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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and it's all small stuff is a book that shows you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life. You can learn to put things in perspective by making the small daily changes Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and it's all small stuff is a book that shows you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life. You can learn to put things in perspective by making the small daily changes he suggests,including advice such as "Think of your problems as potential teachers"; "Remember that when you die, your 'In' box won't be empty"; and "Do one thing at a time." You should also try to live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, and lower your tolerance to stress. You can write down your most stubborn positions and see if you can soften them, learn to trust your intuitions, and live each day as if it might be your last. With gentle, supportive suggestions, Dr.Carlson reveals ways to make your actions more peaceful and caring, with the added benefit of making your life more calm and stress-free.


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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and it's all small stuff is a book that shows you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life. You can learn to put things in perspective by making the small daily changes Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and it's all small stuff is a book that shows you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life. You can learn to put things in perspective by making the small daily changes he suggests,including advice such as "Think of your problems as potential teachers"; "Remember that when you die, your 'In' box won't be empty"; and "Do one thing at a time." You should also try to live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, and lower your tolerance to stress. You can write down your most stubborn positions and see if you can soften them, learn to trust your intuitions, and live each day as if it might be your last. With gentle, supportive suggestions, Dr.Carlson reveals ways to make your actions more peaceful and caring, with the added benefit of making your life more calm and stress-free.

30 review for Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)

    I am not much of a self-help reader (occasionally I will read a Christian living/theology book but that's really it), but I recommend this book to everyone. There are some real pearls of wisdom therein (if you will pardon the cliche'). I definitely believe some of these strategies are intuitive, that you probably utilize some as survival mechanisms in your daily routine, just to get through the day and dealing with others. But it never hurts to get a gentle reminder. My recommendation is to keep I am not much of a self-help reader (occasionally I will read a Christian living/theology book but that's really it), but I recommend this book to everyone. There are some real pearls of wisdom therein (if you will pardon the cliche'). I definitely believe some of these strategies are intuitive, that you probably utilize some as survival mechanisms in your daily routine, just to get through the day and dealing with others. But it never hurts to get a gentle reminder. My recommendation is to keep this book at work in your drawer, or in your tote bag. Pull it out when you need a few minutes to recharge your juices. You will find yourself putting some of these tips to use right away. As a shy, conflict-avoiding person who went into a field where I have to deal with people (often difficult and often stressed and not always pleasant) everyday, I think anyone who has to be around and communicate with others heavily can use these skills in this book. What I really like about this book is how easy it is to read. Although Dr. Carlson is a PhD, he doesn't write in such a way to sound more scholarly and less down to earth. And this book is fairly inexpensive. I got it for $9 at Barnes and Noble. I'm sure you can find it even cheaper if you tried. I believe his goal really is to help. He uses a friendly, conversation writing style that is very down to earth and concise (He sorts of reminds me of Christian writer Max Lucado in that sense). Each chapter is no more than three pages at the most, but so much good information is included, plus personal examples of how the strategy was used by the author. Nothing like seeing that the writer struggles in the same ways as the rest of us. Update One:This week, I had one of those Mondays you really don't want to have. I pulled this book out of my tote and started reading it. It helped me to feel better because it really does put things into perspective. We make big deals out of stuff that we really shouldn't. We make our lives into soap operas when they don't have to be. Why? It's such a waste of energy that we could be using to fuel our daily lives in better, more productive ways. With a fringe benefit of leaving us plenty of energy to be content and enjoy our lives. Dr. Carlson really gets to the heart of that in this book. At the time of update one, I was still reading this book. I started this review before I finished the book, in order to get some of my thoughts down (before they fly out of my head). Some lessons from this book that I applied to my life this week: -Don't sweat the small stuff (the titular lesson--which bears repeating as a daily mantra) -Develop your compassion -Remind yourself that when you die, your 'in basket' won't be empty -Choose your battles wisely -Become a better listener -Choose being kind over being right -Practice humility Final update: What a rewarding reading experience. This is the one self-help book you really should read. It doesn't matter if you're religious, atheist, whatever. You can gain some wonderful insight from this book. At the final reading, I could see how the advice in this book would have helped me in a challenge I faced a day or so before. It still helps on the other end, giving me the insight to look at things from a more healthy viewpoint. Stress kills, and I have come to the realization that I don't want to die from stress-related health problems, which I could be on the fast track to doing if I don't change my outlook. This book helped me today. I had to deal with a person that I did not have a good experience with the first time around. The advice this book gave me about listening to someone and what that person is truly saying, and trying not to interrupt, and trying to see the 'innocence' in them, well it was simply invaluable. I promise, I am not the type to hype self-help books! But I can't help but praise this one. Some of the powerful things I read about today: -Turn Your Melodrama into a Mellow-drama -Practice Ignoring Your Negative Thoughts -Be Happy Where You Are -Quiet the Mind -Think of Your Problem as Potential Teachers -Get Comfortable Not Knowing -Acknowledge the Totality of Your Being -Cut Yourself Some Slack -Stop Blaming Others -Transform Your Relationship to Your Problems -The Next Time You Find Yourself in an Argument, Rather than Defend Your Position, See if You Can See the Other Point of View First -Listen to Your Feelings (They Are Trying to Tell You Something) -Redefine a "Meaningful Accomplishment" -If Someone Throws You the Ball, You Don't Have to Catch It -One More Passing Show -Realize the Power of Your Own Thoughts and a very good lesson for me.... Trust Your Instinctive Heart! I am so glad I bought this book. It will not be one that I shove to the back of my bookshelf, to pull out rarely, if ever. It's going to be one that I carry around with me as I walk through life. It won't replace the Bible for me. It's not that kind of book. But whatever your belief is, it never hurts to put things into perspective. And that is the simple message of this book. You can learn to realize that the small stuff isn't worth all the drama, and in the sum of things it's all small stuff, as the title says.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kelly H. (Maybedog)

