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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff | [Richard Carlson]

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff

Are the little things in life driving you crazy? Isn't it time you put these small annoyances into perspective once and for all? This #1 New York Times best seller offers suggestions for daily changes that can add up to a more relaxed, stress-free you. Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down, live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, lower your tolerance to stress, trust your intuitions, and ultimately live each day as if it might be your last.

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Are the little things in life driving you crazy? Isn't it time you put these small annoyances into perspective once and for all? This #1 New York Times best seller - now available unabridged - offers suggestions for daily changes that can add up to a more relaxed, stress-free you. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down, live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, lower your tolerance to stress, trust your intuitions, and ultimately live each day as if it might be your last.

©1997 Richard Carlson, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved; (P)1997 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved, SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    Jennifer A. Jenkins Smithfield, VA United States 03-09-04
    Jennifer A. Jenkins Smithfield, VA United States 03-09-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Great for a"

    I love this book! I keep it on my Otis and when the stresses of daily life start getting to me I simply sit down and listen to it for 5 minutes. It really helps you to put things into perspective!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Prince George, BC, Canada 09-25-06
    Philip Prince George, BC, Canada 09-25-06
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    "Well Worth It"

    Techniques and habits discussed in the book in combination with stories to illustrate the application of the techniques have great application in today's society. Many of us are very stressed over what is happening in our lives and seem to be overwhelming at the time--and at that time, it probably is. Life is filled with many, many instances/occurrences which cause us to get stressed, be it related to work, family, money, really anything. R. Carlson discusses techniques to change perspective. In November 2005, there was a 3-day period I was continually reflecting over a great monetary loss. I had not slept much over that period. Some time was spent during the 3rd day listening to 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...,' I heard just one technique and in a moment my perspective changed; instantly, the pressure I felt in my chest from the stress caused by my loss vanished and I felt great peace.
    Life my not be easy, but, we don't need to be stressed out over everything.
    Great listen/read, well worth the investment.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Federico Jacksonville, FL, USA 05-16-06
    Federico Jacksonville, FL, USA 05-16-06
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    "Highly enjoyable & worthwhile"

    I found this book very helpful for my everyday living. It is simple and to the point psychology. I listen to it at work and whenever I feel stressed. What I like best about this one, is that it is read by the author himself, and he is a very very clear speaker and has soothing tone to his voice. I recommend this to anyone who wants to hear a few simple tips to help cope with life. I only wish I could put to practice at least 25% of what Dr. Richardson suggests.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl MEMPHIS, TN, United States 04-02-12
    Sheryl MEMPHIS, TN, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great info to live by"

    I really like listening , there is a lot of insight on how to live happier

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Smith 01-24-12
    Adam Smith 01-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This book keeps lifes challenges in perspective"
    What made the experience of listening to Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff the most enjoyable?

    Richard Carlson's soothing tone of voice and knowing that life can be taken one day at a time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes,this book is a stress reliever.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lewis Port Angeles, WA, USA 04-08-10
    Lewis Port Angeles, WA, USA 04-08-10
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    "Concise, easy to follow"

    I really like how this is done. Unlike other audio downloads, a separate voice announces each new section. Carlson is a very good speaker and his diction is very clear. The concept behind the book is to learn how to not sweat the small stuff in numerous different settings, and it is well done. By the time I finished the book, I had calmed immensely. Well worth the money and time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Belmont, MA, United States 03-05-10
    Doug Belmont, MA, United States 03-05-10 Member Since 2010

    Entrepreneur, marketer, Zen Buddhist.

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    "Wonderful"

    Enjoyable and insightful. You'll want to listen to it more than once!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jerris Bronx, NY, USA 06-21-10
    Jerris Bronx, NY, USA 06-21-10
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    "I LOVE THIS BOOK! GET IT!"

    This book was giving to me in print form first. I loved it so much that I had to buy it on audio. I love the in your face perspective. I live by this perspective. This has helped me with making decisions with my magazine and my photographer career.

    God Bless Richard Carlson, Ph. D.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ting 07-27-14
    Ting 07-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Guide to inner happiness"

    its like a bible to life, how to enjoy life to the most, to gain inner peacefulness and happiness. This book has helped me so much when i feel stressful and often forget to appreciate the every little thing in life. I sometimes cry when i read this book, it drags me out of any bad circumstances and reminds me what is really important in life. I would recommend this book to anyone

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    Amazon Customer United States 06-15-13
    Amazon Customer United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An easy listen without breaking a sweat"

    Dr. Carlson's voice quality is engaging and comforting. A great book and at the same time sad knowing he is no longer with us. His eloquent words and simple ideas live on though in this classic book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    There's a way to be both successful and stress-free. Richard Carlson shows the aspects of our lives which load stress and also ways to prevent them. Highly recommended.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay¬†Kay¬†Caddy
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    3/29/12
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    "Don't bother"

    I've read a few books on psychology, behaviour and relationships in the past and I have a degree in Psychology. I've heard good things about Don't Sweat the Small Stuff off tv but no recommendations from people who've bought it (now I know why!). It was in the Audible Sale and I thought I'd give it a go. I'm quite a stressed person and thought this might teach me some techniques to manage my stress. I was looking forward to it as other reviews made out it was life changing. It's narrated by the author and he does an ok job, very American upbeat style but then he is an American and it's a self help book so no surprises there. The book is only 4 hours so you're done with it pretty quickly that is either a positive or a negative depending on how you look at it ;) Some of the strategies were interesting but nothing ground breaking and you've probably already thought of most of them, in essence the techniques were just repeated ways of driving home the message of "relax and be grateful for what you've got". You'd probably get more use out of going to a yoga class or getting a massage so don't bother downloading it as it hardy has an impact at all and certainly isn't life changing. If you want an interesting book on behaviour and relationships which really will change your perspective then read 'Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps" by Allan and Barbara Pease (sadly not available on Audible).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Tadley, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Just Awesome"

    Should be included in everyone's life Philosophy!! Great to listen to and worth every penny

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    8/18/12
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    "Occasional good advice drowned in pointless ones"

    This book has a few gems, but it is not worth reading the whole thing to find those gems. You can live a good life without this book. Also, I found it annoying that the same advice was re-used over and over again, just dressed up in slightly different wordings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cherie
    Glossop, United Kingdom
    4/18/11
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    "So simple yet so effective."

    This book is life changing. Buy it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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