It seems so natural to us, that we often forget than we can stop worrying. As is often the case, Dale Carnegie seems to have worked it out in How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Here are some of the highlights from the 1948 classic :
- “Don’t stew about the future. Just live each day until bedtime”. “Let the past bury its dead”
- The next time trouble hits, think what’s the worst that can happen, mentally prepare for the worst, then calmly try to improve upon the worst
- Half of worry is based on insufficient information. Get the facts.
- Once decided, act – don’t think about outcomes
- “Co-operate with the inevitable”
- Don’t try to get even with enemies. Never waste a minute thinking about people we don’t like.
- “Let’s not imitate others”
- “Instead of worrying about ingratitude, let’s expect it”
- “Unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment. It often means you have aroused jealousy and envy”
- Do things for the sake of itself, not to get gratitude
- “Count your blessings – not your problems!”
- Rest and relax at work and home. Sleep well.