    Okay so it's not "cool" to read self-help books and, frankly, most of them give me the heebie jeebies, but I think this book was kind of spot-on. I liked how the ideas were presented in small vignettes instead of a massive tome that overwhelms more than inspires. I think Carlson has a good point in suggesting that maybe we make a big deal out of things that aren't such a big deal. I'm a pretty easy going person for the most part (oh, except for that depression thing) and a lot of what he says re Okay so it's not "cool" to read self-help books and, frankly, most of them give me the heebie jeebies, but I think this book was kind of spot-on. I liked how the ideas were presented in small vignettes instead of a massive tome that overwhelms more than inspires. I think Carlson has a good point in suggesting that maybe we make a big deal out of things that aren't such a big deal. I'm a pretty easy going person for the most part (oh, except for that depression thing) and a lot of what he says reflects my own philosophy. There were even a few new suggestions that I thought were helpful. In general, this is a book for someone who's a little too uptight, a little too stressed, and a little too much of a worrier.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This book was on the nightstand in a friend's guest room where I stayed recently - its natural habitat, I suppose; where else would you expect to find a book like this? I read it over breakfast and it offers a bunch of tips on cultivating acceptance and loving kindness: -Imagine an irritating person as a tiny infant and then as a 100-year-old (OK, this made me tear up); -When someone criticizes you, start by agreeing with them (valuable skill!); -Nurture a plant - talk to the plant, tell it you This book was on the nightstand in a friend's guest room where I stayed recently - its natural habitat, I suppose; where else would you expect to find a book like this? I read it over breakfast and it offers a bunch of tips on cultivating acceptance and loving kindness: -Imagine an irritating person as a tiny infant and then as a 100-year-old (OK, this made me tear up); -When someone criticizes you, start by agreeing with them (valuable skill!); -Nurture a plant - talk to the plant, tell it you love it (I thought about the lavender struggling for life on my kitchen windowsill and promised it that I would do better?) There's a fair number of vaguely condescending and obnoxious parables from the author's own life, and I'll be disregarding his repeated suggestion to wake up at 430am to write and meditate (glad it works for you, though, buddy!) If you've been to a yoga class or flirted with meditation, a lot of this will probably sound familiar or maybe even be second nature to you already, but it's a nice book and I felt a little more loving and kind after reading it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Sounds dramatic but this book has been life changing for me in how I approach life. How had I never read this!!! Not only have I read it twice, I took detailed notes and bought the audio book so I have it playing in my car on repeat. I am someone who has always had bad anxiety and it's helped me tremendously, but the real value and difference comes in constantly reinforcing and reminding myself these lessons every single day otherwise I just go back into my old habits. Sounds dramatic but this book has been life changing for me in how I approach life. How had I never read this!!! Not only have I read it twice, I took detailed notes and bought the audio book so I have it playing in my car on repeat. I am someone who has always had bad anxiety and it's helped me tremendously, but the real value and difference comes in constantly reinforcing and reminding myself these lessons every single day otherwise I just go back into my old habits.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    There is some great advice in this book. It's very fitting that the author ends the book by telling you to live each day as if it was your last, because he himself died unexpectedly during a flight from San Francisco to New York in 2006. He was only 45 years old. Life truly is short. None of us knows when it will end, so we need to cherish it. In this and many other pieces of advice, I couldn't agree with the author more. There is a fair amount of repetition in this book, which at first was annoy There is some great advice in this book. It's very fitting that the author ends the book by telling you to live each day as if it was your last, because he himself died unexpectedly during a flight from San Francisco to New York in 2006. He was only 45 years old. Life truly is short. None of us knows when it will end, so we need to cherish it. In this and many other pieces of advice, I couldn't agree with the author more. There is a fair amount of repetition in this book, which at first was annoying, until I realized he was repeating what he likely considered the most important lessons. And I agree that they're important. Still somewhat annoying, but understandable. There was also one chapter I didn't appreciate where he brought religion into the picture: "learn to recognize God's fingerprints on everything", or something to that effect. In my opinion religion has no place in content that is otherwise based in science. Some of the advice also didn't apply to me, and it may not apply to you either. In addition, many of his real-life examples are only relatable to certain people, and so I didn't relate to them. I also found that a lot of the information was basic common sense, so I knew it already and therefore it didn't add a ton of value. Criticisms aside, this is a book worth reading. Did it change my life? No. Well, maybe. Let's see. I'm going to implement as many of the great lessons and tips here into my life as I can. In time, this book may indeed change my life. Recommended!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sully (thysaltymar)

