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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love: Simple Ways to Nurture, and Strengthen Your Relationships While Avoiding the Habits That Break Down Your Loving Connection (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Series) Paperback – October 18, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Series
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (October 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786884207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786884209
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

This little book packs a lot of love advice. "Whatever shape your relationship is in--from troubled to absolutely wonderful--it can be even better, with very little effort," promise husband and wife Richard and Kristine Carlson. (Richard Carlson's original Don't Sweat the Small Stuff has sold more than a million copies.) In 100 essays, you learn simple strategies that "lighten your spirits, open your heart, enhance your life, and broaden your perspective." A tall order for a tiny book! (Actually, the book is only tiny because the print is small enough to make boomers and older readers wonder if they need stronger reading glasses--who made that silly decision?)

Many of the two- to three-page essay topics are familiar tips you've probably encountered before--let go of past history, be best friends, stop keeping score, be kind, express your love, be a good listener, and remember that your partner can't read your mind, for example. But even though they aren't earth-shaking or revolutionary, having 100 of them in one book makes it easy to read chapters with your partner and share views, discussing ways to put each strategy into action. And certainly if you use even a quarter of these relationship reminders, you and your partner can't help but become closer. This is the first book Richard has written with his wife, Kristine. The essays grew out of what the Carlsons have learned about keeping a relationship vital and loving over 14 years of marriage. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Richard Carlson, Ph.D., was the author of the bestselling Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series. He passed away in 2006.

Kristine Carlson has a gift for creating lifelong relationships and is very dedicated to her family, friendships, and personal growth. She loves riding horses, running, and solitude. Richard and Kris were married for over 21 years. She lives in Northern California.

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Customer Reviews

I really am enjoying reading this book.
Brenda
The authors don't use psycho-babble, they approach the topic with a good sense of humor, and they share advice in a friendly and non-threatening way.
pm444
What my husband and I decided to do, was to read the book with a highlighter in hand.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Robert Middleton on December 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Richard and Kris Carlson have hit the vein of gold with this book. Each chapter is a polished gem of insight and truth. Pointing out the contrast between hurting behavior and loving behavior in such a way that you can't deny it, they give very practical, hands-on tips on how to be a better partner for life. My wife and I read a chapter aloud each day. We want it to stretch out as long as possible. It has already improved our relationship. If you have relationship troubles, order this book immediately!
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
By:Bree-Anna Mustad
When reading this book, "Don't sweat the small stuff in Love" by Richard Carlson and Kristine Carlson, I read a number of different stories which had really triggared a lot of emotions on the present relationship I was dealing with. I felt as though the book was dirrectly speaking to me, and I was just convincing myself it was just another one of those cheesy love advice books, when really it was two people who have been through the hardships in relationships and discided to right their experiences and thoughts down. When I started to read the first chapter, "Mostly, be pals," I put the book down for a couple moments, almost thinking in my head how it related to my situation, and then picked it up again going on to "Learning to laugh at yourself." The good thing about this book is it not only specified a certain relationship with the opposite sex, it took any kind of relationship you could have with anyone and showed you how to handle cercumstances with that person to make that relationship easier. One of the quotes I liked out of that chapter was, "It's quite remarkable to observe what happens to a potentially heated interaction when someone is able to keep their sense of humor. In most cases, the situation is diffused and simply melts away." And that is the kind of advice that helps you in any circumstance. One of the chapters I personally learned the most from was chapter 49, "Take responsibility for your own happiness." This was why I titled this book review "Everything I needed to hear but noone told me." This chapter helped me realize that you cannot base your own happiness on other people.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
If there was ever a book that could help change your relationship in a week, this is the book. By applying some of the very simple techniques, you will see amazing results. This book will not only help you in your marriage or dating relationship, it will also help you to become a better friend in general.

"Ideally, our relationship is one part of life that feels like a sanctuary - a partnership that is mutually nourishing and enriching both spiritually and emotionally." ~pg. 106

I noticed that when I changed, people around me started to change. It was as if this book contains those secrets we have all been looking for to improve all our relationships. There is a simple reason. This is written from the heart and deals with those real life issues we all care about. We all have that basic need to be unconditionally loved. Just to be loved and appreciated for who we are.

However, we have all developed habits that break down our connection with those important people in our lives. It is those little annoying habits that limit communication, take us down paths we don't want to follow that seem to cause the most problems. We repeat these habits over and over again, each time destroying a part of a relationship we care about.

At times we feel as if we are going to have to end a marriage or a friendship because the problems seem insurmountable. That is exactly the time we have to start to look at what "we" are doing to hurt or help our relationships. Those rare and beautiful friendships with people we really care about are so unique, I can't think of any reason not to put away our pride and start to mend the hurt we may have caused. Sometimes it means we have to say we are sorry or maybe we have to be willing to forgive the hurt others have caused us.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By pm444 on November 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I like the tone of the book almost as much as the content. The authors don't use psycho-babble, they approach the topic with a good sense of humor, and they share advice in a friendly and non-threatening way. The emphasis is on growth, not perfection. I immmediately found several areas where I had been getting caught up in self-defeating thoughts without realizing it. This is one book I will turn to first and often.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is extremely well written and offers invaluable insights on how to grow and evolve as a human being. The applications here are universal, so it would be a valuable asset for anyone who is interested in humbling themselves and looking within and seeing ways to avoid life's constant pitfalls and lead a happier life. Everything discussed in the book is sound in thinking and reasoning, however you might think that putting into practice his teachings are easier said than done. But they're worth giving it a try, since you run the risk of increasing your own level of happiness. This book is extremely easy to read and is broken down into many many tiny chapters (2-3 pages max.)and each chapter has as its title to the subject matter he offers a solution to. I highly recommend it.
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