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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 by Richard Carlson PH.D., in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“In terms of personal happiness, you cannot be peaceful while at the same time blaming others. Surely there are times when other people and/or circumstances contribute to our problems, but it is we who must rise to the occasion and … Continue reading

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“The truth is, life is rarely exactly the way we want it to be, and other people often don’t act as we would like them to. Moment to moment, there are aspects of life that we like and others that … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, November 21st, 2016 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“Blaming others takes an enormous amount of mental energy. It’s a “drag-me-down” mindset that creates stress and disease. Blaming makes you feel powerless over your own life because your happiness is contingent on the actions and behavior of others, which … Continue reading

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, July 7th, 2016 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“How often do we try to do more than one thing at once? We have cordless phones that are supposed to make our lives easier, but in some respects, they make our lives more confusing. My wife and I were … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, June 13th, 2016 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“Criticism, like swearing, is actually nothing more than a bad habit. It’s something we get used to doing; we’re familiar with how it feels. It keeps us busy and gives us something to talk about. If, however, you take a … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“The people you meet are all here to teach you something. Perhaps the obnoxious driver or disrespectful teenager is here to teach you about patience, the punk rocker may be here to teach you to be less judgmental. Your job … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“Unhappiness doesn’t and can’t exist on its own. Unhappiness is the feeling that accompanies negative thinking about your life. In the absence of that thinking, the unhappiness, or stress, or jealousy, can’t exist. There is nothing to hold your negative … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, January 4th, 2016 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“One of the reasons so many of us remain hurried, frightened, and competitive, and continue to live life as if it were one giant emergency, is our fear that if we were to become more peaceful and loving, we would … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, November 27th, 2015 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“Zorba the Greek was said to have described himself as “the whole catastrophe.” The truth is, we’re all the whole catastrophe, only we wish that we weren’t. We deny the parts of ourselves that we deem unacceptable rather than accepting … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, November 6th, 2015 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“So many of us live our lives as if the secret purpose is to somehow get everything done. We stay up late, get up early, avoid having fun, and keep our loved ones waiting. Sadly, I’ve seen many people who … Continue reading

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PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“Sadly, many of us continually postpone our happiness – indefinitely. It’s not that we consciously set out to do so, but that we keep convincing ourselves, “Someday I’ll be happy.” We tell ourselves we’ll be happy when our bills are … Continue reading

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PONDER on THIS for Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“I’ve never met anyone (myself included) who hasn’t turned little things into great big emergencies. We take our own goals so seriously that we forget to have fun along the way, and we forget to cut ourselves some slack. We … Continue reading

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PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 by Richard Carlson, PH.D. in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“Nothing helps us build our perspective more than developing compassion for others. Compassion is a sympathetic feeling. It involves the willingness to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, to take the focus off yourself and to imagine what it’s like … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 by Richard Carlson PH.D., in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“Think of someone who truly irritates you, who makes you feel angry. Now, close your eyes and try to imagine this person as a tiny infant. See their tiny little features and their innocent little eyes. Know that babies can’t … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 24th, 2007 by Richard Carlson PH.D., in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“One of the most unavoidable life lessons is having to deal with the disapproval of others. Praise and blame are all the same is a fancy way of reminding yourself of the old cliché that you’ll never be able to … Continue reading

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