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Easier Than You Think

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  351 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
All of us are looking for practical ways to take control of our lives, whether in our personal relationships, our families, our work, our health, or our future plans. Daily challenges have a way of overwhelming us, making life harder than it needs to be. The good news is that the answers are out there. And they are Easier Than You Think.

In the phenomenal bestseller Don't S
Published April 26th 2005 by HarperAudio (first published 2005)
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Tristan Macavery
In law, a process known as "shepardizing" involves researching cases related to the one that you're representing, using Shepard's Citations. In each case that you look up, you can find other cases, which leads you to others, etc. Shepardizing should be thorough, and in theory could lead on forever; so how do you know when to stop? When the cases you find start referring back to cases you've already read.

Dr. Carlson's book is much the same. There are segments of this book that have already been c
Jan 23, 2010 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The unabridged audiobook has four star advice and Richard Carlson does a four star job of reading his book. I give the book only three stars because almost all of the techniques he taught were things I've already learned from other sources. They are good techniques and I was happy to be reminded of some of them, but this book was less useful for me personally than it will be for many others. I'd suggest reading or listening to Richard Carlson's Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and It's All Small Stu ...more
Jul 03, 2016 Kitty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! It was a life saver for me when I first read it. I frequently pull it out and re-read my favorite parts as reminders that life doesn't have to be so hard.
Debbie Deerwester
This book is perfect for those in a rut and can only see the negative in everything. It basically tells you to change your thoughts to positive ones. Easier said sometimes than done. If you are looking for a way to change your life by doing something really simple read "29 Gifts" by Kami Walker.
Jennifer Lila
If everyone would do all the things Richard Carlson says in this book the world would be a better place.
Mary Lou
Jan 10, 2016 Mary Lou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
From the bit I read, Carlson's book contained the same old "make time for YOU!" stuff that passes for brilliance these days, but I continued on to see if it got better. I decided it wasn't worth my time when I got to the chapter "Remember the Power of Hope" when his advice was to send "positive energy" to someone with whom you don't get along. What the heck does that even mean?* What a lot of pop-psychology, new age bunk.

*This question is rhetorical - please don't feel the need to send me your
Sep 19, 2015 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Written by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, this is a wonderful little book to give you that extra bit of push to work through your problems, concerns and stresses in life. It’s a quick read and provides quality advice for overcoming problems and taking control of your lives. It’s a basic self-help book that provide you simple and easy steps to take to make the daily challenge of life not seem so difficult to handle.

In “Easier Than You Think…” Dr. Carlson
Mar 08, 2012 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Small is big*

Don't let the small size of this book fool you. It's actually a nice metaphor for the overall message of the book: small is big.

As the author notes in the introduction, this book is all about "making small changes that bring great rewards to your life works." His approach is divided into four sections. The first, " A Penny for Your Thoughts," focuses on helping you to change the way you think. The second, "Take Five," provides ways to learn how not to react out of impulse or fear b
Kim Tong Lim
Feb 28, 2013 Kim Tong Lim rated it really liked it
Dr Richard Carlson wrote the bestselling book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” back in 1996. I was a fan of him back then reading quite a number of “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series. I picked up “Easier than you think” by chance in 2005, the year before 2006 when he died at age 45.” Life was so unpredictable but I am glad that I have learned about coping with life challenges through his books.

