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Easier Than You Think ...because life doesn't have to be so hard: The Small Changes That Add Up to a World of Difference Hardcover – April 26, 2005
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Carlson, author of the bestselling Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, goes beyond the effort to minimize stress with 39 techniques for making positive changes in all aspects of life. Rather than embarking on lengthy or costly self-improvement projects, he suggests trying out smaller, simpler adjustments that he believes can make a real difference in everything from one's communication skills to peace of mind. Delivered in his trademark upbeat style, Carlson's advice is rooted in showing kindness and compassion to oneself as well as to others. He notes, for example, that a natural inclination to help can lead to taking on too many responsibilities. Learning to say no allows you to pursue a calmer and more meaningful existence. Although the author acknowledges that most people are beset by self-pity, he says that choosing to adopt a cheerful attitude each day will actually make you happier. Learning not to blame others for your troubles will provide a greater sense of control over decision making and enhance self-confidence. While many of the author's ideas are common self-help tropes (much of the book reads like an updated version of glass half-full/half-empty) that are not as easy to accomplish as they sound, Carlson has the knack of making them sound as if they are. Agent, Linda Chester. 15-city author tour.(May)
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“This book can be read quickly but also consulted again and again... everyone should come away with some new perspectives. (Library Journal)
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The book is short, and as it suggests, it gives several ideas for simple things one can do that may have pay off in out of proportional ways. Some you have heard forever, and some are new, or at least stated in a new enough way to seem fresh. An example that sparked me was the advice to observe your thoughts as you would a movie- in a detached way that causes one to desensitize to the negative ones and see them lose power. Very little background is given (or probably required) as to cognitive reasons for how or why this works.
Much of the advice seems to come under the Zen notion that "desire is suffering", and some is a restatement of kharma or the golden rule, but regardless of their source, they have been hammered by the author into practical chicken soup advice.
Is is worth the read? Is it worth 15 dollars? If it helps you, and it may, to make a much needed attitude shift or deal with a blind spot in your life, then clearly the answer is yes. I would say for me personally it was worth the read based on one or two chapters, but I'm sure the rest of the book didn't hurt me any.