Friday, May 27, 2011

You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles For Keeping Life in Perspective by Dr. Richard Carlson



New World Library

Release Date:
March 2003

Basically this is a self-help book which shows you how thoughts control your emotions. The premise is that if you keep negative thoughts away, you’ll be a happier person. It tries to show readers that happiness is in their own control.

While that’s true, and a lot of the information was pretty much common sense, to just put negative thoughts out of your mind, is much easier said than done. At least it is for me. There are many times when I don’t mean to think of something bad, but it works it’s way into my mind. I find myself more able to put bad things out of my mind when I keep busy doing something like reading :)

It was an interesting book to listen to in the car, though. Unfortunately, I think all the main points went out of my head as soon as the last CD was finished. I just don’t think to simply keep negative thoughts out of your head is the answer, it’s just not always able to be done. A good idea, but just too simplistic an answer for those with serious problems (not that I have really have any - I just thought the topic was an interesting one to listen to).

For reading challenge:

A to Z Reading Challenge


  1. Great, concise review, Yvonne. I do think our thoughts control our emotions, to an extent.

  2. I partly agree our thoughts control how we feel, but i also agree it is difficult to keep negative thoughts away when you have serious problems. Great review!

  3. Thanks...

    I just think it's an easy thing to say "keep the negative thoughts out". I'm sure if it was that easy, we'd all be doing it. I do think some of us tend to obsess over the negative and often these thoughts are for nothing because the stuff we worry about doesn't even really happen.


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