“Easier than you think, because life doesn’t have to be so hard” provides ideas of small changes in your
Krishna Kumar
May 04, 2015 Krishna Kumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very quick and easy to read, this book has a lot of useful advice that can help a person identify the right priorities in life. The author provides simple methods to put things in the right perspective. It is about the one person and the one thing we can change - ourselves and our attitude towards what is happening. There are many self-help books like this on the market, nevertheless this book reads differently and is very refreshing.
Jun 25, 2010 Hoan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a self help book that really stresses staying positive by doing small things. I think since many people are resistant to major changes, small changes may be key. I actually really enjoyed reading this - it reenforced the notion to be grateful for the little things in life and to lighten up. We are often too hung up on the stupid things in life and focus on the negative quite too often. Maybe if we change our attitude and look to the positive, we all won't be so grumpy. This book strongl ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good concepts, but very little I hadn't heard in other self help / happiness books. I suppose I should be pleased I live most of the time according to his principles, but it's also good to hear it over and over to emphasize.
Aug 07, 2015 Aakash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is fabulous. If you want to change something look in the mirror and make the small changes accordingly your life would be easier. Dr. Richard Carlson is a fantastic author however, I have not read whole book.
Mar 02, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this better than the author's other book, "Don't sweat the small stuff." There are some repetitions, but the new things I learned have been very helpful. And even if I already knew some of what was in the book, it was nice to be reminded daily about things I may not be implementing. The chapters are a good length and it's written in a way where you can easily take away action items to apply what is being discussed.
Dottie Resnick
Jan 20, 2016 Dottie Resnick rated it it was amazing
I listened to this book in several hours. It was a good reminder that in some cases just changing your thinking and attitude can help. Because life really doesn't need to be so hard.
May 03, 2016 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
The chapters are short and to-the-point -- useful as a daily meditative exercise. I like that the bite-sized ideas come with illustrative stories and practical how-to advice.
Another of Carlson's books that provides simple, basic, common sense changes to your life to increase your happiness and general life satisfaction. Very easy read.
Ethan Fleck
Apr 30, 2013 Ethan Fleck rated it really liked it
Helps you to put lots of things about your life in perspective. One of those books that you can see benefit in at any point in life. At the time I was reading this, I found out someone at work was under a lot of stress with pretty much the highest blood pressure that you can have before having a heart attack. He is taking the week off to relax and get some medicine, but I got the chance to talk to him and reminded him what's truly important in life. I like to think this book really helped me to ...more
Feb 23, 2008 Elissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
I found this book to be a quick and refreshing self-help book. It doesn't have any really new things to say. Instead, each chapter is a little reminder of something a person could do to improve their life, such as being content with what you have, working toward goals, taking time for yourself, etc. I got this from the library, but I think I will buy it just to read every once in awhile. It has a lot principles that I could really work on. There could be (and have been) books written on each sub ...more
Molly Zeller
May 28, 2015 Molly Zeller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very similar to "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"
Dec 17, 2014 Waseem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first experience with any of Richard Carlsons work, and to my pleasant surprise, I'm not sure why I haven't heard or come across him before, this is a fantastic book and amazingly simply put. Some fantastic golden nuggets of information that can help your life in more ways than one...

...and as the title says, the author really puts the content across which really makes you see and believe..that it really is 'easier than you think' - and life can be so much more simple

Waseem Mirza
Aug 27, 2015 JAYSON rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jul 12, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it
Always interested in these type of "self-help" books, especially when I need a reminder how to stay positive in life. This is the "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" author, Richard Carlson. He provides simple, easy to implement strategies to change our thinking, ultimately leading to more happiness and a less stressful life. A quick, easy read.
Jan 21, 2011 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction-read
I am surprised how much I liked this book. Plausible, intelligible & potentially fruitful. There was a time when I might have been dismissive of the author's message but in my current context the notion of making small changes (baby steps) to improve one's outlook and quality of life strikes a resonant chord for me.
Easier Than You Think is a good and easy read. Small changes make big differences and this book not only proves it, but shows you how. If you're feeling stuck in a rut or like you need some positive changes in your life, give this book a shot and see if it doesn't give you a lot to think about.
Debra Ham
This book was ok. I gave it 2 stars because the information was things that I already knew. This book wasn't very entertaining even though it's filled with stories of others, but I just wasn't left feeling like I want to go out and make the mentioned small changes immediately. Maybe it's just me....!
Alene Sen
May 02, 2013 Alene Sen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Like many books about how to improve your perspective on life, this book is pretty simple to understand. Much of the stuff is common sense, but it's good to be reminded of just how simple it is to change our way of doing things. I think the key is to actually do it and continue doing it.
Aug 09, 2009 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some good tips and advice on how to make life more meaningful one small change at a time. Generally stuff that we all know, but don't always live. Nothing ground-breaking (which is why the two star rating), but some good ways to put life in perspective.
Teddy O'connell
Aug 13, 2012 Teddy O'connell rated it it was amazing
Richard Carlson is so easy to read--and understand. The title could have been better. The sub, sub title would have explained more, "The Small Changes That Add Up to a World of difference." A feel good book...a DO good book.
Feb 19, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have to read it slow or take notes to enjoy this book. Otherwise you will say there's nothing new here. The author suggests small changes you can make to make your life easier.
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Richard Carlson Ph.D. was an author, psychotherapist, and motivational speaker, who rose to fame with the success of his best-selling book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all Small Stuff (1997).

He met and married Kristine Anderson (Kris Carlson) in 1981 while he was a student at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Carlson published his first book in 1985, but became famous when his Do
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