Dr. Carlson reveals ways to make your actions more peaceful and caring, with the added benefit of making your life more calm and stress-free.
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff -- and it's all small stuff
is a book that shows you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you
crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm
down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life. You can learn to put
things in perspective by making the small daily changes he suggests, including advice such
as "Think of your problems as potential teachers;" Remember that when you die,
your "in box won't be empty"; and "Do one thing at a time." You
should also try to live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, and
lower your tolerance to stress. You can write down your most stubborn positions and see if
you can soften them, learn to trust your intuitions, and live each day as if it might be
your last. With gentle, supportive suggestions, Dr. Carlson reveals ways to make your
actions more peaceful and caring, with the added benefit of making your life more calm and
1. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
0ften we allow ourselves to get all worked up about things that, upon
closer examination, aren't really that big a deal.
We focus on little problems and concerns and blow them way out of proportion. A stranger, for example, might cut in front of us in traffic. Rather than let it go, and go on with our day, we convince ourselves that we are justified in our anger. We play out an imaginary confrontation in our mind. Many of us might even tell someone else about the incident later on rather than simply let it go.
Why not instead simply allow the driver to have his accident somewhere else? Try to have compassion for the person and remember how painful it is to be in such an enormous hurry.
This way, we can maintain our own sense of well-being and avoid taking other people's problems personally.
There are many similar, 'small stuff' examples...
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