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You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles for Keeping Life in Perspective Paperback – November 13, 2006
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-- Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD, author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear
"A needed counterbalance to the therapy junkie's tendency to wallow in `processing' while life's beauty passes them by."
-- Yoga Journal
"You will find Dr. Carlson's new approach very helpful -- solid, sensible, and filled with loving guidance."
-- Dr. Wayne Dyer, author of Your Erroneous Zones
"You Can Be Happy No Matter What will appeal to those caught in the tangles of outmoded thinking. It speaks simply to us in a way that's most fitting when we want to move out of dysfunctions into robust, effective living."
-- Marsha Sinetar, author of Developing a 21st-Century Mind
"A profoundly simple, hopeful, and human book about what's available to us all -- happiness."
-- Joseph Bailey, author of The Serenity Principle
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I'm on a constant quest to reduce worry/stress and live my best life and in that spirit I've read/listened to pretty much every book on the topic of happiness/self improvement over the years - you name it, I've read it. I can say without a doubt this is the best, most impactful and life changing of them all. In fact, I listen to this for 30 minutes every day to reinforce it and plan on doing so indefinitely. Do yourself a favor and read/listen to this!
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Put it another way, the life will give you the bad, the good and the ugly and there is not much you can do about it if you are dealing with people (that experience similar experiences) however you can control how you react and feel about it. That is in your control.
I also recommend other stoic books for anyone who is interested in controlling their behavior towards what life throws at them.
and then chapters on applying these principles into your everyday life and how they can work for everyone. Most of this is common sense, but nevertheless a real eye-opener in how, why, and what you can do to get a grip on these principles during depressed, stressed, and 'low cycle' times that we all go through in life. Most people know what the 5 principles above are to a lesser degree, but what you didn't know Dr. Carlson fills in the blanks of how & why they affect your overall mental health and what you can do about it, to thus (hence the title) get a better heads up with what you can do to clear the fog during moody or distressful times, or are having a bad day in general. I highly recommend the book..i.e.
1) You Can Be Happy No Matter What by Richard Carlson <and>
2) Shortcut Through Therapy by Richard Carlson
If you haven't read them yet, do yourself a favor and do it at your earliest convenience before another book on fiction, self-improvement/self-help, because after you read these and start acknowledging and applying these easy to use principles your life will have a drastic change in bettering yourself. Applying the principles has nothing to do with complicated graphs or charts, and just by reading each principle and corresponding application of the principle, you will absolutely have a crystal clear way of understanding how your moods & feelings work for and against you, and NOT becoming overburdened by some of life's many pitfalls. I wouldn't be givning this book enough justice if I didn't say that the 2 books mentioned above(especially the one in this review)have become literally "Life-Shaping" in their own and have really expanded my thought processes to put those negative moods/feelings in 'Check' so they don't bother me as much as they used to. I firmly believe that anyone who puts some time aside and dedicates themselves to reading and remembering the things said in these golden little tomes will eventually be succeed in many different aspects in their own lives. I can't stress getting these two books enough. If 2 books were worth their weight in gold, these would be them. Gain control and harness your thoughts, moods, and feelings, and accept that the (So-called down days (low-cycle days) are only obstacles that push you back from achieving your maximum potential in crucial area's of your life. 5 Stars all the way baby!!
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The way the author writes and expresses his ideas is clear, concise and concrete.
Rather than explaining the psychological factors behind our thinking, he talks about the matters that readers care most about. At several points while reading this book I wondered how different would the world be if we had been brought up with these ideas. My view of happiness changed completely and I place it as the starting point, not the goal. I feel lucky to have had such a transformational experience from reading a book.
I'VE ONLY HAD IT A COUPLE OF DAYS, BUT WHAT HE SAYS MAKES SUCH SENSE. I'VE HAD PROBLEMS WITH STRESS AND DEPRESSION FOR YEARS AND I REALY FEEL LIKE THIS COULD HELP ME SEE THINGS FROM A FAR MORE BENEFICIAL PERSPECTIVE. I'VE PUT ONE OF HIS SUGGESTIONS INTO MY DAILY REMINDERS ON MY PHONE, IT'S MAKING A DIFFERENCE ALREADY. A MUST HAVE..
I HAVE SEVERAL SELF HELP BOOKS. THE OTHERS ARE GOOD, BUT THIS BOOK ALONG WITH A COUPLE BY MARTIN DAVIES WILL CREATE RESULTS FAR QUICKER FOR LONG TERM BENEFIT..
I'd have to say that I will have to revisit the text again, to ensure that I don't lose sight of the insight I have started to gain about why I am who I am.