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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1st edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786883367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786883363
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me first express that I typically have great condescension for most "self-help"-type books. Most of them seem very intent on getting one to do yoga or meditation or breathing exercises....activities I'm just not naturally inclined to do. This book, in contrast, suggests improved perspectives and outlooks. So, it is "intellectual" in that way, rather than the typical "touchy-feely." It provides gentle, insightful wisdom into modifying the only things you can control: your own outlook, your own behavior. Quite frankly, I'm very impressed by this Richard Carlson. This book was exactly what I needed to help me through a very negative phase of my career as a government lawyer, with bizarre stressors coming from every direction, including judges, opposing attorneys, and peers. I can't say this book made me glad that I became a lawyer, but it helped quell the storm. This book is written so that virtually anyone can understand it, and yet it contains brilliant insights and what I would have to almost call "ultimate truths." Some of them are so obvious that it's disconcerting I couldn't identify them by myself; others are more transcendental, and Carlson very sagely unveils the phenomenon and associated principles.
I think anyone in a stressful work environment would benefit from reading this book. I read it very closely and highlighted about half the book. I know it will take some time for me to assimilate all of the suggestions, but this book planted the seeds and should surely help me cope better in the future with work-related difficulties.
You should be forewarned: you'll probably realize a lot of your stress is self-induced.
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I loved the format of this book, short, to the point chapters. I was able to summarize each chapter in one or two sentences at the top of the page and now I can refer back quickly to reinforce and destress easily. I admit to being a control person, a perfectionist, someone who cannot say no, with a difficult boss, in a customer service job this book solved lots of my problems !! I highly recommend it.
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I think too many people in the psychology profession are snobby when it comes to analyzing social science works adored by the general public. If the books or writers become too successful then they are dismissed as being "pop." This certainly has been the case with my peers in regards to the Dr. Richard Carlson "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" series. They could not be more wrong, however. This particular offering is a monograph of considerable value. Other than this primer, I had only read the original, "...and it's all small stuff", edition. I found that, while the majority of his observations might not strike one as pure genius, they are steeped in common sense and are quite insightful.

The theme here is "you be the adult." Even if your co-workers are acting like a bunch of ignorant sixth graders, you must rise above it. You're better than that. You'll forgive, work, and move on. Office politics is a fleeting and shallow endeavor. Keep your eyes on what you want in life. Many of those around you will be forgotten in a few years time and there's no reason to obsess over their opinions. They don't matter and, while you should be as kind and friendly as is possible, your long-term goals and aspirations are what counts. With annoying and dominant co-workers, when you lose your temper you tranfer power to them and give them the satisfaction that they have been looking for. Being above the frey is the last thing they want, but that's exactly where you should be.

One of my favorite things that Dr. Carlson argues is that being relaxed and comfortable is essential to job performance and productivity. Further, there is nothing lazy or shameful about being in a good mood while on the clock.
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Make room on your desk at home and in the office for this little gem. It is crammed with words of wisdom, quick snip-its of advice, inside peeks in human nature, personal mantras to recite to yourself when the going gets rough. You won't want to read this one just once; rather, keep referring to it whenever the right circumstance presents itself. And don't loan it to a colleague, for you might never get it back. Buy them a copy of their own!
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Dr. Carlson's book provides some keen insights on how to reduce stress when employeed by a large corporation, or for those shackled to a cubicle for eight hours at a go. While helpful overall, the book is less beneficial to those employeed in the retail sector or other public service areas, where dealing with cranky customers and unmotivated staff seems to be the prevailing problems.
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More common sense essays recycled from the author's other books, as if only to fill the pages and add to the franchise. The book offers nothing original. The chapters are too short and the print is big. Save your money!
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I've enjoyed the other Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Books and thought this book would be helpful in helping me to reduce some of my stress at work. I find that almost all of the suggestions assume an office type of atmosphere and aren't really well suited to my work enviroment - a high paced retail enviroment. Making use of break times is nice if you get breaks, i.e. I just found the book sort of narrowly targeted to a certain type of worker.
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