    STRESSED? Once I get over pressured, the second thing I always do is to read this book(of course the first and foremost is to pray). When we are pressured and stressed, we waste our time minding the tinsy minsy stuff in this world instead of fixing and turning our faces into what really pushes us into the edge. This inspiring book tells us literally NOT TO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF and to stop the things that slow our progress in attaining a life free from stress. In the struggle of attaining freedom fr STRESSED? Once I get over pressured, the second thing I always do is to read this book(of course the first and foremost is to pray). When we are pressured and stressed, we waste our time minding the tinsy minsy stuff in this world instead of fixing and turning our faces into what really pushes us into the edge. This inspiring book tells us literally NOT TO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF and to stop the things that slow our progress in attaining a life free from stress. In the struggle of attaining freedom from stress, it is hard to accept that those we're feeling are training us to become something bigger and stronger. And because of this book, I think that is how life works. We have to remind ourselves to go with the flow and not to break in those difficult times. Fighting the pressure is often what pushes us to the edge. This book tells us to look optimistically at things and more importantly...stress. haha! Lastly, the book opens up the true purpose of life beneath our trials and struggle. And that we should value EVERY PIECE of our life :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Steve Woods

    Snippets of good behavioral advice that anyone can accept....but putting them into practice? Like so many books of the "self help" variety, all good stuff however people who are strongly locked into behaving in ways that are contrary to the direction being proposed here might find this book and so many others like it, just another stick to beat themselves with for not being OK. The kinds of change that are required of people to have the behavioral changes described here take root are trans forma Snippets of good behavioral advice that anyone can accept....but putting them into practice? Like so many books of the "self help" variety, all good stuff however people who are strongly locked into behaving in ways that are contrary to the direction being proposed here might find this book and so many others like it, just another stick to beat themselves with for not being OK. The kinds of change that are required of people to have the behavioral changes described here take root are trans formative, that normally requires change at depth through long and arduous spiritual work. This doesn't beg the value of the advice given just the presumption that a quick read and an "uh huh" will bring about the changes necessary to alter habitual behavior. Books offering quick fix paths to happiness are often delusional in their intent, if not in their content. In this case some good stuff, particularly if it were to encourage some self examination at depth...and support the work that might flow from it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    The concept of this book is an admirable one: how to relieve stress in your life and achieve a higher level of inner peace. However, while reading this book I found myself becoming more stressed out! This book is set up as essentially a list (YES! Another list!) of different methods and techniques that you can use to try and relieve stress from your life. As I am reading the list of different ideas, they make sense, but I feel as though this book was throwing too much at me for any of it to real The concept of this book is an admirable one: how to relieve stress in your life and achieve a higher level of inner peace. However, while reading this book I found myself becoming more stressed out! This book is set up as essentially a list (YES! Another list!) of different methods and techniques that you can use to try and relieve stress from your life. As I am reading the list of different ideas, they make sense, but I feel as though this book was throwing too much at me for any of it to really sink in. It would have been much better if Dr. Carlson had taken a few ideas and gone more in depth with them, as opposed to a very brief overview. If you're truly stressed out and looking to relieve a little bit of it, I would not recommend turning to this book for guidance.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Venkataraman Sambasiva

