Richard Carlson, whose PhD is in psychology, is considered one of the foremost experts in happiness and stress-reduction around the world. He is the author of fifteen popular books including the runaway bestseller, DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF...AND IT'S ALL SMALL STUFF, which was named America's #1 bestselling book for two consecutive years, a feat never before achieved in publishing. The DON'T SWEAT books appear in more than 100 countries, with 40 million readers worldwide. In 1997, Richard was chosen by People magazine as one of the most intriguing people to watch in the world. He is married to Kristine carlson and they have two children.
Carlson offers insight into how to maintain a healthy psychological state, defining this "natural state" as happiness, contentment, and gratitude, where one can come from a place of wisdom when facing life's challenges. The author describes five aspects that affect psychological health: thinking, moods, feelings, separate realities, and living in the present. He clearly explains how he believes these aspects foster or adversely affect one's happiness. His practical suggestions include recognizing that thoughts are not reality, refusing to act while in a low mood, and using feelings to monitor moods and thoughts, which are particularly useful in keeping relationships of all kinds in balance. The one flaw with the program is that Carlson is too dismissive of therapy as a tool, characterizing it as keeping people "stuck" in bad psychological habits. Since he offers more balanced evaluations of other tools available to help people, this refusal to balance the view of therapy is glaring. This shortcoming in an otherwise helpful program does not negate the usefulness of Carlson's own suggestions. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Kathleen A. Sullivan, Phoenix P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.