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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Philip
  • Prince George, BC, Canada
  • 09-25-06

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.

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  • Federico
  • Jacksonville, FL, USA
  • 05-16-06

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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  • Lewis
  • Port Angeles, WA, USA
  • 04-08-10

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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  • Sheryl
  • MEMPHIS, TN, United States
  • 04-02-12

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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  • Jerris
  • Bronx, NY, USA
  • 06-21-10

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

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This book has changed my life. Never has a book rang more true and given such sound guidance on how to manage the stress of "small stuff". I am forever grateful that Richard Carlson wrote this book and I was able to listen to it on Audible. Highly recommend!!

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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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  • 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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  • Sonya
  • 07-27-18

excellent <br />

A little eye opener!
Very easy to listen to and really makes you think.... it's definitely one you'd listen to again and again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-18

don't sweat the small stuff

excellent. listened to this over and over again lots of good technique's in this to help you cope with people

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  • Paul H.
  • 11-30-17

It’s changed my life!

What an amazing insight. It’s really taught me where I’ve been going wrong my whole adult life. I now question my thoughts and actions so much in an effort to be a nicer person and less stressed and frustrated with the World.

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  • Mr. S. Wallace-jones
  • 09-23-17

A beautiful book

Of the hundred plus books I have read this year, this one is one I am recommending to my friends and loved ones.

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  • Mrs. J Radonjic
  • 09-04-17

Brilliant, useful and practical book

What did you like most about Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stuff?

Very practical and down to earth

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I recommend this book to everyone, as it reminds us of what is really important in life and how to deal with ego, power struggle, and daily annoyances and stress

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  • Pretty Pixel 72
  • 08-30-17

Loved this audio book

Book definitely gave me food for thought to help me live a more peaceful life

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  • MarkPT
  • 08-13-17

A bit dull

I read the paper copy of this book about 5 years ago and from. Memory rated it well, so I thought I'd freshen up the thoughts with the audio version.

It shows what 5 years can bring in knowledge as I've read and listened to a lot more!

This time round I took away very little, found the narration quite tedious and a bit too 'forget everything stressful and move on'

If you're new to self help etc then maybe, if not, there's a lot more substance out there

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  • mark a litchfield
  • 06-21-17

A gifted author/narrator

A calming yet intuitive set of values. Using a depth of knowledge and quotations from historical sources.

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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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  • 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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  • 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

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  • Moss
  • 03-14-16

very necessary

I found most of the principles highly helpful and will try to remember most of them in my daily life. it's lot of wisdom concentrated in one place.

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