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

Narrated by: Richard Carlson
Length: 4 hrs
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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.
©2005 (c)1997 Richard Carlson, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved.

(P) 1997 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Great info to live by

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

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An easy read and even my 11 year old finds it worthwhile.

It flows nicely with good examples and the breaks with the female voice works well.

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A great reminder

Simple, but solid and effective reminders that life really isn't an emergency, and a deep breath goes a long way.

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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.

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Wonderful

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

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Life Changing

I shared this book with everyone that I knew was struggling with the same issues in life that I was.
Sixteen years ago, I brought 6 books and shared them with coworkers, with the promise that they'd pass it on to someone else in need, or that they'd return it to me so I could share it with another. This book went around our shop that consisted of over 1000 people for quite some time, and many people went out and bought more to share within the shop and with family & friends. It is extremely easy to read, very down to earth & to the point, and I still find myself returning to it over & over again. Sometimes, I need reminders on what is really small stuff & how to deal with it. I love that it is on Audible, and I can go to bed listening to a chapter every night. Richard Carlson's voice is very pleasing, and I love the way that he uses everyday life examples to help readers understand the messages he's putting out there. He really helped me remove a LOT of stress & aggravation from my life. I'm so thankful that a friend passed this on to me.

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  • Bilgin
  • 07-22-05

highly recommended

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-23-18

Great day starter

I like listening to this book at the start and end of my day on my commute. It has great suggestions for happy living and I found myself being happier and more stress free after listening to it. Don't expect any mind blowing revelations, but it is a good reminder of what really matters.

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  • A Eaton
  • 04-26-20

This was Such a great book.

This is so useful for every day life, you will not regret getting this great book.

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  • AyeshaDoll
  • 03-05-20

Something for everyone

We all need a reminder, worth a listen even if you are the most calm person

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  • SD
  • 02-16-20

Don't sweat the small stuff...

I was drawn to this book by the title and the reference to Wayne Dyer who coined this phrase.

Having now finished this book, I was surprised how much of it seemed to copy Dyer's work (which I have read a lot of). This was disappointing as I thought the author may have his own take on life, not just repeating Dyer's pearls of wisdom.

In parts of the book, I felt the advice was patronising and irrelevant, such as 'Take out the trash' in reference to doing other people's chores for them. In other parts, there seemed to be a lot of repetitive advice disguised under different headings.
The only reason I gave it 3 stars for the story is that the good bits were, in my opinion, taken from Wayne Dyer's incredible books so I would recommend reading his work instead so you get a whole book of great advice rather than fragmented bits intertwined with the not so good.

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  • Emma
  • 01-20-20

Light hearted listening to feel good

Not many people know the author passed away in his 40’s. This book is a great legacy to leave behind which I’m sure will give others great advice and learnings.

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  • Rob W.
  • 09-17-19

Lovely book full of great advice

A book that I have treasured revisiting many times since I first read it in 2001.

Full of great advice and applicable now more than ever given our noisy current times.

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  • Maia Kipping
  • 08-22-19

A must read

I absolutely loved this audiobook, it has really made me gain perspective on the way to change my life and not spend it stressing.

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  • Michael
  • 05-30-19

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Hundreds of actions and anecdotes. Don’t think you will action them. Not a natural performer. The happiness advantage is on a different level

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-19

A good listen :)

I found it a good book to help me manage my over think things so much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-18

great book!

only improvement could be a summary pdf to reference the strategies there's a lot to remember.

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  • Steven T.
  • 06-12-20

I couldn't enjoy the narrating

I simply couldn't get through it. For me, the narration was annoying and the stories were average.
But, that was just my experience.

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  • mathew broster
  • 12-01-18

great read

very logical explanations and I took many many notes and will adapt into my own journey

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  • Chris
  • 08-10-18

A must listen!

A superbly written and motivating book. Everyone should have it on their reading/listening list. Great for focusing on whats important in life and not letting 'small' things stress you out.

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  • Christopher Sellers
  • 07-19-18

Timeless wisdom

A lifetime of timeless wisdom. The book is a gem. Well read by the author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-22-18

what an eye opener

i m in love with this book. such a simple but powerful approach. everyone should read it.

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  • Michael
  • 02-20-17

best motivation/positive thinking book yet

great book one of the best i have read. simple modern era approach. would recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-17

Love this book

I love this book. Has heaps of valuable and easy to implement strategies to turn a high-strung stresshead like me into a calm, relaxed go-with-the-flow gal.

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  • John Robinson
  • 12-21-16

Insights for a happy life

This book is full of useful insights for living a happier and less stressful life. There are so many that I would recommend taking notes as you read or listen. I enjoyed this book.

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  • Dennis
  • 05-06-15

Just Awesome

This is so good, I can understand why it's NYT best seller, would be silly not to have this in your library