“If we would just slow down, happiness would catch up to us.”
― Richard Carlson
Our Happiness has a million of obstacles. We get irritated, upset, tense, and anxious, worrisome for various reasons during the day. It could be small or big, but our concerns are endless and we are tangled in one of the other concerns ignoring the chance to become happy. We are looking for a perfect day to feel happy and we are waiting for that day.
The fact is, most of our worries, anxiousness; concerns are imaginary and avoidable. Yes. The author Richard Carlson in his legendary book Don’t sweat the small stuff guide us on the journey. Following the wisdom from the book will make us instantly happy, there is no doubt about it.
Richard Carlson, Ph.D. was considered to be one of the foremost experts on happiness and stress reduction in the United States and around the world. As the author of thirty popular books, including the runaway bestseller, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all Small Stuff, he showed millions of people how not to let the small things in life get the best of them.
To the perfectionist among us, his advice was: (from the book)
The solution here is to catch yourself when you fall into your habit of insisting that things should be other than they are. Gently remind yourself that life is okay the way it is, right now. In the absence of your judgment, everything would be fine.
This beautiful small book is divided into 100 small topics which concern us regularly. To help us become a better person, the book says;
While it can be little scary or painful, it is a good idea to consider your own death and in the process your life. Doing so will remind you of the kind person you want to be and the priorities that are most important to you.
For those who are always in a hurry, there is a chapter titled: Life isn’t an emergency.
We are very judgmental and like to criticise others instantly. The author says:
When we judge or criticise another person, it says nothing about that person, it merely says something about our own need to be critical.
To all unhappy souls around us who are after something or other throughout the life, before feeling happy:
Make a note to yourself to start thinking more about what you have than what you want. If you do, your life will start appearing much better than before. ……. You can spend your lifetime wanting more, always chasing happiness or you can simply decide to consciously want less. The latter strategy is infinitely easier and more fulfilling.
These 100 gems presented in this book will make the readers ready to deal with many such situations in life which will make them find happiness in any situation.
The author writes in the Introduction chapter;
When you don’t sweat the small stuff you life won’t be perfect, but you will learn to accept what life has to offer with far less resistance. … When you learn to let go of problems instead of resisting with all your might, your life will begin to flow.
‘Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff, the book will arm you to regain your happiness and ignore the small stuff affecting your happiness. At the end of the day, it’s all small stuff.
“Meanwhile, life keeps moving forward. The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when?”
While en route to publicize his latest book, the author Richard Carlson passed away from a pulmonary embolism on the descent of the flight on December 13, 2006. He was 45 years of age.
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