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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)2012 New World Library

Critic Reviews

"...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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Brilliant and Life Changing Three Principals Book

A great introduction to Syd Bank's Three Principles. If you have listened or read Elsie Spittle, Michael Neill or Damian Mark Smyth's " Do Nothing" then you will love this book. It takes the Three Principles ideas of Mind, Consciousness and Thought and turns them into a primer for living our every day lives with happiness, joy and contentment. One of the best books ever on the Three Principles and a real life changer if you follow with action in your life. I can't imagine how wonderful the world would be if everyone in the world read and followed the practical ideas in their everyday lives.

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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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LIFE CHANGER

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.

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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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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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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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Everyone needs to read/listen to this!

The world would simply be a better place if we could learn and understand the messages in this book.

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Please read!

Changed my life for the better, anytime i need some self help i come to this book and it immediately changes my perspective, especially when feeling down, upset or going through some setbacks.

THANK YOU RICHARD CARLSON, you are so loved.

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  • BV
  • 07-23-18

Most life changing book I've ever read

I have been an avid reader my entire life and my genre of choice is self-development. Of the hundreds of books I've read on the topic this one has resonated with me the most and has truly changed my life. Most books are filled with fluff and the same recycled ideas, not this one! The things he mentions are tangible, actionable and THEY WORK! For example - one of the most important things you can do is be aware of your current mood and make it a rule to not analyze your life or your problems when you're in a bad mood. Do everything you can to distract yourself and go back to your problem when you're in a better mood. Just this one simple concept has genuinely changed my life. I re-listen to this book every single month to keep it fresh in my mind (i've listened at least 8 times now) and I recommend it to everyone in my life.

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calming life changing book

this is a great book to listen in chunks. simply take it up and listen when you want. pretty much one message throughout the whole book but told in many useful ways. Recommended

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  • Expat_Deutschland
  • 12-30-16

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.

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  • Marc
  • 12-13-08

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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  • 11-10-16

A Doctor who uses actual Truth makes this work

What did you like most about You Can Be Happy No Matter What?

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.

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

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.

Have you listened to any of Richard Carlson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not yet.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Nothing to lose.

Any additional comments?

Please read his book, it will change your life.

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  • M. Hira
  • 06-17-15

Wow

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

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  • Samantha
  • 10-09-18

Excellent Book !!!

Like the book very much. Narrating is also very good. I think the concepts are universallly applicable anywhere.

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  • Jenny Q
  • 06-30-18

Good - interesting ideas

Very easy to listen to. Interesting ideas, but I felt it was a little lacking on how to actually implement what he was talking about some of the time.