Being Marge: One Author - Two Great Books

Thursday, September 21, 2017

One Author - Two Great Books

On my recent trip to the library, I grabbed two books by Richard Carlson, Ph.D. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . Dr. Carlson has written over thirteen self-help books. You might find one or both of these books useful in your life right now.

Easier Than You Think

Easier Than You Think, by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

Dr. Carlson discusses thirty-nine ways you can make simple changes to positively affect your life in Easier Than You Think. Each of these topics might seem small, but if you even grab a few of them to implement in your life, you may feel a transformation from the inside out. What if you could learn to be at peace in this chaotic world? Instead of avoiding problems, you can develop the courage to live life with an open mind and heart, feeling calm and confident along the way.

One example of a small change recommended by the author is to be kinder to yourself by catching self-deprecating thoughts when they occur and replacing them with positive aspirations. Another way to be kinder to yourself is to reserve time each week to do something just for you. This practice will fuel your desire to want to give more to others.

Another example provided by Dr. Carlson is to set your expectations to zero. Don't abandon your goals, but do all you can to not be overly attached to specific outcomes. For example, if you want a new car, don't be so attached to a specific make, model, and color, that anything other than that specific car will be a disappointment. Free yourself of the details. Let go and let God, is another way of expressing this philosophy.

Dr. Carlson's spirituality comes through every page he writes. He is also a master at supporting his teaching with engrossing stories from his own life and from the lives of people he meets on his lecture tours. Easier Than You Think is worth reading for a spiritual boost.

What About the Big Stuff?

What About the Big Stuff? by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

In What About the Big Stuff?, Dr. Carlson takes on those big, life-changing events that can put us in a state of overwhelm and pain. What if you could build a reservoir of inner strength that you could tap into when your life became challenging? Examples of challenging events include retirement, aging, death, divorce, injury, and job layoffs. You'll find strategies for enhancing your ability to cope with such major life events in What About the Big Stuff?

In no way does Dr. Carlson set himself up as an expert on being able to take on the big stuff unscathed. He offers suggestions on how to find the strength to move forward as a fellow life traveler.
His assumption is that everyone has a capacity to expand their inner strength and to heal when it feels like their life is out of control. According to the author, one of the secrets to becoming more resilient is to learn to be happier and more content on a daily basis.

Whether you're going through a major life event now or you want to prepare yourself for what is down the road in your life, What About the Big Stuff? offers sage advice on how to improve your navigation through life's stressful events.