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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

Author: Richard Carlson
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : G.K. Hall, 1998.
Series: G.K. Hall large print core series.
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Shares practical wisdom on deepening the enjoyment of everyday life.
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Carlson
ISBN: 0783801416 9780783801414
OCLC Number: 38527874
Description: 240 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Contents: Don't sweat the small stuff --
Make peace with imperfection --
Let go of the idea that gentle, relaxed people can't be superachievers --
Be aware of the snowball effect of your thinking --
Develop your compassion --
Remind yourself that when you die, your "in-basket" won't be empty --
Don't interrupt others or finish their sentences --
Do something nice for someone else and don't tell anyone about it --
Let others have the glory --
Learn to live in the present moment --
Imagine that everyone is enlightened except you --
Let others be "right" most of the time --
Become more patient --
Create "patience practice periods" --
Be the first one to act loving or reach out --
Ask yourself the question, "Will this matter a year from now?" --
Surrender to the fact that life isn't fair --
Allow yourself to be bored --
Lower your tolerance to stress --
Once a week, write a heartfelt letter --
Imagine yourself at your own funeral. Repeat to yourself, "Life isn't an emergency" --
Experiment with your back burner --
Spend a moment every day thinking of someone to thank --
Smile at strangers, look into their eyes, and say hello --
Set aside quiet time, every day --
Imagine the people in your life as tiny infants and as one-hundred-year-old adults --
Seek first to understand --
Become a better listener --
Choose your battles wisely --
Become aware of your moods and don't allow yourself to be fooled by the low ones --
Life is a test. It is only a test --
Praise and blame are all the same --
Practice random acts of kindness --
Look beyond behavior --
See the innocence --
Choose being kind over being right --
Tell three people (today) how much you love them --
Practice humility --
When in doubt about whose turn it is to take out the trash, go ahead and take it out --
Avoid weatherproofing --
Spend a moment, every day, thinking of someone to love --
Become an anthropologist. Understand separate realities --
Develop your own helping rituals --
Every day, tell at least one person something you like, admire, or appreciate about them --
Argue for your limitations and they're yours --
Remember that everything has God's fingerprints on it --
Resist the urge to criticize --
Write down your five most stubborn positions and see if you can soften them --
Just for fun, agree with criticism directed toward you (then watch it go away) --
Search for the grain of truth in other opinions --
See the glass as already broken (and everything else too) --
Understand the statement, "Wherever you go, there you are" --
Breathe before you speak --
Be grateful when you're feeling good and graceful when you're feeling bad --
Become a less aggressive driver --
Relax --
Adopt a child through the mail --
Turn your melodrama into a mellow-drama. Read articles and books with entirely different points of view from your own and try to learn something --
Do one thing at a time --
Count to ten --
Practice being in the "eye of the storm" --
Be flexible with changes in your plans --
Think of what you have instead of what you want --
Practice ignoring your negative thoughts --
Be willing to learn from friends and family --
Be happy where you are --
Remember that you become what you practice most --
Quiet the mind --
Take up yoga --
Make service an integral part of your life --
Do a favor and don't ask for, or expect, one in return --
Think of your problems as potential teachers --
Get comfortable not knowing --
Acknowledge the totality of your being --
Cut yourself some slack --
Stop blaming others --
Become an early riser --
When trying to be helpful, focus on little things --
Remember, one hundred years from now, all new people --
Lighten up --
Nurture a plant. Transform your relationship to your problems --
The next time you find yourself in an argument, rather than defend your position, see if you can see the other point of view first --
Redefine a "meaningful accomplishment" --
Listen to your feelings (They are trying to tell you something) --
If someone throws you the ball, you don't have to catch it --
One more passing show --
Fill your life with love --
Realize the power of your own thoughts --
Give up on the idea that "more is better" --
Keep asking yourself, "What's really important?" --
Trust your intuitive heart --
Be open to "what is" --
Mind your own business --
Look for the extraordinary in the ordinary --
Schedule time for your inner work --
Live this day as if it were your last. It might be!
Series Title: G.K. Hall large print core series.
Responsibility: Richard Carlson.

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