The Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Workbook: Exercises, Questions, and Self-Tests to Help You Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life
For the millions who have read Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, this inspiring new workbook has been designed to help put the book’s principles into practice. Includes exercises, questions, and self-tests designed to help readers put things into perspective and keep the little things from taking over their lives.Sure, Richard Carlson’s bestselling Don’t Sweat the
For the millions who have read Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, this inspiring new workbook has been designed to help put the book’s principles into practice. Includes exercises, questions, and self-tests designed to help readers put things into perspective and keep the little things from taking over their lives.Sure, Richard Carlson’s bestselling Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… contains plenty of sensible advice, but it’s not always easy to follow. Enter this intriguing workbook with its universal appeal: it’s aimed at anyone interested in reducing stress and improving their relationships. Designed to help you put the many peace-promoting, “just let it go” principles of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff into active practice, it’s bursting with fun quizzes, checklists, self-tests, questions, and activities. If this doesn’t instruct and inspire you to make concrete personality and life improvements, there’s nothing much that will!
In one exercise, “Lower Your Tolerance to Stress,” Carlson suggests that we’d be better off if we didn’t brag about how much stress we can handle. People who do brag about their stress tolerance, he says, are usually stressed out all the time. To help you reduce your tolerance, he lists 20 signs of stress (among them: allergies, anxiety, depression, frequent headaches, and restlessness) and asks you to put a check mark next to the ones you’ve experienced. The next time you feel any of these symptoms, he says, you should analyze and write down how you might change your behavior in order to alleviate or prevent these problems in the future. In another exercise, “Create ‘Patience Practice Periods,'” he first asks you to analyze your level of patience (Do you drive above the speed limit? Grow furious when stuck in voice mail mazes? Feel like everyone else at the mall walks too slowly and gets in your way?). He then gives a series of hypothetical patience-killing situations–a long line at the grocery store, or slow, tricky traffic–and leaves space for you to write about how these situations would make you react.
Some exercises are true/false, some are of the never/sometimes/often/always variety, while others require thoughtful written responses. A few are by nature harder to handle than others (“Imagine Yourself at Your Own Funeral”), so the workbook therefore shouldn’t be devoured in one sitting, but dipped into a bit at a time. This is a fine way to nurture the much-underrated concepts of empathy, forgiveness, tolerance, and kindness.