This groundbreaking inspirational guide–a classic in the self-help genre–shows you how to put challenges in perspective, reduce stress and anxiety through small daily changes, and find the path to achieving your goals. Among the insights it reveals are how to:
- Think of your problems as potential “teachers”
- Do one thing at a time
- Share glory with others
- Learn to trust your intuitions
Got a stress case in your life? Of course you do: “Without question, many of us have mastered the neurotic art of spending much of our lives worrying about a variety of things all at once.” Carlson’s cheerful book aims to make us stop and smell–if not roses–whatever is sitting in front of our noses. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… offers 100 meditations designed to make you appreciate being alive, keep your emotions (especially anger and dissatisfaction) in proper perspective, and cherish other people as the unique miracles they are. It’s an owner’s manual of the heart, and if you follow the directions, you will be a happier, more harmonious person. Like Stairmasters, oat bran, and other things that are good for you, the meditations take discipline. Even so, some of the strategies are kind of fun: “Imagine the people in your life as tiny infants and as 100-year-old adults.” The trouble is, once you start, it’s hard to stop.
“Over a decade of positive psychology research seems to validate what we learned twenty years ago from Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. . . . These wonderful books help break down and simplify how to achieve that happiness.”―Shawn Achor, bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage
“After almost two decades since the original release of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson’s insights on the meaning of life continue to be timeless. The book teaches us to focus on the ‘now’ and find balance by living through contentment.”―Deepak Chopra
“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff has the power to change our individual and collective lives. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Richard Carlson and his beloved wife Kristine for their wisdom and compassion in bringing transformational practices and perspectives to millions of readers.”―Shauna Shapiro, author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness
“Richard Carlson caused a revolution in all our thinking with his Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff books. He was like a Zen master in disguise, taking almost an aw-shucks attitude toward shifting the culture.”―Marianne Williamson, New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love
About the Author
Richard Carlson, Ph.D., was an internationally known speaker and the #1 bestselling author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff About Money, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Your Family, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens, and coauthor (with his wife Kristine) of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love.