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