Author Richard Carlson, 45, dies

Richard CarlsonRichard Carlson, best selling author the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series, died suddenly on December 13 of a pulmonary embolism resulting in cardiac arrest while enroute to New York. He was 45.

Like the message in his books, the focus of Dr. Carlson’s life was on gratitude, generosity and kindness. He embodied those traits in everything he did, becoming a dear friend to everyone who knew and worked with him.

Dr. Carlson was the author of 30 books including the just-published Don’t Get Scrooged. His books have been published in 135 countries and translated into more than 30 different languages.

His daily meditation and commitment to inner and outer peace were manifest not only in his books, but also in his calm and focused presence. He was at ease with life, and shared that sense of contentment even while acknowledging and working to solve the world’s myriad problems.

Richard Carlson was born on May 16, 1961 and grew up in Piedmont, Calif. He received his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University, his Ph.D. in psychology from Sierra University and received an honorary degree in law from Pepperdine University. He was in private practice as a psychotherapist when he started to publish books about psychological and spiritual health. When his books started to attract a large audience, he began writing full time so he could teach more people how to be more fully present for their lives.

Dr. Carlson is survived by his wife and life partner of 25 years, Kris Carlson, his co-author on Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love and the author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women, and his loving daughters Jasmine and Kenna.

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