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Cynical Reader

Give me a happily-ever-after fairy-tale and I'll fight you every step of the way, but give me a tragic, grief-ridden story and I'll let it consume me.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life - Richard Carlson I'm a self-help junkie.

I've been searching for the perfect self-help book, which I know I'll never find. So I take pieces from each book and kind of put them together, in hopes that one day I'll have all the answers. Which again, will never happen.

This book in particular, is just like the rest. Which isn't a bad thing. It's actually quite helpful, just nothing new and profound. Are there things in here that I'd like to apply to my life? Absolutely! Are there things that made me roll my eyes? Yes. But overall I'd say there was plenty to take away. I'll list a few things for you so you can get the jest.

Things that were helpful:
- 10. Learn to Live in the Present Moment
- 13.Become More Patient
- 16. Ask Yourself the Question,"Will This Matter a Year from Now?"
- 17. Surrender to the Fact that Life Isn't Fair
- 22. Repeat to Yourself, "Life Isn't an Emergency"
- 26. Set Aside Quiet Time,Every Day
- 30. Choose Your Battles Wisely
- 47. Argue for Your Limitations,and They're Yours
- 53. See the Glass as Already Broken (and Everything Else Too)
- 54. Understand the Statement, "Wherever You Go, There You Are"
- 55. Breathe Before You Speak
- 58. Relax
- 62. Do One Thing at a Time
- 65. Be Flexible with Changes in Your Plans
- 66. Think of What You Have Instead of What You Want
- 71. Quiet the Mind
- 72. Take Up Yoga
- 76. Get Comfortable Not Knowing
- 79. Stop Blaming Others
- 80. Become an Early Riser
- 92. Give Up on the Idea that "More Is Better"
- 94. Keep Asking Yourself, "What's Really Important?"
- 95. Trust Your Intuitive Heart
- 96. Be Open to "What Is"
- 97. Mind Your Own Business
- 100. Live This Day as if It Were Your Last. It Might Be!

Then there were things I found less helpful and directed more to people with money. Like "Adopt a Child Through the Mail". While I think that's a great idea, It's not for people who have trouble making ends meet.