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Dont Sweat The Small Stuff

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  81,394 ratings  ·  1,922 reviews
Richard Carlson PhD is a stress consultant in private practice, and is the bestselling author of You Can Feel Good Again. With this book, Carlson suggests ways to make life less stressful.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published December 16th 1997)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Jul 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Myself since I could use the help
I am not much of a self-help reader (occasionally I will read a Christian living/theology book but that's really it), but I recommend this book to everyone. There are some real pearls of wisdom therein (if you will pardon the cliche'). I definitely believe some of these strategies are intuitive, that you probably utilize some as survival mechanisms in your daily routine, just to get through the day and dealing with others. But it never hurts to get a gentle reminder. My recommendation is to keep ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Okay so it's not "cool" to read self-help books and, frankly, most of them give me the heebie jeebies, but I think this book was kind of spot-on. I liked how the ideas were presented in small vignettes instead of a massive tome that overwhelms more than inspires. I think Carlson has a good point in suggesting that maybe we make a big deal out of things that aren't such a big deal. I'm a pretty easy going person for the most part (oh, except for that depression thing) and a lot of what he says re ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was on the nightstand in a friend's guest room where I stayed recently - its natural habitat, I suppose; where else would you expect to find a book like this?

I read it over breakfast and it offers a bunch of tips on cultivating acceptance and loving kindness:

-Imagine an irritating person as a tiny infant and then as a 100-year-old (OK, this made me tear up);
-When someone criticizes you, start by agreeing with them (valuable skill!);
-Nurture a plant - talk to the plant, tell it you
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sounds dramatic but this book has been life changing for me in how I approach life. How had I never read this!!! Not only have I read it twice, I took detailed notes and bought the audio book so I have it playing in my car on repeat. I am someone who has always had bad anxiety and it's helped me tremendously, but the real value and difference comes in constantly reinforcing and reminding myself these lessons every single day otherwise I just go back into my old habits.
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is some great advice in this book. It's very fitting that the author ends the book by telling you to live each day as if it was your last, because he himself died unexpectedly during a flight from San Francisco to New York in 2006. He was only 45 years old. Life truly is short. None of us knows when it will end, so we need to cherish it. In this and many other pieces of advice, I couldn't agree with the author more.

There is a fair amount of repetition in this book, which at first was annoy
Raeleen Lemay
This had some helpful tips but also it was so short? The audiobook was only 1.5 hours is that really the whole book?
Sully (thysaltymar)

Once I get over pressured, the second thing I always do is to read this book(of course the first and foremost is to pray).

When we are pressured and stressed, we waste our time minding the tinsy minsy stuff in this world instead of fixing and turning our faces into what really pushes us into the edge.
This inspiring book tells us literally NOT TO SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF and to stop the things that slow our progress in attaining a life free from stress.

In the struggle of attaining freedom fr
Steve Woods
Snippets of good behavioral advice that anyone can accept....but putting them into practice? Like so many books of the "self help" variety, all good stuff however people who are strongly locked into behaving in ways that are contrary to the direction being proposed here might find this book and so many others like it, just another stick to beat themselves with for not being OK. The kinds of change that are required of people to have the behavioral changes described here take root are trans forma ...more
Venkataraman Sambasiva
This is an excellent book that could change the readers' behavior for the better.

The history of the book itself reveals how the author is ever ready to learn from the day-to-day happenings of life. He got the idea of the title 'Don't sweat the Small Stuff' from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in the course of business correspondence; and he has developed it as a valuable book for all.

There are one hundred maxims in the book, all of which deserve serious consideration. For the benefit of my readers, I shall l
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The concept of this book is an admirable one: how to relieve stress in your life and achieve a higher level of inner peace. However, while reading this book I found myself becoming more stressed out! This book is set up as essentially a list (YES! Another list!) of different methods and techniques that you can use to try and relieve stress from your life. As I am reading the list of different ideas, they make sense, but I feel as though this book was throwing too much at me for any of it to real ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Like so many books for self-help, there's a huge disconnect between the ease of stating the philosophy, and the ease of implementing it. Besides the huge disconnect between the imagined problem being solved and the real problems most people face.
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually appreciated more than I thought I would. Most things I knew or thought I did. The gentle reminders are great to meditate on. This is all about getting yourself to a better, happier place. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I can use it. There are interest tips here that are simply a mind-shift that brings happiness or a bit less stress into our lives. I loved most of them. Some did nothing for me but that is to be expected. Others felt redundant to some already given. A worthwhile r ...more
Cham Cuartero
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever felt like the whole world has turned its back on you? Lost your job, got buried in debt, drifted away from your loved-ones?

Haven't we all?

Each of us go through trying times in our lives. I cannot remember a single person who can claim that he/she has never gone though tough times in his/her life. The problems that we face vary from one individual to another and the gravity of such depends on our varying priorities in life.

