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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
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Aug 25, 12

Read in June, 2012

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff: simple ways to keep the little things from taking over your life, by Richard Carlson, suggests 100 ways for people to change the way they think about or address the stress in their lives. Each of the suggestions is presented on one or two small pages, which can be quickly read and understood. Most of them address specific issues such as, “Make Peace with Imperfection” or “Become More Patient” or “Become a Less Aggressive Driver” or “Do One Thing at a Time.” The book does not espouse a spiritual approach. However, several of the techniques seem to come from a Buddhist tradition, e.g., “Quiet the Mind” or “Practice Ignoring Your Negative Thoughts” or “Learn to Live in the Present Moment” or “Resist the Urge to Criticize.” Overall this book is a short and simple list of suggestions to help us understand that stress is a ubiquitous part of life, which must be addressed internally by the way we react to it. Carlson does not provide a panacea for stress, but he does provide some helpful concepts. He also presents a short list of selected reading.
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