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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It’s All Small Stuff

Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life

By Richard Carlson
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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (1997) is all about finding happiness and peace of mind. It teaches you how to turn your problems into opportunities, stay calm in stressful situations and fully live in the moment so you can appreciate what you have and get the most out of life.

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If you want to reach your goals, stay relaxed and be true to yourself.

What attitude do you need if you want to get the most out of life?

Most people think we have to give up relaxation and happiness if we really want to achieve our goals. We need to concentrate, have a competitive attitude and live a disciplined life of hard work.

Is this correct? Actually, no. Constantly working yourself into a stressed-out state will only leave you fatigued and unhappy. You won’t get any closer to your goals – you’ll just run yourself into the ground.

If you want to truly realize your dreams, it’s much better to have a relaxed and contemplative approach to life. When you do, it’s actually much easier to get things done. But how do you start?

Start by relaxing whenever you can. You might think you should only relax on holidays or the weekend, but that’s not true. You should always be able to take a break after you’ve been working too hard.

Another way you can enjoy a relaxing, contemplative outlook is to act bored. Seriously! Try and make yourself bored on purpose. It might be frustrating in the beginning but you’ll eventually come to enjoy the freedom and peace it brings.

If you want to lead a more relaxed life, you have to stop living for other people and follow your own will. We often work ourselves into unhappiness because we’re trying to please others. Stop doing what you think other people want from you – it’ll only stress you out.

It’s impossible to please everyone all the time. It’s much healthier to be true to yourself and your own goals.

So take a step back. Remind yourself that your life isn’t an emergency.

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