of Fearful Thoughts; Lighten Up.

    An inspiring little book you can read on the run (chapters are short). It's based on the simple premise that people have an innate capacity for happiness and when happy, we are much more competent, productive, and creative. It's a kind of roadmap of the various, often unconscious, distractions that create internal anger, depression and especially worry. When aware of these negative distractions, we are able to deal with each one more effectively and our lives are greatly improved.

    Carlson, a practicing psychologist and stress consultant, makes a powerful point that we have two psychological modes most of the time: Reactive and responsive. The reactive mindset impairs our judgement and decision -making; we are overly critical and negative. The responsive state of mind is relaxed; we see the big picture; we are flexible, calm and at our best. Your level of success is a direct relationship with the amount of time you spend in the responsive state of mind.

    A good, fast read that will pick you up and maybe change you for the better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book may be this author's best work...
    If Richard Carlson writes something, I'm going to make it a point
    to read it . . . His DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF is one of
    my all-time favorite books, and I also learned from what followed
    this effort (DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF AT WORK, DON'T
    SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF FOR MEN and WHAT ABOUT THE BIG
    STUFF?).

    I had not previously read one of his earlier efforts, DON'T WORRY, MAKE MONEY, so when a friend asked me if I wanted to borrow it, I said "yes" with great enthusiasm . . . and I'm glad that I did . . . this well might be the best book he ever wrote, but then again, I find myself thinking that after finishing whatever he has written.

    DON'T WORRY is much more than about how to make money . . . its
    subtitle perhaps says it all: SPIRITUAL WAYS TO CREATE
    ABUNDANCE AND MORE FUN IN YOUR LIFE . . . I got soooo
    many fine ideas here, ranging from dealing with stress caused
    by my finances to marketing myself professionally--and a whole
    lot in-between.

    You may not become a millionaire after reading DON'T WORRY;
    however , you'll get a lot of practical ways as to what you need
    to do to take the first step.

    There were many worthwhile passages; among them:
    Over and over again I hear people telling me about the book they are going to write, the savings account they are about to open, the business they are going to start, or the charity they are planning to help. But, in many instances, these plans and dreams keep getting put off until "the conditions are right." One of the most powerful messages I can share with you, one that I'm absolutely certain of, is this: In almost all cases, the conditions you are waiting for will not be significantly different next week or next year. Don't worry that the conditions have to be perfect. The truth is, you are still going to have to take the first step! If you take it now,
    instead of later, you'll be many steps closer to your dreams by
    this time next year.

    My only word of caution is to be sure to get permission before
    offering your help. Be gentle and patient. Not everyone wants
    or is ready for help. And that's okay. Don't take it personally.
    Everyone is at a different place in their life.

    Consider the amount of mental and emotional energy expended
    in commiseration. It's a lot. This is energy that could be spent in creative ideas or quiet reflection. This is energy that might be used to solve a problem, implement an idea or market a product. This energy is the source of your abundance. It's yours, and it's free. When you make the decision to stop commiserating, you free up this energy--instantly. New thoughts begin to emerge; new, exciting ideas rise to the surface.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Early book by author, but perhaps his best
    If Richard Carlson writes something, I'm going to make it a point
    to read it . . . His DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF is one of
    my all-time favorite books, and I also learned from what followed
    this effort (DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF AT WORK, DON'T
    SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF FOR MEN and WHAT ABOUT THE BIG
    STUFF?).

    I had not previously read one of his earlier efforts, DON'T WORRY,
    MAKE MONEY, so when a friend asked me if I wanted to borrow
    it, I said "yes" with great enthusiasm . . . and I'm glad that I
    did . . . this well might be the best book he ever wrote, but then
    again, I find myself thinking that after finishing whatever he
    has written.

    DON'T WORRY is much more than about how to make money . . . its
    subtitle perhaps says it all: SPIRITUAL WAYS TO CREATE
    ABUNDANCE AND MORE FUN IN YOUR LIFE . . . I got soooo
    many fine ideas here, ranging from dealing with stress caused
    by my finances to marketing myself professionally--and a whole
    lot in-between.

    You may not become a millionaire after reading DON'T WORRY;
    however , you'll get a lot of practical ways as to what you need
    to do to take the first step.

    There were many worthwhile passages; among them:
    Over and over again I hear people telling me about the book they are
    going to write, the savings account they are about to open, the
    business they are going to start, or the charity they are planning to
    help. But, in many instances, these plans and dreams keep
    getting put off until "the conditions are right." One of the most
    powerful messages I can share with you, one that I'm absolutely
    certain of, is this: In almost all cases, the conditions you are
    waiting for will not be significantly different next week or next
    year. Don't worry that the conditions have to be perfect. The truth
    is, you are still going to have to take the first step! If you take it now,
    instead of later, you'll be many steps closer to your dreams by
    this time next year.

    My only word of caution is to be sure to get permission before
    offering your help. Be gentle and patient. Not everyone wants
    or is ready for help. And that's okay. Don't take it personally.
    Everyone is at a different place in their life.

    Consider the amount of mental and emotional energy expended
    in commiseration. It's a lot. This is energy that could be spent in
    creative ideas or quiet reflection. This is energy that might be used
    to solve a problem, implement an idea or market a product. This energy
    is the source of your abundance. It's yours, and it's free. When you
    make the decision to stop commiserating, you free up this
    energy--instantly. New thoughts begin to emerge; new, exciting
    ideas rise to the surface.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Opened up my eyes!
    I used to think that the only way to make more money was to work longer, later and more. I spent all the time at work, worked o.t. and even worked a second job to supplement my income. What I acomplished was to burn myself out!

    I also fell into the trap of the more I made, the more I spent. I was on a treadmil, going nowhere.

    This excellent book by Dr. Carlson will have you working less and enjoying it more. You will learn to delay gratification, live within your means, sock away money for emergencies and most importantly, spend more quality time with your family and loved ones. ... Read more


    20. A Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Treasury : A Special Selection for Graduates (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (Hyperion))
    by Richard Carlson
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    Asin: 078686575X
    Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 878024
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