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You Can Be Happy No Matter What Audiobook

You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles Your Therapist Never Told You

Most of us believe that our happiness depends on the outside world - and that by solving our problems, improving our relationships, or achieving success, we will find contentment. In You Can Be Happy No Matter What, Dr. Richard Carlson shows that happiness has nothing to do with forces beyond our control. His simple and practical guide teaches 5 principles for discovering a new mode of living that doesn't repress natural emotions, yet where feelings and thoughts don't overwhelm us.
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Most of us believe that our happiness depends on the outside world - and that by solving our problems, improving our relationships, or achieving success, we will find contentment. In You Can Be Happy No Matter What, Dr. Richard Carlson shows that happiness has nothing to do with forces beyond our control. His simple and practical guide teaches 5 principles - Thought, Moods, Separate Realities, Feelings, and the Present Moment - for discovering a new mode of living that doesn't repress natural emotions, yet where feelings and thoughts don't overwhelm us.

Dr. Carlson is the best-selling author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff.

©1997 Richard Carlson; (P)New World Library

What the Critics Say

"...Shows us...how to remove the blocks to the awareness of our natural state, happiness." (Gerald Jampolsky, Love is Letting Go of Fear)

"...[Counterbalances] the therapy junkie's tendency to wallow in 'processing' while life's beauty passes them by." (Yoga Journal)

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    Bilgin Esme IstanbulTurkey 11-21-07
    Bilgin Esme IstanbulTurkey 11-21-07
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    "Important information with"

    Well, this title is not as brilliant and vibrant as "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!. It's rather like a textbook on a good topic. But if you give it a fair chance, you'll get as much stuff as Richard Carlson's masterpiece works. His approach for "handling stress" in later chapters is quite original. I simply loved it.

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    Bill 04-23-16
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    "A must read"

    The earlier in life you read this book the better! It should be re-read at the beginning of each year as a re-fresher.

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    Andrew 04-16-16
    Andrew 04-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "My mind is more at ease."

    Short and sweet. No need to over think it ;) I am less depressed than when I started listening. 98% of the book was filled with beneficial material. Cheaper and better than going to a psychologist in my experience. If you don't have the money to go to the doctors this will give you the tools. Try out "the mindful way through depression as well"

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    debbie 02-12-16
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    "gre at book, helped me alot!"

    one of the best books ever for self help category. helped me alot with years of negative thinking, effecting my emotions for many years. a must read.

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    Lindylou Who Pen Argyl, Pa 12-21-15
    Lindylou Who Pen Argyl, Pa 12-21-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Good information and easy to Understand"

    If you are searching for happiness this book will tell you how to get there. I've tried other books and enjoyed them, but really didn't have any tools to figure it out for myself. This book was different, and showed me how I was creating my own unhappiness. There was enough easy to follow suggestions that I feel much better after reading it.

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    "Easy to grasp and freeing!"

    The science about how thoughts occur was fascinating. I have been giving my thoughts too much credibility!

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    "carefully narrated and very helpful."

    I loved the book.
    You won't be sorry you read listened to Dr. Carlson, Ph.D


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    "This book is great"

    The narrator is great this book keeps me focused. I've had it for a while and I've read it several times. This book helps me put things into perspective. I'm Happy.

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    Shelly VANCOUVER, WA, United States 11-09-13
    Shelly VANCOUVER, WA, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant Advise and Instant Mood Changer"
    What made the experience of listening to You Can Be Happy No Matter What the most enjoyable?

    I owned the print version of the book previous to purchasing the audio book. I am enjoying the audio version even more because I can listen to it while I otherwise wouldn't be able to read, such as in the car or in the middle of the night when I am too tired or don't want to flip on the lights. I suggest this book to every person I know. If there were only one book a person could have to help manage their own happiness, this would be it. I say that despite the fact I love and listen to many other authors on the same topic. However, this information is so succinct, it's effect is immediate if you are in need of making an emotional changeup. It is much like a mental magic pill. I love every minute of listening to this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You Can Be Happy No Matter What?

    Laughing while listening to the section regarding taking our thoughts literally, and what we all might be thinking while driving in traffic.


    What does Richard Carlson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I believe you can hear a sincerity in the authors voice behind what he is saying. I think all people looking to improve themselves seek this kind of non-judgmental advice. You get the feeling Richard Carlson is making an effort to improve peoples lives, not in a sappy way nor in a cold and clinical way, but something human and in between.


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

    Definitely. And repeatedly.


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever wished you could 'magically' change your mood, buy this book. It will teach you how to do it. This book has changed my life for the good. Thank you Richard Carlson!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tuile Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-10-12
    Tuile Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "SIMPLEST, TO-THE-POINT SELF HELP in recent memory."
    What did you love best about You Can Be Happy No Matter What?

    Simplicity. Takes the Best of all the major Psychoanalytic and behavioral schools of therapy and wraps it all up in a Scholarly, yet easy-to-digest work for the professional and lay person alike.


    What other book might you compare You Can Be Happy No Matter What to and why?

    Don't Sweat the Small Stuff. Just a good book by the same author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    You are your own thoughts.


    What did you learn from You Can Be Happy No Matter What that you would use in your daily life?

    How to look at thinking, moods, and how to turn negativity into positive outcomes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Read for Professionals in the Mental Healthcare industry as well as individuals who want a clear, concise guidebook which could save a person THOUSANDS in therapy. Dr Carlson also wrote "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" and others, and died due to a blood clot while flying to a book signing at a very young age. He was a great therapist who was ahead of his time, and a great teacher of complex ideas who could bring those ideas to the masses in an easy to understand fashion. He will be missed, but his works live on.

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    "one of the best books"

    If you can implement what this book is teaching it will change your experience of life.
    It gets you to look at your relationship of what you think and how you interperate those thoughts,it is suprising how much misery we bring on ourselves with our own thoughts,this book will show you how to understand your thoughts to gain a more realistic interpretation.

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    "Wow"

    Very good and simple useful ideas in this book, thanks to Dr. Richard Carlson. Helps a person change

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