    This is an excellent book that could change the readers' behavior for the better. The history of the book itself reveals how the author is ever ready to learn from the day-to-day happenings of life. He got the idea of the title 'Don't sweat the Small Stuff' from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in the course of business correspondence; and he has developed it as a valuable book for all. There are one hundred maxims in the book, all of which deserve serious consideration. For the benefit of my readers, I shall l This is an excellent book that could change the readers' behavior for the better. The history of the book itself reveals how the author is ever ready to learn from the day-to-day happenings of life. He got the idea of the title 'Don't sweat the Small Stuff' from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in the course of business correspondence; and he has developed it as a valuable book for all. There are one hundred maxims in the book, all of which deserve serious consideration. For the benefit of my readers, I shall list ten of them that belong to the first class. 1. Don't sweat the small stuff. 2. Let go the idea that gentle, relaxed people can't be super achievers. 3. Don't interrupt others or finish their sentences. 4. Learn to live in the present moment. 5. Become a better listener. 6. Choose your battles wisely. 7. Remember that everything has God's fingerprints on it. 8. Practice ignoring your negative thoughts. 9. Take up Yoga. 10.Mind your own business. This book would certainly help anybody to gain a more realistic and relaxed attitude toward life in general.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    Like so many books for self-help, there's a huge disconnect between the ease of stating the philosophy, and the ease of implementing it. Besides the huge disconnect between the imagined problem being solved and the real problems most people face. Like so many books for self-help, there's a huge disconnect between the ease of stating the philosophy, and the ease of implementing it. Besides the huge disconnect between the imagined problem being solved and the real problems most people face.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This is not a book that I read one time and never looked back at. This has become a guidebook for living my entire life. This book related so deeply with me and opened my eyes to simple ways I can lean into the joy of my life on a daily basis. LOVE THIS BOOK.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I actually appreciated more than I thought I would. Most things I knew or thought I did. The gentle reminders are great to meditate on. This is all about getting yourself to a better, happier place. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I can use it. There are interest tips here that are simply a mind-shift that brings happiness or a bit less stress into our lives. I loved most of them. Some did nothing for me but that is to be expected. Others felt redundant to some already given. A worthwhile r I actually appreciated more than I thought I would. Most things I knew or thought I did. The gentle reminders are great to meditate on. This is all about getting yourself to a better, happier place. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I can use it. There are interest tips here that are simply a mind-shift that brings happiness or a bit less stress into our lives. I loved most of them. Some did nothing for me but that is to be expected. Others felt redundant to some already given. A worthwhile read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cham Cuartero

