Book Review: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

When it comes to learning, perhaps there’s nothing more classic than curling up with a good book and spending a few hours letting the words sink in. We at #LaurusPH want to make the most of the pandemic to catch up on our ever growing reading list. After all, what better time to grab a book (or open an e-book file) than when you’re compelled to stay home all day, right?

And of course, we’d love nothing more than to share what we’ve been up to, so we thought we’ll do regular book reviews. Once a month, we’ll choose one of our favorite reads and tell you what it’s about and why we think it’s worth your time. We’ll cover different topics, from mindset and psychology to leadership and relationship building – the point is to get different perspectives that will help your personal development journey. So, are you ready to start flipping pages?

In a Nutshell

The first book we’d like to introduce is pretty self-explanatory, and basically that’s the beauty of it. In simple words and in a straight-forward manner, Dr. Richard Carlson chronicles why we don’t need to sweat the small stuff – and why we may have been overblowing our problems out of proportion. Now, this is not to undermine the challenges you’re undergoing at the moment, especially when you’re dealing with the pandemic on top of everything else.

Rather, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff lets you realize that all those little nuisances may be taking over your daily life without you even realizing it. Think about it: what are the things that stress you out that, in hindsight, aren’t really that big of a deal? Nosy colleagues? Rude neighbors? Slow elevators? Messy kitchen – again?

We all have our fair share of things that irritate us and rub us off the wrong way, and that’s what makes this book relatable. It presents a series of scenarios that many people can easily connect with, and it does so without any jargons.

Gems in Doses

A very good feature of the book is that it’s written in short, bite-sized chapters, generally only a couple of pages each. This means you can easily finish a chapter before going to bed or while taking your coffee break. The chapters are also stand-alone – you don’t need to read the previous chapter in order to understand the gist of the next. But of course, it’s highly recommended if you take the time to read of all them.   

We suggest you stay and reflect on the passages that really resonate with you; highlight them if you want, because you’ll likely want to come back to them when something jars you out of your calm. And of course, something always does, doesn’t it? Here are a few passages that can definitely be thoughts to ponder:

  • Many people live as if life were a dress rehearsal for some later date.
  • An argument that happened while you were walking out the door on your way to work is no longer an actual argument; it’s a thought in your mind.
  • When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.
  • As long as you think more is better, you’ll never be satisfied.
  • A low mood is not the time to analyze your life.

Have you read the book? Or have you read another book that has helped you shift your perspective on certain things? Share with us in the comments. And remember, life doesn’t have to be a series of emergencies or an endless cycle of dramas, so don’t live it like one.

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