The past few months have been very challenging from me. A roller coas
I was shocked at how wonderful this book is. I expected it to be really hokey and lame, but it was genuinely very helpful. I have incorporated many of the ideas into my daily life and they help me keep my anxiety under control. I'm pretty baffled that its so insanely mindful and helpful. A++.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is not a book that I read one time and never looked back at. This has become a guidebook for living my entire life. This book related so deeply with me and opened my eyes to simple ways I can lean into the joy of my life on a daily basis. LOVE THIS BOOK.
Bitchin' Reads
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad way to help me reground my perspective. I realized I had been slipping into negativity and feeling like every inconvenience, even the small ones, were a personal slight--the world was clearly out to get me. (Haha, jkjk.) I do recommend reading the physical book if you are going to read this one. The audiobook was nice since I commute long hours, but I think I would have enjoyed reading the physical book more. I would have been able to stop and contemplate more easily, whereas the the a ...more
Andi 앤디
I was a bit disappointed to tell you honestly. I’ve learned nothing new or extraordinary. It’s the usual life tips you hear from other people or your very own common sense. The writing in this book is also very simple... too simple. I also wonder whether or not the author really did encounter the stories presented. It’s not impossible, but it just seemed convenient enough to write in this book.

I think this is a good one to give to preteens as it’s a quick and easy read. But if you are someone l
robin rubecula
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short list of life-rules. You already know half of them, but nevertheless I noticed that shortly after reading some of them migrated into my daily life.
A book on mindfullness, not holding grudge and that life is to be enjoyed.
Richard Newton
I liked this book more than I expected to. That is not exactly saying much, given I thought I would hate it. (For anyone wondering why I would read a book I expected to dislike - partially professional research, partially because I've learnt from being wrong about books before, and partially with the natural jealousy of a much less successful author intrigued by a book that has sold 10 million copies).

This is a well meaning book with one central positive message which I agree with: we all worry
Iman I 240511
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff is a self-development book written by Richard Carlson. The book gives simple ways to keep the little things from overtaking our lives. I learnt from Carlson that we should live our lives in a calmer and less stressful way and to be able to let go of our problems. The main purpose of this book is to stop letting the little things in life drive us crazy. The book has 136 short essays that Dr. Carlson gives simple strategies for living a more pea ...more
Jethro Jacinto
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cover of this book says it was a bestselling book of the year at one time. After opening it up and glancing through it, it't not hard to see why.
The purpose of the book is to get you to look at things, common situations we all come across everyday, like being criticized or being given more work than you can possibly finish, and see them a little differently. Believe it or not, it delivers- and in just a page or two at a time if you can believe that!
That's because the wisdom is definitely the
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and it’s all Small Stuff is a self-help book written by Richard Carlson. This book has numerous tips and advice on how to make life better: like “will this matter in 100 years?”. He gives other suggestions about many topics such as depression, doing good deeds and waking up early to have time for yourself. This book was enjoyable to read and flowed nicely.
Oct 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a load of self serving egotistical crap. It is en vogue to say how wonderful this book is but I found it to be just the authors way of telling you how wonderful he is. Pity one star is the lowest.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know why I hated it? Because IT'S ALL COMMON SENSE, and I paid money to read what I already know and tell other people.

Missed out on my opportunity to make money writing it myself I guess.
Feb 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel that this book had 10 good pieces of advice, but dragged it out into 100 repetitive things.
Suad Alhalwachi
A 100 suggestions that are true for me and I bet for everyone else as well, we are all agitated, anxious, tired, critical, never listen, run all the time after things, become upset if we are criticized, and so on. Actually I thought the writer had written the book about me as I am exactly like that. I become upset if a cup is broken! I worry about not finishing my work, I criticize all the time. (Maybe only in driving I am very careful because of my phobia) but all the other 99 traits are spot o ...more
Fatma Nasser
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I kept reading... I felt as if the author wrote this book while he was drinking coffee, sitting in a garden, and surrounded by enchanting roses! I mean he definitely was in a good and chill mood!!
The chapters are so so light! Brings contentment !! And really convince you that there is always a way to relax!
When all the reasons of "not making big things out of small things" are laid on paper... you can see how absurd you are when you turn your life into an emergency for things that don't des
Excellent timing...
Shiva HNF
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I’ve listened to the audio book and it was amazing. Read or listen to the book and you’ll need no therapist.
Clark Hallman
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Th ...more
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Richard Carlson, Ph.D, was born and raised in the Bay Area. He grew up in Piedmont and received his bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University and his doctorate in psychology from Sierra University before opening a private psychotherapy practice.

During his life, he was considered one of the foremost experts in happiness and stress reduction in the United States and around the world and was a fre

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