    Ever felt like the whole world has turned its back on you? Lost your job, got buried in debt, drifted away from your loved-ones? Haven't we all? Each of us go through trying times in our lives. I cannot remember a single person who can claim that he/she has never gone though tough times in his/her life. The problems that we face vary from one individual to another and the gravity of such depends on our varying priorities in life. The past few months have been very challenging from me. A roller coas Ever felt like the whole world has turned its back on you? Lost your job, got buried in debt, drifted away from your loved-ones? Haven't we all? Each of us go through trying times in our lives. I cannot remember a single person who can claim that he/she has never gone though tough times in his/her life. The problems that we face vary from one individual to another and the gravity of such depends on our varying priorities in life. The past few months have been very challenging from me. A roller coaster ride of emotions I had to survive. Planning our wedding, adjusting to married life, managing our family finances, quitting my job... the list can be endless... There were several times when I feel like tearing all my hair out of frustration (Thank God I didn't!). I believe there is no fool-proof formula to solving all of our problems. We cannot control the issues that come up, when they could come up, and when they would go away... There is only one thing that we can control - our ATTITUDE. I borrowed a copy of this little book DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF by Richard Carlson from our HR Officer. I turned out that she doesn't own the book (Hehe!) and the book actually belongs to another one of our colleagues. I had to trade-in one of my own books for the meantime so that I can proceed with kidnapping the said book (Bwahaha!) DON'T SWEAT contains 100 short essays on how we can handle the challenges that come to our lives. It is about having the right attitude which will eventually clear up our minds on formulating action plans to solve our problems in life. It tells about how to deal with the usual "downs" in our days. I read the book one-essay-a-day. It sticks better that way. It's not the kind of book which you finish in one sitting. For the past 63 days of life, this has been my daily food for thought... my daily dose of relax-and-enjoy-life vitamins.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bitchin' Reads

    Not a bad way to help me reground my perspective. I realized I had been slipping into negativity and feeling like every inconvenience, even the small ones, were a personal slight--the world was clearly out to get me. (Haha, jkjk.) I do recommend reading the physical book if you are going to read this one. The audiobook was nice since I commute long hours, but I think I would have enjoyed reading the physical book more. I would have been able to stop and contemplate more easily, whereas the the a Not a bad way to help me reground my perspective. I realized I had been slipping into negativity and feeling like every inconvenience, even the small ones, were a personal slight--the world was clearly out to get me. (Haha, jkjk.) I do recommend reading the physical book if you are going to read this one. The audiobook was nice since I commute long hours, but I think I would have enjoyed reading the physical book more. I would have been able to stop and contemplate more easily, whereas the the audiobook trudged on and driving-me could only keep going and not pause/stop it. There is some great guidance here. Check it out. Very short, very direct, gets you thinking and into self reflection.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    I was shocked at how wonderful this book is. I expected it to be really hokey and lame, but it was genuinely very helpful. I have incorporated many of the ideas into my daily life and they help me keep my anxiety under control. I'm pretty baffled that its so insanely mindful and helpful. A++. I was shocked at how wonderful this book is. I expected it to be really hokey and lame, but it was genuinely very helpful. I have incorporated many of the ideas into my daily life and they help me keep my anxiety under control. I'm pretty baffled that its so insanely mindful and helpful. A++.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Stewart

    This is a compilation of 100 different anxiety-related tips. There were definitely some pearls of wisdom, but as a “people pleaser”, I thought some of the tips were counter-productive to that (sometimes a girls got to stick up for herself, ya-know?). This is a late entry, but I’m finally going back and adding these books to my GRs! I finished this book as part of a “book boot camp” challenge! See my full video review below ❤️📚 I Read 7 Best-Selling Books on Anxiety and had this *breakthrough* wit This is a compilation of 100 different anxiety-related tips. There were definitely some pearls of wisdom, but as a “people pleaser”, I thought some of the tips were counter-productive to that (sometimes a girls got to stick up for herself, ya-know?). This is a late entry, but I’m finally going back and adding these books to my GRs! I finished this book as part of a “book boot camp” challenge! See my full video review below ❤️📚 I Read 7 Best-Selling Books on Anxiety and had this *breakthrough* with my panic disorder... https://youtu.be/Uv69N6O9Cgo

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rivvy Neshama

    I first read this book about twenty years ago and loved it. Each of its many entries is short and personal and shines with truth—about life and about being human. I reread it often, and it never fails to comfort, guide, or inspire. In fact, it was one of the inspirations of my own book, "Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles"; and one of the stories in my book connects to a story in Carlson's book and leads to this conclusion: "Good day, be grateful. Bad day, be graceful. Be I first read this book about twenty years ago and loved it. Each of its many entries is short and personal and shines with truth—about life and about being human. I reread it often, and it never fails to comfort, guide, or inspire. In fact, it was one of the inspirations of my own book, "Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles"; and one of the stories in my book connects to a story in Carlson's book and leads to this conclusion: "Good day, be grateful. Bad day, be graceful. Be grateful, be graceful, and on it goes." I am grateful for the honesty and wisdom Richard Carlson gifted us with.

