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Book Title: You Can Be Happy No Matter What|
The author of the book: Richard Carlson
ISBN 13: 9780340728512
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Edition: Hodder & Stoughton
Date of issue: March 1st 1999
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This is another book I read earlier this year and didn't get around to reviewing. It is the kind of book that I generally wouldn't think to pick up and read and I feared it might be a little corny or simplistic or something. It was a quick read, though, and while I didn't agree with every word there was enough good that I got out of it that I was really glad I read it and may read it again sometime to refresh those ideas. I can no longer remember what I may have disagreed with, but I do know it helped me in a positive way while reading it and it really did make me feel happier and change my thinking about certain things. I'll quote part of a blog post I wrote after reading it that describes some of the ways it helped me.
I'm reading a book for book club called "You Can Be Happy No Matter What." One thing it talked about in there that finally clicked for me was the subject of living in the present. I guess I never totally understood what people meant by "being present," but I'm kind of getting it now. It doesn't mean forgetting the past or ignoring the future, but now I see it as just realizing that the only thing I can control right now is the present. I can't change the past. I can't do much about the future other than the effect from choices I make right now, in the present. I definitely have a tendency to overanalyze and overthink things, but I realized that often it doesn't do me any good at all, and can paralyze me from doing anything. Dwelling on past mistakes, bad habits, guilt, and so on does so much harm. I'm not talking about serious things, just the guilt of not being a better mom, not doing everything I should be, those kind of things. I can't change anything I have done or failed to do in the past, so my new motto is "What is the best thing I can do right now?" Somehow that simple question has helped me so much. With painting Josh's room, for example, I refused to let myself think about the past, all the times that painting projects have gotten stalled and taken me forever to finish, or to think too much about the future, as in "this is going to be hard, I'll have to do all that prep work and clean up and I'll get tired and sore" or things like that. I just took it one step at a time. Right now I'm going to find the paint and my supplies in the garage. Right now I'm going to wash the walls. Right now I'm going to do the taping. And so on.
This also helped me with Gabe's track meet. I was just going to drop him off and pick him up when it was done, but when we got there he was uneasy about everything. It wasn't a normal track meet. There were a lot more people than usual. He wasn't sure how to sign up for his race. Even though we had driven about a half hour to get there, he wanted to just go home since this wasn't a required meet. My first reaction might have just been to take him home and not bother with it. My question, "What's the best thing I can do right now?" helped me decide to talk to his coaches about what he needed to do and decide to stay with him for the meet. His race wasn't for over an hour, but I sat in the bleachers and watched that mass of humanity out there stretching, warming up with funny exercises, running, jumping, flying through the air using pole vaults, and I thought about all the energy and motivation of those kids and how great that they all chose to be there doing something so healthy and positive. I enjoyed the cool breeze and spring weather. Instead of thinking about what else I could be doing or feeling restless, I knew that this was the best thing I could be doing. I was "being present" and just enjoying the moment in a relaxed way. Everything turned out fine and Gabe did well in his event, the 1500 meter race. I know my reactions were a lot different than they would have been if I hadn't been focused on just making that space in time the best that it could be.
So there you go. Any book that has a positive effect on me like that is definitely a good thing!
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Read information about the authorRichard Carlson, Ph.D, was born and raised in the Bay Area. He grew up in Piedmont and received his bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University and his doctorate in psychology from Sierra University before opening a private psychotherapy practice.
During his life, he was considered one of the foremost experts in happiness and stress reduction in the United States and around the world and was a frequent featured guest on such shows as Oprah, The Today Show, The View, NNC, CNN, Fox, PBS, and more than 200 other shows. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff continued to be a publishing phenomenon with more than 20 titles in the brand franchise, two of which were co-authored and authored with his beloved wife, Kris.
The words "don't sweat the small stuff" have become a part of American culture thanks to Richard Carlson's book, which became a runaway bestseller and made publishing history as the #1 best-selling book in the United States for two consecutive years. The book spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller list and is still considered one of the fastest selling books of all time and has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.
In December 2006, Carlson died of a pulmonary embolism during a flight from San Francisco to New York, while on a promotion tour for his book Don’t Get Scrooged: How to Thrive in a World Full of Obnoxious, Incompetent, Arrogant and Downright Mean-Spirited People.
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