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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  65,865 ratings  ·  2,031 reviews
Worry affects everyone and descends with ease upon work, money, family life and relationships. This book offers practical strategies for breaking out of this destructive habit, before it breaks you.





Dale Carnegie shows how worry has been conquered by thousands, some famous, but most just ordinary people, and offers practical suggestions for leading a more positive and enjoy
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Paperback, 293 pages
Published May 23rd 1990 by Vermilion (first published 1944)
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Sanjay Gautam
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune."

This book (along with other books by Dale Carnegie) can be life-changing. The book takes the incessant problem of worry, head on. It says that of all the liars in the world most of the time it's our own fears and worries. Worry doesn't take away your troubles but it do take away your peace, that's the main message of the book. He starts very scientifically by searching the causes behind the wor
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Lola
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Remember, it's pointless to worry about insomnia, because you won't die of lack of sleep, your body won't let you! Aaaaahhhhh... I can already feel my worries melting away. Seriously, worrying is the cause of so many problems that we should all do our best to vanquish it.
Marnette Falley
Feb 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The advice Carnegie gives is all stuff you've heard before, but he pairs it with compelling stories about people who've taken the worrying to an extreme and who've totally turned their lives around by ditching their angst. Some of my favorite points:

Fatigue comes from stress, not from work.

Becoming wise is a path. As you go, remember that compassionate, considered responses make life more manageable.

Contented life is a choice.
Ujjawal Sureka
Genre: Self-improvement.
Publication Date: 1948

This book is the need of the hour.

The author has spoken about how worries at different personal and business levels has affected an individual and how it has been a reason for the development of certain disease that could have been avoided. He narrates numerous examples of how people, when in dire situations, some unimaginable, were able to cope with their miseries and turn their negative condition to a positive one.

Few of the points worth mentioning
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Chhun
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was so blue that I didn't have nice shoes to wear, and it was until I met a man on the wheelchair at the corner of the street. He didn't even have both legs. I helped him buy drink from the vending machine. I asked him if he was upset of sitting on the wheelchair every day. He smiled to me, "I used to be, but not now". "Do you think I can speak?", he asked me. That was a strange question. "We are talking right now", I replied unconsciously. "Do you think I can see you?", he continued. He made ...more
Karolina
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think the problem with this book is that it's mostly based on persuasive voice. Once the effects of that wear off, it's hard to be convinced to change an ingrained habit. Although, what helps is a desperation to do so.

There are many examples in this book, but very little "this is why it works". Even more so, the further you go into it, the more the author sounds like "What's the matter with you? Don't you see? Why don't you do this?"; and I think, if this were a person-to-person argument, that
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Tim
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-development
Fundamental Facts You Should Know About Worry
Rule 1 - If you want to avoid worry, do what Sir William Osler did" Live in "day-tight compartments." Don't stew about the future. Just live each day until bedtime.
Rule 2 - The next time Trouble - with a Capital T - backs you up in a corner, try the magic formula of Willis H. Carrier:
a. Ask yourself, "What is the worst that can possibly happen if I can't solve my problem?"
b. Prepare yourself mentally to accept the worst - if necessary.
c. Then calmly t
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Amit Mishra
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some books are evergreen whenever you turn their pages you will find something new. This book is time tested and paved the way for millions of people to live their life happily.
I love reading Dale Carnegie due to his writing styles. He makes everything quiet and clear. His language is pretty easy and elaboration is lucid and detailed.
The book 'How to stop worrying and start living' is a masterpiece by him. He has shown some practical steps in the way of becoming a person free from fear and non
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Deepak Chaudhary
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
Wow this book is really good and deserves to be read a few times over your lifetime. The best thing about it is that it can be downloaded free legally since it is so old now that the copyright laws do not apply to it (or something) all you have to do is search for it on Google with something like "How to stop worrying and start living filetype pdf" and its yours to bind or read on a computer. Even if you feel that you do not need to worry you should pick up this book and keep it on the top of yo ...more
Teresa
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
- Advice - live in day-tight compartments.
- Imagine the worst, accept it, and try to improve upon it. Then you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
- Get the facts, analyze them, arrive at a decision, and act on the decision. You worry more when you don't know
- what is the problem? What is the cause? What are all possible solutions? What solution do you suggest?
- being busy leaves no time for worry
- don't be bothered by the little things
- cooperate with the inevitable. Bend like the wil
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Vaishali
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
"Remember : today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."

Just re-read this fantastic classic over the past few days, and thank goodness I did.
And thank you for your pioneering work, Mr. Carnegie <3

Other quotes :
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“Work creates mental relaxation.”

“It is difficult to worry if you’re doing something that requires planning and thinking.”

