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
"...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)
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.
Richard's Carlson's writing has changed my life over the last 20 years by introducing and supporting the idea that my thinking is not reality and my thoughts are not real.
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"
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.
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.
Laughing while listening to the section regarding taking our thoughts literally, and what we all might be thinking while driving in traffic.
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.
Definitely. And repeatedly.
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!
"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.
"It changed me completely "
I love this book and have listened to it so many times on repeat. There are a number of advices which I adhere to on a daily basis. For example I am more aware of my thoughts playing with my mind. I am less worried and see my life and others in a different light. I know that the author sadly died and it kind of feels that he is speaking from another world. This is an useful and straight talking audio book. I would definitely recommend this.
"A Doctor who uses actual Truth makes this work"
You can implement this straight away. In the morning I hated my enemy sitting next to me, of course I knew this was wrong but I struggled to deal with him, he was bigoted and foul mouthed. I began listening to this book and by the end of the day I easily made him my friend and actually sincerely liked him, despite all his faults that appeared to me, and he liked me too!
This really works because you immediately connect with what you know to be your own inner and Universal Truth and it's therefore fool-proof. This should be mandatory reading for all. It reminds us of the way things really are and not just they way they appear according to our developed beliefs and our own personal projections.
Sometimes the world seems to overtake us, but really it is just our own mind struggling ineffectively to solve apparent problems. This book shows you how to stop doing this and how to instantly and easily get a little space and distance from daily issues thus allowing them to be solved automatically as we take our own self out of the equation. (My words only). Stress and problems dissolve away instantly. It's truly amazing. Then when the pressure that was creeping up on you is gone you can properly solve the issue if required - indeed if it was as serious as it had seemed at the time and in a far more objective and effective way using your natural positive frame of mind. This is my interpretation anyway, but you need to read it for yourself. Well worth every penny and I will keep going back to this book as life tries to creep in with it's stresses when I forget about Truth again.
Not all of us can escape to a Buddhist Monastery and believe me it's not all plain sailing there either, but this you can apply this right now and instantly surpass those who have had years of training in trying to master happiness. This is good, VERY good. Thanks Dr Richard.
My own book Freedom of the Peaceful Warrior. This book tries to analyse and explain that which is beyond human understanding, that which can only be experienced directly by the individual to be fully understood and realised. Perhaps this way people will get an understanding of the concept of it and move towards it.
It is not easy to get there of course but I try to explain the experience of it that came to me after some extremely hard times trying to get there. Of course only years later after having given up and getting in some serious trouble did it come to me by itself in it's own sweet time of course.
I try to re-draw upon that Ultimate and transforming experience in daily life and I do admit it is very hard and I am not always effective. I feel that I need to take time out to re-focus. Life has it's pressures when we allow it overrun us.
But Dr Richard's book above tells you how to immediately apply this same Truth seemingly by amazing coincidence and how get you to it straight away. Of course the Truth is Universal so it should be no surprise to find that someone else has also accessed it but seemingly mastered its application here and now and when in the thick of it all. I take my hat off to him.
His book is really useful to me as it is easily applied and you can instantly feel the results. I could perhaps add a little to his book in places but he could certainly add a lot of clarity and summary and user-effectiveness to mine.
I have not yet.
Nothing to lose.
Please read his book, it will change your life.
Very good and simple useful ideas in this book, thanks to Dr. Richard Carlson. Helps a person change
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