  18. 4 out of 5

    andi ❀

    I was a bit disappointed to tell you honestly. I’ve learned nothing new or extraordinary. It’s the usual life tips you hear from other people or your very own common sense. The writing in this book is also very simple... too simple. I also wonder whether or not the author really did encounter the stories presented. It’s not impossible, but it just seemed convenient enough to write in this book. I think this is a good one to give to preteens as it’s a quick and easy read. But if you are someone l I was a bit disappointed to tell you honestly. I’ve learned nothing new or extraordinary. It’s the usual life tips you hear from other people or your very own common sense. The writing in this book is also very simple... too simple. I also wonder whether or not the author really did encounter the stories presented. It’s not impossible, but it just seemed convenient enough to write in this book. I think this is a good one to give to preteens as it’s a quick and easy read. But if you are someone looking for a serious in depth self help book, this one is not for you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    You know why I hated it? Because IT'S ALL COMMON SENSE, and I paid money to read what I already know and tell other people. Missed out on my opportunity to make money writing it myself I guess. You know why I hated it? Because IT'S ALL COMMON SENSE, and I paid money to read what I already know and tell other people. Missed out on my opportunity to make money writing it myself I guess.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Hossam

    The best review I can give this book is that it does deliver on what its synopsis promises: "Simple ways to keep little things from taking over your life." The best review I can give this book is that it does deliver on what its synopsis promises: "Simple ways to keep little things from taking over your life."

  21. 4 out of 5

    Suad Alhalwachi

    A 100 suggestions that are true for me and I bet for everyone else as well, we are all agitated, anxious, tired, critical, never listen, run all the time after things, become upset if we are criticized, and so on. Actually I thought the writer had written the book about me as I am exactly like that. I become upset if a cup is broken! I worry about not finishing my work, I criticize all the time. (Maybe only in driving I am very careful because of my phobia) but all the other 99 traits are spot o A 100 suggestions that are true for me and I bet for everyone else as well, we are all agitated, anxious, tired, critical, never listen, run all the time after things, become upset if we are criticized, and so on. Actually I thought the writer had written the book about me as I am exactly like that. I become upset if a cup is broken! I worry about not finishing my work, I criticize all the time. (Maybe only in driving I am very careful because of my phobia) but all the other 99 traits are spot on. Great read and applicable. Few spelling mistakes but easy to spot (like feet instead of feel and so on)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ricky McConnell

    Good reference book. Not all the chapters in the book will benefit you, but everyone will like some of them. I prefer to use this book as a daily quick reading for inspiration and well being. There is no secret to life in this book, and a lot of what he says is common sense, but sometimes reading something will bring it more in focus than if you just thought of it yourself.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mathilde

    100 strategies to help you become more relaxed, more peaceful and loving. Definitely worth reading and implementing these strategies into your life. I learned a lot about myself by reading this book and I believe it will help me to be the best version of myself.

  24. 4 out of 5

    robin rubecula

    A short list of life-rules. You already know half of them, but nevertheless I noticed that shortly after reading some of them migrated into my daily life. A book on mindfullness, not holding grudge and that life is to be enjoyed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Richard Newton

    I liked this book more than I expected to. That is not exactly saying much, given I thought I would hate it. (For anyone wondering why I would read a book I expected to dislike - partially professional research, partially because I've learnt from being wrong about books before, and partially with the natural jealousy of a much less successful author intrigued by a book that has sold 10 million copies). This is a well meaning book with one central positive message which I agree with: we all worry I liked this book more than I expected to. That is not exactly saying much, given I thought I would hate it. (For anyone wondering why I would read a book I expected to dislike - partially professional research, partially because I've learnt from being wrong about books before, and partially with the natural jealousy of a much less successful author intrigued by a book that has sold 10 million copies). This is a well meaning book with one central positive message which I agree with: we all worry too much about the wrong things, and in taking life too seriously we are actually missing out on the seriously good parts of life. It then lays out 100 short pieces of advice on how to stop worrying about the nonsense and be a calmer, happier person. Nice. Sweet. Uplifting. Awesome. The problems? The message requires the first half dozen or so lessons and then could end. The rest is pretty repetitive. At times it also feels a tiny bit smug. I wavered between 2 and 3 stars, but decided on 3 on the basis that if Richard Carlson actually practices what he preaches I'm sure he is a truly nice man. Although I may sound a little sarcastic about this book, that's just because I'm English and we can't help it. Honestly, there is some good practical advice in this book. If you are the sort of person who likes short pieces of well meaning wisdom in easy to swallow mouthfuls you may well enjoy this. If you want deep thinking and brilliant writing, perhaps try elsewhere.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Iman I 240511

    Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff is a self-development book written by Richard Carlson. The book gives simple ways to keep the little things from overtaking our lives. I learnt from Carlson that we should live our lives in a calmer and less stressful way and to be able to let go of our problems. The main purpose of this book is to stop letting the little things in life drive us crazy. The book has 136 short essays that Dr. Carlson gives simple strategies for living a more pea Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff is a self-development book written by Richard Carlson. The book gives simple ways to keep the little things from overtaking our lives. I learnt from Carlson that we should live our lives in a calmer and less stressful way and to be able to let go of our problems. The main purpose of this book is to stop letting the little things in life drive us crazy. The book has 136 short essays that Dr. Carlson gives simple strategies for living a more peaceful life. Some of his advises that I admire are: 1) Ask yourself this question: will this matter in a year? 2) Do something nice for someone else and don’t tell anyone about it. 3) Surrender to the fact that life isn’t fair. 4) spend a moment every day thinking of someone to thank. 5) Remember that when you die, you are in a box won’t be empty. As we incorporate the 136 ideas in this book, we will begin to reveal ways to make our actions more peaceful and caring and encourage us to trust our intuitions and ultimately start loving ourselves.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jethro Jacinto

    The cover of this book says it was a bestselling book of the year at one time. After opening it up and glancing through it, it't not hard to see why. The purpose of the book is to get you to look at things, common situations we all come across everyday, like being criticized or being given more work than you can possibly finish, and see them a little differently. Believe it or not, it delivers- and in just a page or two at a time if you can believe that! That's because the wisdom is definitely the The cover of this book says it was a bestselling book of the year at one time. After opening it up and glancing through it, it't not hard to see why. The purpose of the book is to get you to look at things, common situations we all come across everyday, like being criticized or being given more work than you can possibly finish, and see them a little differently. Believe it or not, it delivers- and in just a page or two at a time if you can believe that! That's because the wisdom is definitely there, on every page, and it just plain makes sense. Many times I've read a chapter or two and thought, "Why didn't I think of that before?". The other good thing about this tiny book is that you could either sit down and read it cover-to-cover, or just pick it up once in awhile and pick a random chapter to read. Either way, the mini-chapters are sure to quickly leave most readers wondering why they make such a big deal out of the things they do.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I feel like a lot of the points in this book were common sense. At times it felt kind of repetitive, like the author was trying to find different ways of saying essentially the same thing he had already covered to hit the 100 pieces of advice mark. (Perhaps that was meant as an opportunity to practice patience.) That said, a lot of the advice was solid (although I still won't be caught dead waking up at 4:30 every morning), and I think most readers will find at least a few suggestions that reson I feel like a lot of the points in this book were common sense. At times it felt kind of repetitive, like the author was trying to find different ways of saying essentially the same thing he had already covered to hit the 100 pieces of advice mark. (Perhaps that was meant as an opportunity to practice patience.) That said, a lot of the advice was solid (although I still won't be caught dead waking up at 4:30 every morning), and I think most readers will find at least a few suggestions that resonate with them and inspire them to be more compassionate and patient. I think Don't Sweat the Small Stuff would be most helpful to people who aren't very familiar with the world of self-help yet.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and it’s all Small Stuff is a self-help book written by Richard Carlson. This book has numerous tips and advice on how to make life better: like “will this matter in 100 years?”. He gives other suggestions about many topics such as depression, doing good deeds and waking up early to have time for yourself. This book was enjoyable to read and flowed nicely.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stan

    What a load of self serving egotistical crap. It is en vogue to say how wonderful this book is but I found it to be just the authors way of telling you how wonderful he is. Pity one star is the lowest.

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