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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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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 19th, 2010 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“One of the mistakes many of us make is that we feel sorry for ourselves, or for others, thinking that life should be fair, or that someday it will be. It’s not and it won’t. When we make this mistake … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“While many of us frequently do nice things for others, we are almost certain to mention our acts of kindness to someone else, secretly seeking their approval. When we share our own niceness or generosity with someone else, it makes … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 by Richard Carlson, PH.D. in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“Spend a moment every day thinking of someone to thank. This simple strategy, which may take only a few seconds to complete, has long been one of the most important habits I have ever engaged in. I try to remember … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 by Richard Carlson, PH.D. in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“What you want to start doing is noticing your stress early, before it gets out of hand. When you feel your mind moving too quickly, it’s time to back off and regain your bearings. When your schedule is getting out … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 by Richard Carlson, PH.D., in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“The truth is, if you have destructive mental habits — if you get annoyed and bothered easily, if you feel angry and frustrated a great deal of the time, or if you’re constantly wishing things were different, these identical tendencies … 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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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, June 21st, 2007 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 take … Continue reading

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PONDER on THIS for Friday, May 4th, 2007 by Richard Carlson, PH.D., in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“It’s useful to think of relaxation as a quality of heart that you can access on a regular basis rather than something reserved for some later time. You can relax now. It’s helpful to remember that relaxed people can still … Continue reading

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