Don't Sweat the Small Stuff! (And It's All Small Stuff) ----A manga version

by Richard Carlson / Illustrator:Chikako Matsukawa / Production:Trend-Pro Books+


143 pages / October, 2010 / 952 yen (w/o tax)

The huge bestseller that sold 5 million copies in North America and 1.7 million copies in Japan becomes a comic!


The comic-book version of the bestseller that touched people from 11 to 94 has arrived. Everyone worries and gets frustrated about things in their everyday lives. This book is packed with practical hints about how not to get caught up in those small things. A canine doctor from above gives humans the gift of living with a serene feeling of happiness. In his gentle way, the dog helps stressed-out people who worry about one thing or another. It makes a great gift!

From the table of contents

1. Make Peace with Imperfection
2. Let Go of the Idea That Gentle, Relaxed People Can’t Be Superachievers
3. Be Aware of the Snowball Effect of Your Thinking
4. Remind Yourself That When You Die, Your “In Basket” Won’t Be Empty
5. Learn to Live in the Present Moment
6. Become More Patient
7. Argue for Your Limitations and They’re Yours
8. Think of What You Have Instead of What You Want
9. Remember That You Become What You Practice Most

From the editor

How do you turn a million-selling book into a comic? After a lot of worrying, the answer I came up with was to “be faithful to the original.” I decided to complete one story on each two-page spread, and construct each episode based on the original, but the thing I was worried about was the characters. I chose from among a cat, rabbit, alien, and various other characters, settling on something from above that comes to teach people who are “sweating the small stuff” that it is “all small stuff.” This canine doctor turned out to be a very cute, healing character.


Richard Carlson

A psychologist and stress consultant, Richard Carlson gives advice that’s full of humor and easy to understand, but “don’t sweat the small stuff” can be put to use by anyone. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is a bestseller all over the world.

Illustrator:Chikako Matsukawa

Kyoto-based illustrator Chikako Matsukawa creates mainly illustrations and comics for print, advertisements, and the Web. Her illustrations have appeared in Get Rid of Your Worries in a Tenth of a Second (Shigeki Kenichiro/PHP Institute), Bookkeeping and Taxes For Home-Office Workers Made Easy (Ozawa Ikuro/Natsume Publishing), and many more.

Production:Trend-Pro Books+

Founded in 1988, Trend-Pro Books+ is a production company creating comics and illustrations using various tools. Books+ is a division of Trend-Pro, one of Japan’s top-earning companies, which specializes in book production by taking advantage of the parent company’s production know-how. The production team is one of the best in the industry and handles all aspects of planning, editing, and production.