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Top 30 Amazing Quotes From Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

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In his book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson provides many ways of making your life less stressful and more peaceful. I believe he mainly wrote this book to make us focus on the most important things in life: our happiness and inner peace.

In the book, Richard advises us to overcome negative thoughts, trust our intuition, love other people, and be of service to others. I love the book dearly, and I learned a lot from it.

I also gathered the following nuggets of wisdom from it.

  1. “Make peace with imperfection.”
  1. “Whenever we are attached to having something a certain way, better than it already is, we are almost by definition, engaged in a losing battle.”
  1. “A wonderful, heartfelt strategy for becoming more peaceful and loving is to practice allowing others the joy of being right – give them the glory. Stop correcting.”
  1. “Irrespective of what happened yesterday or last year, and what may or may not happen tomorrow, the present moment is where you are – always!”
  1. “When you are fearful or frantic, you literally immobilize yourself from your greatest potential, not to mention enjoyment.”
  1. “A powerful technique for becoming more peaceful is to be aware of how quickly your negative and insecure thinking can spiral out of control.”
  1. “When our attention is in the present moment, we push fear from our minds.”
  1. “Argue for your limitations, and they’re yours.”
  1. “When you take time, often, to reflect on the miracle of life – the miracle that you are even able to read this book – the gift of sight, of love, and all the rest, it can help remind you that many of the things that you think as “big stuff” are really just “small stuff” that you are turning into big stuff.”
  1. “Just for fun, agree with criticism directed toward you (Then watch it go away).”
  1. “Regardless of who you are or what you do, remember that nothing is more important than your own sense of happiness and inner peace and that of your loved ones.”
  1. “To a large degree, the measure of our peace of mind is determined by how much we are able to live in the present moment.”
  1. “The more patient you are, the more accepting you will be of what is, rather than insisting that life be exactly as you would like it to be.”
  1. “One of the most important questions you can ever ask yourself is “Do I want to be ‘right’ – or do I want to be happy.”
  1. “One of the nice things about surrendering to the fact that life isn’t fair is that it keeps us from feeling sorry for ourselves by encouraging us to do the very best we can with what we have.”
  1. “Spend a moment every day thinking of someone to thank.”
  1. “I can’t think of a single person whom I consider to be inwardly peaceful who doesn’t carve out at least a little quiet time, virtually every day.”
  1. “Luckily, there is a way to be happy. It involves changing the emphasis of our thinking from what we want to what we have.”
  1. “Humility and inner peace go hand in hand. The less compelled you are to try to prove yourself to others, the easier it is to feel peaceful inside.”
  1. “Search for the grain of truth in other opinions.”
  1. “When you look at life and its many challenges as a test, or series of tests, you begin to see each issue you face as an opportunity to grow, a chance to roll with the punches.”
  1. “Be grateful when you’re feeling good and graceful when you’re feeling bad.”
  1. “When you do too many things at once, it’s impossible to be present-moment oriented. Thus, you not only lose out on much of the potential enjoyment of what you are doing, but you also become far less focused and effective.”
  1. “Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.”
  1. “True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice patience, and to learn.”
  1. “Live this day as if it were your last. It might be!”
  1. “When we have preconceived ideas about the way life should be, they interfere with our opportunity to enjoy or learn from the present moment.”
  1. “Think of your problems as potential teachers.”
  1. “In the Buddhist tradition, difficulties are considered to be so important to a life of growth and peace that a Tibetan prayer actually asks for them. It says, “Grant that I may be given appropriate difficulties and sufferings on this journey so that my heart may be truly awakened and my practice of liberation and universal compassion may be truly fulfilled.”
  2. “Our disappointment comes about in essentially two ways. When we’re experiencing pleasure we want it to last forever. It never does. Or when we’re experiencing pain, we want it to go away now. It usually doesn’t. Unhappiness is the result of struggling against the natural flow of experience.”

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