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Selections from Richard Carlson's You Can Be Happy No Matter What:

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Selections from Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield's For the Love of God: Handbook for the Spirit:

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Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Selections from Handbook for the Heart:

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Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Selections from Slowing Down to the Speed of Life:

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Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Selections from You Can Feel Good Again:

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Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Selections from Shortcut through Therapy:

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Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five

Richard Carlson

Richard Carlson, Ph.D., is a practicing therapist and frequent lecturer on happiness and stress reduction. Benjamin Shield, Ph.D., is an educator, lecturer, and therapist who has written numerous articles on psychology, healing, and spirituality. Together, Carlson and Shield created and edited many bestselling books, including Handbook for the Heart, Healers on Healing, and For the Love of God.

You Can Be Happy

Richard Carlson's You Can Be Happy No Matter What (review or buy) explores how our thoughts directly lead to our feelings, and how we have the power to choose our thoughts.  In his book, Richard Carlson explores methods for alleviating stress and securing inner peace.  "Thought is not something that happens to us," writes Richard Carlson, "but something that we do... What we think determines what we see -- even thought it often seems the other way around."

For the Love of God

In this collection of original essays, twenty-five writers from spirituality and psychology fields share their personal experiences of the divine.  Richard Calson and Benjamin Shield's For the Love of God (review or buy) features the Dalai Lama on the central importance of kindness, Sue Bender on the small miracles of everyday life, Rabbi Harold Kushner on how God appears in relationships, and many other inspiring essays.  

Handbook for the Heart

What is love? Why is it central to our happiness and personal growth? And how can we find it, nurture it, express it, keep it alive?  In this inspiring anthology, thirty-four of today's best-known spiritual teachers provide us with answers-and illuminate the many ways we can fill our lives with love. Handbook for the Heart (review or buy) includes writings by Leo Buscaglia, Deepak Chopra, Stephen R. Covey, Marianne Williamson and many more.

Slowing Down

Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey's Slowing Down to the Speed of Life (review or buy) focuses on changing our attitudes. By using simple exercises to slow down our minds and focus on the present moment, we can actually achieve greater productivity and creativity - all while maintaining a calmer, healthier state of mind. The book helps us to enjoy the increased creativity and productivity that flow from inner calm.

You Can Feel Good Again

Richard Carlson's You Can Feel Good Again (review or buy) is based on the principles of Psychology of Mind.

Shortcut through Therapy

Richard Carlson's Shortcut through Therapy (review or buy) outlines ten principles of growth-oriented, contented living.