Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson PH.D.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson PH.D.

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I used to think self-help books were corny and silly–especially books like this one that were super popular. Then, I realized that I was in a bad marriage and I was very unhappy with my life. I decided maybe it was time to go out searching for some new ideas and answers to improve my situation. This was one of the first books I bought. And guess what? It’s popular for a reason! There is a whole series of “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” books and this is the original. I found it very refreshing and mind-opening. It includes 100 tips of about two pages each, so they are short and easy-to-read. Life is busy and difficult and stressful. One thing I’ve learned in recent years is that I have enough stress already, so I really don’t need to create more. I avoid arguments and walk away instead of defending myself now. I realize that I can’t change people or their minds. I don’t take other people’s choices personally…things like that. There’s no reason to waste time getting upset about things that really don’t matter. I won’t list all 100 tips but some of my favorites are: Let Others Be “Right” Most of the Time, (remember what I said about not wasting time arguing or trying to “win?” It’s just not worth it,) Ask Yourself the Question “Will This Matter a Year from Now?,” Choose Your Battles Wisely and Get Comfortable Not Knowing. The author of this book died suddenly in his 40’s, but I’ll bet his life was full of joy and peace because he had the right ideas about living. I think we all could use more positivity and less stress!

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