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Chapter titles from Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff—And It’s All Small Stuff by Dr. Richard Carlson

Chapter 1: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Chapter 2: Make Peace with Imperfection

Chapter 3: Let Go of the Idea that Gentle, Relaxed People Can’t Be


Chapter 4: Be Aware of the Snowball Effect of Your Thinking

Chapter 5: Develop Your Compassion

Chapter 6: Remind Yourself that When You Die, Your “In Basket” Won’t Be


Chapter 7: Don’t Interrupt Others or Finish Their Sentences

Chapter 8: Do Something Nice for Someone Else —- and Don’t Tell Anyone

About It

Chapter 9: Let Others Have the Glory

Chapter 10: Learn to Live in the Present Moment

Chapter 11: Imagine that Everyone Is Enlightened Except You

Chapter 12: Let Others Be “Right” Most of the Time

Chapter 13: Become More Patient

Chapter 14: Create “Patience Practice Periods”

Chapter 15: Be the First One to Act Loving or Reach Out

Chapter 16: Ask Yourself the Question, “Will This Matter a Year from


Chapter 17: Surrender to the Fact that Life Isn’t Fair

Chapter 18: Allow Yourself to Be Bored

Chapter 19: Lower Your Tolerance to Stress

Chapter 20: Once a Week, Write a Heartfelt Letter

Chapter 21: Imagine Yourself at Your Own Funeral

Chapter 22: Repeat to Yourself, “Life Isn’t an Emergency”

Chapter 23: Experiment with Your Back Burner

Chapter 24: Spend a Moment Every Day Thinking of Someone to Thank

Chapter 25: Smile at Strangers, Look into Their Eyes, and Say Hello

Chapter 26: Set Aside Quiet Time, Every Day

Chapter 27: Imagine the People in Your Life as Tiny Infants and as One-

Hundred-Year-Old Adults

Chapter 28: Seek First to Understand

Chapter 29: Become a Better Listener

Chapter 30: Choose Your Battles Wisely

Chapter 31: Become Aware of Your Moods and Don’t Allow Yourself to Be

Fooled by the Low One

Chapter 32: Life Is a Test. It Is Only a Test

Chapter 33: Praise and Blame Are All the Same

Chapter 34: Practice Random Acts of Kindness

Enjoy the good feeling that doing an act of kindness brings.

Chapter 35: Look Beyond Behavior

Chapter 36: See the Innocence

Chapter 37: Choose Being Kind over Being Right

Chapter 38: Tell Three People (Today) How Much You Love Them

Chapter 39: Practice Humility

Chapter 40: When in Doubt about Whose Turn It Is to Take Out the Trash,

Go Ahead and Take It Out

Chapter 41: Avoid Weatherproofing

Chapter 42: Spend a Moment, Every Day, Thinking of Someone to Love

Chapter 43: Become an Anthropologist

Chapter 44: Understand Separate Realities

Chapter 45: Develop Your Own Helping Rituals

Chapter 46: Every Day, Tell at Least One Person Something You Like,

Admire, or Appreciate about Them

Chapter 47: Argue for Your Limitations, and They’re Yours

Chapter 48: Remember that Everything Has God’s Fingerprints on It

Chapter 49: Resist the Urge to Criticize

Chapter 50: Write Down Your Five Most Stubborn Positions and See if You

Can Soften Them

Chapter 51: Just for Fun, Agree with Criticism Directed Toward You (Then

Watch It Go Away)

Chapter 52: Search for the Grain of Truth in Other Opinions

Chapter 53: See the Glass as Already Broken (and Everything Else Too)

Chapter 54: Understand the Statement, “Wherever You Go, There You Are”

Chapter 55: Breathe Before You Speak

Chapter 56: Be Grateful when You’re Feeling Good, and Graceful when

You’re Feeling Bad

Chapter 57: Become a Less Aggressive Driver

Chapter 58: Relax

Chapter 59: Adopt a Child Through the Mail

Chapter 60: Turn Your Melodrama into a Mellow-Drama

Chapter 61: Read Articles and Books with Entirely Different Points of View

from Your Own and Try to Learn Something

Chapter 62: Do One Thing at a Time

Chapter 63: Count to Ten

Chapter 64: Practice Being in the “Eye of the Storm”

Chapter 65: Be Flexible with Changes in Your Plans

Chapter 66: Think of What You Have Instead of What You Want

Chapter 67: Practice Ignoring Your Negative Thoughts

Chapter 68: Be Willing to Learn from Friends and Family

Chapter 69: Be Happy Where You Are

Chapter 70: Remember that You Become What You Practice Most

Chapter 71: Quiet the Mind

Chapter 72: Take Up Yoga  

Chapter 73: Make Service an Integral Part of Your Life

Chapter 74: Do a Favor and Don’t Ask For, or Expect, One in Return

Chapter 75: Think of Your Problems as Potential Teachers

Chapter 76: Get Comfortable Not Knowing

Chapter 77: Acknowledge the Totality of Your Being

Chapter 78: Cut Yourself Some Slack

Chapter 79: Stop Blaming Others

Chapter 80: Become an Early Riser

Chapter 81: When Trying to Be Helpful, Focus on Little Things

Chapter 82: Remember, One Hundred Years from Now, All New People

Chapter 83: Lighten Up

Chapter 84: Nurture a Plant

Chapter 85: Transform Your Relationship to Your Problems

Chapter 86: The Next Time You Find Yourself in an Argument, Rather than

Chapter 87: Redefine a “Meaningful Accomplishment”

Chapter 88: Listen to Your Feelings (They Are Trying to Tell You


Chapter 89: If Someone Throws You the Ball, You Don’t Have to Catch It

Chapter 90: One More Passing Show

Chapter 91: Fill Your Life with Love

Chapter 92: Realize the Power of Your Own Thoughts

Chapter 93: Give Up on the Idea that “More Is Better”

Chapter 94: Keep Asking Yourself, “What’s Really Important?”

Chapter 95: Trust Your Intuitive Heart

Chapter 96: Be Open to “What Is”

Chapter 97: Mind Your Own Business

Chapter 98: Look for the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Chapter 99: Schedule Time for Your Inner Work

Chapter 100: Live This Day as if It Were Your Last. It Might Be!

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