“I went from room to room in the house, compiling a lot of jobs to be done. Scores of items needed to be repaired… I am so busy now that I have n
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Steven Walle
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. I will give a full review at a later date.
Be Blessed.
Elizabeta
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! What are you really worrying about? Makes you think and I specially love the stories from real people.
Faye*
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This simply wasn't my cup of tea. After the first 2-3 more or less helpful tips, it feels like all we get is a many (many!) stories from individuals, who - through a sudden epiphany - learned how to overcome worry and were cured of various deceases (stomach ulcers were a big favourite) and suddenly led a happy, fulfilled life. At the end of the book, my main impression was not that of a guide through worrying times and of sound advice but of the author hammering home his message of "do not worry ...more
Amir Tesla
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
This "holy" book contains tremendously effective, practical and scientific-based solutions to overcome stress and a state of being worry for different scenarios that might happen for a person. A marvelous, must-read book for everyone.
This book is among the very most valuable gifts you could give to a friend or family member.
Nancy
Gawd I am fascinated by the self-help genre. And here we have a founding father. GAWD his stridency. It's like listening to the ads in the back of comic books: Don't let the bully kick sand on you! Get muscles! Stay busy! Boot straps boot straps boot straps!!!!!!

Yet I hear his sense: cut to the chase, stop spinning, look clearly, be unafraid.

I would finish this, except it's making me nauseated. Maybe it's the "busy busy busy" section -- with the stories of those who dispelled worry by filling up
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Brian Johnson
“No one living has enough emotion and vigor to fight the inevitable and, at the same time, enough left over to create a new life. Choose one or the other. You can either bend with the inevitable sleet storms of life—or you can resist them and break!”

“Obviously, circumstances alone do not make us happy or unhappy. It is the way we react to circumstances that determines our feelings. Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is within you. That is where the kingdom of hell is, too.”

“I spent twelve ye
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Amanda
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just what some people need to hear/read. I definitely love this book and will recommend it to others.
Usman Raza
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really helping book and teach me about stop thinking about those things that don't matter and help me to learn good things in life by having the little control on my thoughts and Carnegie is really good in helping people through his books.
Margo Kelly
FINALLY. I have finished this book. WHEW.

The version I read of this book was published in 1944. I don't know if newer versions have been modified at all, or not.

I would've given the book a five star rating if it hadn't been so completely TORTUROUS to get through the chauvinistic view points. Granted, most all of Carnegie's strategies for overcoming stress and worry were excellent and I plan to put many ideas to use, HOWEVER, the ideas presented in chapters like #25 titled: "How the Housewife Can
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Jen
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life-saving! Everyone is stressed, right? It’s the world we live in. We all have problems and worries. This book will help you learn to better cope with worry, anxiety, and stress, which are damaging to health and well-being. The author uses anecdotes to teach how to combat worry, which keeps it interesting and compelling. Although this book was written long ago, it is not outdated at all– the principles still hold true. And the history presented through anecdotes is interesting– we get to hear ...more
Rohit
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites. It is a remedy to me and I keep this book always with me. It also teaches you how to live a better life. I usually write the date of purchase and the shop name on the first page of every book. The date of purchase of this book reminds me of one of the toughest times of my life.

On 15th August 2001, I had a reaction of a medicine which contracted my blood vessels. This resulted in fluctuating BP, palpitation and many other troubles. It lasted for four years. It was a near dea
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awwsalah
well, most of us worry about anything, why this why that, its sometimes normal to worry about the future but worrying about incident that happened years ago, that's an issue.
phobia is creepy poison.
K.D. Absolutely
May 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jillian
Recommended to K.D. by: Dale Carnegie Course instructor
Shelves: self-development
I read this in the late eighties together with the other Dale Carnegie book – How to Win Friends and Influence People. Among the basic techniques to avoid worrying is what everyone knows already – live each day until bedtime. My other favorites are the problem analysis technique (define the problem, its causes, possible solutions and choosing the best solution) and the always dependable – pray. The latter can be used to fill out thoughts with peace, courage, health and hope. It is the best weapo ...more
Salam
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A self-help book
I feel interested while reading ,and it is a helpful book indeed. All you need is a strong will,determination ,and most of all to be patient
In a nutshell,this book reminds me of Bob Marley song :
Don't worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy
Jennifer
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.”
- Michel de Montaigne, French philosopher

You will find no new advice in this book. Dale Carnegie mentions this himself. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living is a collection of tips and tricks on how to reduce stress and the affects stress has on our body. Yet another great book by Dale Carnegie.
Baska
This was such a frustrating book to read.
1. Carnegie relies very heavily on anecdotal evidence. I usually like that in self-improvement books, provided that the author also includes scientific evidence to back it all up. Carnegie does not. Furthermore, a number of the examples he uses are unconvincing at best. I mean, being diagnosed with incurable illness/paralysis but being instantaneously healed through the power of Jesus and some cheerfulness? Sure, sure, I believe you.
2. This book did not a
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Lynn
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Worrywarts of the Earth
Recommended to Lynn by: Cousin
This book has its highs and lows, but overall, the highs wipe out the lows. As I read in the end, this book is due for high praise for its honesty and direct advice.

I have tried to read every chapter twice, but I only read the chapters I glanced through twice; I made sure, however, that every chapter, even the small ones sinked in.

I loved all the tips in the book, including the prayer tips. I thank Carnegie for sharing his genius with me.

I used to spend sleepless nights worrying about the future
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KeyÇîya Çalî
when I decided to read this book
I was very depressed
and even I couldn't read any more books
I don't know why?
I was good at outside but my inner life was damaged
but after reading this precious book everything changed
it was like a window that lets you see the other side of life (the positive side of it)
the true stories let us believe in our self
that we can do it too

megan
This book is my bible. I have the copy my grandfather started with and then passed down to my father.
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