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Dont Sweat The Small Stuff

Updated on October 22, 2006

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff, By: Richard Carlson, PHD

Sometimes ago I was going through a stressful period in my life. My stress must have been obvious to my family. My son must have noticed my condition and gave me a gift which I value a lot. The gift was an easy reading book by Richard Carlson, PHD titled "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff". I am not much into novels and fictions. However, I have always enjoyed science and books that teach me someting. This book was worth its weight in gold.

The book starts with a quote from William James that goes "The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude". How true it is....

The book teaches simple ways to keep the small things from taking over your life. It teaches methods, tactics and strategies one may employ to help himself/herself to approach life situations in a manner which produce a positive mental outcome. In very simple ways it teaches how to replace old habits of "reaction" with new habits of perspective. This in-turn should help one enjoy a more positive, less stressful and more satisfying relationships. Some of the content deal with:

How to make peace with imperfection

Develop your compassion

Don't interrupt others or finish their sentences

Let others have the glory

Become more patient

Surrender to the fact that life isn't fair

Allow yourself to be bored

Imagine yourself in your own funeral

Spend a moment everyday thinking of someone to thank

Set aside quite time, every day

Practice random acts of kindness

See the innocence


Resist the urge to criticize

Do one thing at a time

Lighten up

Listen to your feelings

Schedule time for your inner work

Live this day as if it were your last. It might be!

The book is full of gentle reminders of important things in life. Things that we tend to forget much too quickly in the rush of trying to become "successful".

As the author writes " Don't sweat the small stuff, and it's all small stuff".


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